Provender News

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]

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Sustainability Manager Job Opening – GloryBee, Eugene

October 16th 2018

Sustainability Manager General Description The Sustainability Manager is responsible for overseeing sustainability initiatives at GloryBee. This includes managing related programs, tracking and reporting on sustainability-related metrics, and overseeing internal and external communications related to sustainability. The objective of this role is to empower and align our staff and management team in sustainability efforts, manage related projects, and develop specific, measurable goals that can be monitored and adapted over time. The position is integral in helping our company achieve its vision [Read More]

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Senior HR Manager Job Opening – GloryBee, Eugene

October 16th 2018

Senior HR Manager General Description This position oversees the daily management of GloryBee’s HR functions while providing direction and support to all members of the HR team. The Manager is responsible for training and development, employee engagement and retention, talent acquisition strategies, performance management, safety and workers compensation, development of policies and procedures, along with law and compliance. In addition, this position works alongside the Executive team as a business partner to strategically plan and drive measurable results. Required [Read More]

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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]

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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]

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Prepared Foods Manager Job Opening – Moscow Food Co-op

October 9th 2018

The Prepared Foods Manager is responsible for the overall operation of the kitchen and deli, including supervision of the Kitchen, Deli, and Purchasing and Logistics (P&L) departments. This position is responsible for creating an exceptional customer experience by coordinating production of attractive, healthy food while meeting department goals for sales, margin, labor, cleanliness, and customer service. This position works closely with the operations management team, Marketing and the Store Manager to support achievement of the Moscow Food Co-op’s strategic goals. [Read More]

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From the Executive Director’s Desk

September 20th 2018

by Vicki Reich It’s hard to believe that in two short weeks from the time I’m writing this we will be gathered in Hood River for the Annual Provender Educational Conference.  The months of hard work many of us have put into the conference will start to pay off as we educate and inspire each other. This year marks my twelfth conference and the second conference I’ve coordinated.  Every year I feel the same way Troy did after his first [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2018

From the Board of Directors

September 19th 2018

by Jenica Caudill This year’s conference is in less than two weeks and your elected Provender Board has been B-U-S-Y. In keeping with this year’s conference theme, Minding Our Mission, Finding Our Future, outside of conference planning, our time has been heavily occupied with building an effective strategic plan. As the landscape of our industry and the needs of our members continue to change and grow, the board has been reflecting on what Provender has done well over the last [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2018

Board Candidate Statements

September 19th 2018

Provender holds elections for our Board of Directors yearly and it’s that time of year.  A designated person from each member organization will be receiving an electronic ballot soon.    The Nominating Committee has diligently and carefully screened these candidates.  This is the candidates’ opportunity to speak to you about their interest in serving on the board.  These statements will also appear on the ballot. Mark DiMaggio – Red Duck Foods Please share a little bit about yourself and [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2018

Flexible Working Arrangements

September 18th 2018

by Carolee Colter With unemployment reaching historic lows, people have a lot of choice in where they go to work. A lot of my clients in the natural foods industry are telling me they can’t find applicants to fill jobs, and the employee surveys I conduct reflect a lot of complaints about the impacts of understaffing and high turnover. Staff retention is becoming a hotter issue all the time. To explore one strategy to retain staff—flexible work arrangements—I turned to [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2018

Fair for Whom? Fair Trade Certification in the Context of the Fair Trade Movement

September 18th 2018

By Fair World Project Fair trade labels are everywhere now: on your coffee and your tea, on your t-shirt, and your toothpaste. Yet on each of those products, the label means something a little different, even if it is the same label—and there are so many different labels to be found on store shelves. Our new report, Fairness for Farmers: A Report Assessing the Fair Trade Movement and the Role of Certification, breaks down what each of the most common [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2018

Spicy DIY Pickling Spice Blend

September 18th 2018

by Mountain Rose Herbs As fall approaches our gardens start bursting with sun-kissed fruits and veggies. Preserving these gems of summer now is a wonderful way to bring a kiss of summer into your kitchen during the deep cold months of winter. One of our favorite ways to keep a taste of summer throughout the year is to make pickles! Try this delightfully herby and spicy recipe for pickling your garden favorites. Some of our favorite veggies to pickle are [Read More]

Categories: Journal Fall 2018