Sprouts: Growing Sustainable Food On Your Countertop


Eating sprouted seeds is a relatively recent culinary trend in the U.S., even though they are ridiculously easy to grow and can be an excellent source of potassium, magnesium, folate, beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin K. These days, bean sprouts, grain sprouts, and salad sprouts are readily available at farmers markets, natural foods stores, and in the produce section of many grocery stores. But I grow my own because it’s easy to do, saves me money, and I like to keep control over the process to ensure that the sprouts I feed my family are safe and at the peak of flavor and nutrition.

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Posted by Ashley

Mountain Rose Herbs Takes Big Steps in Herbal Industry Transparency

In a hyper-connected world full of consumption, how do we make the best choices when purchasing products? How do we determine the impact of our decisions based on our values? Now more than ever, we are faced with businesses greenwashing customers, and as a result, consumers have become detached from where things come from or how they have come to be. Terms like “natural” or “therapeutic” are used with reckless abandon and we are given minimal information to make the best choices for our bodies and our planet.

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For Life: A Tool to Measure Corporate Social Responsibility

 

For over a decade, Mountain Rose Herbs has worked closely with Fair for Life (FFL), a Switzerland-based, fair trade certification program that seriously ups the ante on fair trade practices, making life-changing improvements in labor relationships both externally and internally. The mission is clear in this program statement: Fair for Life’s vision is a world where trade, through ethical, fair, and respectful partnerships, is a driving force for positive and sustainable change benefiting people and their environment.

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Posted by Ashley

10 Zero-Waste Swaps for a Sustainable New Year

Welcome to a new year! What are you calling in and saying yes to? What are you letting go of and saying no to? The beginning of the year is always a great time to take stock of what’s working for you (and not working) individually and collectively. As I look back on 2023, I think about the choices I made throughout the year and the impact that resulted from my actions. I understand that every decision—no matter how small—truly matters, and our actions create a ripple effect in our interconnected world.

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Posted by Ashley

2023: A Year In Review for Mountain Rose Herbs

2023 was quite a year! While we worked hard to ensure access to pure, organic ingredients to support health and wellness, the Mountain Rose Herbs team also completed some exciting goals. As we reflect on the last year, we want to share our most notable accomplishments and extend our gratitude to you. We could not have accomplished these things without your incredible support. Here are some of our favorite initiatives from 2023 and a peek at what’s coming up in 2024.

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Posted by Heidi

Mountain Rose Herbs: Organic Sourcing from Pacific Northwest Farms

In 2001, we moved Mountain Rose Herbs from California to Oregon to be closer to our farm operations, wild harvesters, and processors. We are proud of the fact that we have nurtured relationships with our Pacific Northwest farm partners for 30-plus years. Today, we source about 75% of our American-grown organic herbs from Pacific Northwest farmers here in the bioregion we call home.

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United Plant Savers: Protecting At-Risk Native Medicinal Plants

If you’ve spent time reading Mountain Rose Herbs blogs, you know that one of our primary concerns is the alarming and increasing loss of native plants. Because of overharvesting, climate change, and habitat destruction, some of the most important medicinal herbs in North America are at risk or endangered, and several are already critically imperiled. We are passionate about finding solutions for these precious botanicals, but like so many important causes on our planet, it takes a village. We need researchers, scientists, data collectors, herbalists, farmers, wildharvesters, state and federal lawmakers, herb suppliers, gardeners, and the list goes on. In addition to all of these essential roles, we need to build connections around the world with other dedicated plant people who may be seeing the same things in their part of the world. We need to understand what plants are at risk and what alternatives we can access. This is where our allies at United Plant Savers (UpS) step in.

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Could Cutting-Edge Farming Practices Be the Answer to Ginseng's Survival?


For more than ten years, Mountain Rose Herbs has been working with United Plant Savers (UpS) and other conservation organizations to address the alarming decline in wild ginseng populations in North America. Despite concerted efforts and the support of federal and state governments, as well as ethical ginseng forest farmers and wildcrafters, the state of this precious botanical in the wild remains precarious due to overharvesting and habitat destruction. With that in mind, we are delighted to say that a new way of farming ginseng is providing hope for the future of Panax quinquefolius!

