Member News

Community Market Needs Your Help after Devastating Flood in Sebastopol, CA

March 11th 2019

Community Market has served Sonoma County, CA for over 40 years. Their unique business structure provides a worker-run, not-for-profit model with a mission to provide local, organic and ethically sourced products and education about nutrition, environmental and sustainability issues. During the recent flooding in Sonoma County, their Sebastopol location sustained significant damage, beyond the scope of their financial resources.  They had to lay off 70 workers and are in the midst of trying to clean up so they can reopen. [Read More]

Oregon’s Wild Harvest Celebrates 25th Anniversary with Donation to The Climate Collaborative

March 5th 2019

A Portion of Every Biodynamic® Herbal Tonic Sold Will Support the Nonprofit’s Work to Reverse Climate Change REDMOND, Ore. – March 1, 2019 – Oregon’s Wild Harvest, a leading grower and manufacturer of certified organic and Biodynamic herbal supplements, is celebrating 25 years of healing people and the planet by supporting the Climate Collaborative’s efforts to help reverse climate change. For every bottle of Oregon’s Wild Harvest Demeter Certified Biodynamic® herbal tonic sold, 25-cents will be donated to the [Read More]

News from Queen of Hearts Hemp Foods

February 4th 2019

Hemp Seed GRAS Status has Queen of Hearts Hopeful Hemp seeds are now officially recognized as GRAS (Generally Regarded As Safe) by the FDA after the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill in December. That gives many companies confidence in putting hemp seed foods on the shelves and adding hemp hearts and other hemp seed produce to their finished products without any question as to whether it’s safe or legal. It’s both! Provender member Queen of Hearts Hemp Foods, the [Read More]

GloryBee Honey is Now True Source Certified

January 28th 2019

GloryBee Honey is Now True Source Certified Eugene, OR- January 25th 2019 – Pure, delicious honey has always been a top priority for GloryBee, a honey and natural ingredient company that has been sourcing high-quality honey for decades. The True Source Certified® program, a program dedicated to certifying ethical and traceable honey, is a logical next step in their pure honey journey. Not all honey is legally and ethically sourced, and despite federal crackdowns, fraudulent honey may still be entering [Read More]

Seats are On Sale Now for Deli Ops 101

December 10th 2018

Are you ready to take your prepared foods operation to the next level? Seats are now on sale for the 2019 presentation of DeliOps 101, Feb. 19-21 in San Francisco. Produced and presented by Michelle O’Connor and Allen Seidner, DeliOps is packed with critical content you can really use — delivered in an interactive small group environment to create a highly productive and rewarding experience. A foodservice operations intensive designed specifically for natural foods co-op and independent retailers, DeliOps is a [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Announces Week-Long Take Back Recycling Event

November 13th 2018

Help us leave a lighter footprint on this Earth! Eugene, Oregon – In response to the changes in local plastic recycling policies, Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH) is hosting a week-long Take Back Recycling Event from Monday, November 12 through Sunday, November 18. The event will take place at the Mountain Rose Herbs Mercantile at 152 W 5th Avenue, Eugene. Mountain Rose Herbs will be accepting clean MRH plastic product packaging, including: Plastic herb bags (no kraft bags or plant cellulose [Read More]

Hummingbird Wholesale Launches New Website

October 9th 2018

New Website Launch! We are excited to share that Hummingbird Wholesale’s website will have a new face starting today! This is step one in a two part launch series—updating Hummingbird’s brand and improving user experience on our website. We look forward to being able to share meaningful and interesting stories about our vision and mission, our sustainability efforts, our farmers, and our products.For the first part of the new website launch, you will see is a more modern look and feel when going to [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Hosts Free Herbalism Workshops in Eugene October 14th

October 9th 2018

Featuring Expert Herbalists Dr. Tieraona LowDog and Paul Bergner Eugene, Oregon – Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH), is proud to present the Free Herbalism Project at Mt. Pisgah Arboretum on Sunday, October 14 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Free Herbalism Project is a day of full of herbal education, whimsical live music, scrumptious food trucks, and a bounty of organic tea. Paul Bergner will share The Power of Topical Herbs by discussing their traditional uses, including combinations and formulas [Read More]

Organic Trade Association Shares Social Media Kit For Setting the Record Straight on What’s Not in Organics

September 18th 2018

Help us set the record straight. Share these graphics on your social channels!   Suggested posts to share with the graphic: Consumers deserve to know the truth. Check out the long list of chemicals that are banned from #organic production and handling There’s too much misinformation about #organic out there. Let’s stick to the facts. Here is a long list of chemicals that are BANNED for use in #organic food and farming. Look for the USDA organic seal. Organic [Read More]

OTA Looks to Form Retailer Council

August 28th 2018

An Open Letter from Mark Squire, OTA Board Member I have been a member of the Organic Trade Association for more years than I care to count, and am now serving on the Board. As a retailer, I am both discovering in depth all the great work that is going on within the trade association but also noticing that retailers are underrepresented in many of the important conversations that take place. These conversations lead to important policy decisions and eventually contribute [Read More]

Mountain Rose Herbs Opens State-of-the-Art Milling Facility

August 13th 2018

Creating local jobs while reducing the company’s carbon footprint Eugene, Oregon – Last week, Mountain Rose Herbs quietly opened its brand-new organic processing facility—creating eight new jobs in the Eugene-Springfield area. This socially and environmentally conscious company’s dedication to sustainability was one of the biggest drivers behind the new facility. “One main focus for 2018 is creating a carbon-neutral business model,” says Mountain Rose Herbs Vice President, Shawn Donnille. “Having our products cut and milled right next to our receiving [Read More]

Provender Alliance and Sustainable Food Trade Association Partner Up

July 17th 2018

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA). Through this partnership, Provender members can receive a 15% discount on their first year of membership in SFTA and 5% off for the following 3 years. This offer is only good for new memberships. In addition to discounts on SFTA membership, Provender members can access SFTA webinars for free. The discount code is available in the Members Only section of the website. Links to the code [Read More]

SFTA August Learning Events Not to Miss

July 17th 2018

August SFTA Peer Learning Tour: Growing Sustainably: Learning and Sharing with Mountain Rose Herbs August 16, 2018, 1-4:30pm PT Meet at 4020 Stewart Rd. Eugene, OR 97402 This dynamic tour provides an excellent opportunity to learn about how Mountain Rose Herbs (MRH) has incorporated sustainability from the ground up since its inception. The day includes an overview of MRH’s sustainability program and accomplishments, and a tour of their office, production, shipping and warehouse facilities. Special emphasis will be given to [Read More]

Sustainable Food Trade Association Celebrates 10 Years

July 10th 2018

Since July 2008, the Sustainable Food Trade Association (SFTA) has assisted organic companies in building their capacity to become sustainable business models. As companies strive to implement sustainable business practices to complement the organic products they offer, they often find they need the best contacts, resources, and tools to bring about change. SFTA has been providing that, and more, for the last 10 years. “SFTA was launched from a spirit of both vision and practicality, we recognized organic as a [Read More]