Community Garden Helps Food Banks

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Three to four tons of organic food is produced every year from a community garden in Corvallis, and it all goes to local food banks. The Corvallis Environmental Center runs the Starker Arts Garden for Education (SAGE). It takes 500-600 volunteers a year to keep it going. The group wants to educate … Continue reading »

Drought-Resistant Gardens Paying Off

ASHLAND, Ore – The Ashland Public Works Department has signed up more than 40 homes in its lawn replacement program, as more homeowners attempt to cut down on water use during the current drought conditions. Ashland launched the program in June and reimburses homeowners who replace their traditional grass lawn with drought-resistant landscaping, including bark … Continue reading »

Interview: March for Climate Action

EUGENE, Ore. — Marchers are on a cross-country journey called The Great March for Climate Action. Several of the marchers are from Eugene. We first told you about them back in February. They started walking on March 1, trekking 3,000 miles Los Angeles to Washington, D.C. On Monday, the group of about 30 marchers will … Continue reading »

Corvallis Wooden Sunglasses Craze

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Two Oregon State University students had a vision of creating more eco-friendly outdoor products, and now, they are already selling biodegradable sunglasses to customers in more than 30 countries. Matthew Miner and Alex Cruft founded Bosky Optics about two years ago, and are now selling a line of wooden sunglasses. “Bosky is … Continue reading »

GMO Labeling Qualifies for Election

MEDFORD, Ore. – The measure to require Oregon to label genetically modified products was approved for the November ballot on Wednesday. The Secretary of State’s Office said the near 119,000 signatures turned in for the initiative were validated. They said just over 87,000 were needed to qualify, and it only took campaigners six weeks to … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Deer-Resistant Plants

EUGENE, Ore. — Tired of the deer munching on your hard work in the garden? Well, there are some plants that can survive a close encounter with wildlife. For herb lovers, there’s rosemary and lavender. And for folks that like those bright summer colors, try echinacea, rudbeckia and gaillardia. Some people like to have something … Continue reading »

Track and Field Championships Go Green

EUGENE, Ore. — The World Junior Track and Field Championships is happening at one of the most sustainably oriented locations on the planet–Hayward Field. The IAAF has activated its landmark social responsibility program “Athletics for a Better World.” You’ll find free water bottle filling stations and healthy meal options. Oregon 2014 is also the first … Continue reading »

OSU Hires Goats to Eat Ivy

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has turned to goats to solve some invasive plant issues. About 30 goats are roaming around the Crop and Soil Science building on campus, where ivy is taking over. So instead of pulling the ivy out or spraying chemicals to kill it, OSU hired goats to eat it. The herd … Continue reading »

Eugene Man Creates Mason Jar Koozies

EUGENE, Ore. — A new Eugene company is taking to the Web and road in hopes of raising the funds needed to produce a special koozie. The Mason-ry koozie, made out of silicone is designed to perfectly fit a pint size Mason jar and take on anything modern man can throw it at, including a … Continue reading »

In the Garden: Watering Your Plants

EUGENE, Ore. — True or false? There is a right way to water your garden. The answer: true. Water in the morning. It gives the plant all day, especially on those hot days, to soak up that moisture and really put it to good use. Watering in the evening isn’t so great. Leaves get wet … Continue reading »

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