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A Sustainable Company Culture Starts With Employee Wellness

If you’re at all familiar with Mountain Rose Herbs, chances are you’ve heard us proudly shout from the rooftops that sustainability is always on the brain here. The idea that all life can harmoniously co-exist alongside our planet—absent of imbalance between what is taken and what is provided—is a concept woven deeply into our company’s seams. Whether that be our commitment to organic agriculturefair trade relationships, zero-waste innovationplant and river conservation, or community support, we truly keep sustainability at the forefront of our minds.

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Posted by Hailey

The Value of Fair for Life Certification: A Cacao Case Study

Among the stellar organizations that Mountain Rose Herbs works with, our Fair for Life partnership is one that we are particularly proud of due to the demonstrable good that it does. Its principles impact people and the environments they live and work in around the world, as well as our community here in Eugene, Oregon.

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Posted by Thomas K.

Roasted Squash Seeds Recipe: A Tasty Way to Upcycle Squash Seeds

If I had a quarter for every time I’ve found myself guiltily staring down at the seed-speckled mushy remnants of a squash I freshly gutted, I’d be retired and roaming somewhere around the Oregon Coast by now. “What in the world am I supposed to do with all these seeds?,” I’d grumble to myself as the seeds seemingly stared back up at me with a desperate look of maybe, just maybe, this will be the day I use them to their full potential. Repurposing seeds that would otherwise be destined for the compost bin can feel intimidating, time-consuming, and messy (full disclosure – the messy part is true!).

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Sprouts: Growing Sustainable Food On Your Countertop

Eating sprouts is an easy, delicious way to capture nutrients, minerals, and vitamins at their peak. Learn how to sprout seeds on your countertop!
WRITTEN BY Ashley

February 16, 2024

Mountain Rose Herbs Takes Big Steps in Herbal Industry Transparency

Transparency is key for ethical business practices. We're excited to say we're launching a new way to measure the environmental impact of our products!
WRITTEN BY Ashley

February 7, 2024

For Life: A Tool to Measure Corporate Social Responsibility

In 2023, Mountain Rose Herbs received the highest Fair For Life and For Life certification score in its history.
WRITTEN BY Ashley

January 29, 2024

10 Zero-Waste Swaps for a Sustainable New Year

Try these ten alternatives for a greener and cleaner new year ahead.
WRITTEN BY Ashley

January 10, 2024

2023: A Year In Review for Mountain Rose Herbs

We completed some exciting goals in 2023! As we reflect on the last year, we want to share our most notable accomplishments and say thank you so much. 
WRITTEN BY Heidi

January 4, 2024

Mountain Rose Herbs: Organic Sourcing from Pacific Northwest Farms

Did you know Mountain Rose Herbs sources about 75% of our American-grown organic herbs from farmers in our bioregion?
WRITTEN BY Heidi

January 2, 2024

United Plant Savers: Protecting At-Risk Native Medicinal Plants

Learn how Mountain Rose Herbs uses United Plant Savers' Species At-Risk List and List of Herbs & Analogs to help make ethical purchasing decisions.
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 22, 2023

Could Cutting-Edge Farming Practices Be the Answer to Ginseng's Survival?

There is a new way of farming ginseng that provides hope for the future of Panax quinquefolius!
WRITTEN BY Heidi

November 17, 2023

A Sustainable Company Culture Starts With Employee Wellness

Discover the connections between personal wellness and sustainability and how Mountain Rose Herbs promotes a wellness-oriented company culture. 
WRITTEN BY Hailey

November 14, 2023

The Value of Fair for Life Certification: A Cacao Case Study

The social programs that our suppliers undertake with Fair for Life funds touch on everything from providing educational opportunities to empowering women with training to start their own farm operations.
WRITTEN BY Thomas K.

November 8, 2023

Roasted Squash Seeds Recipe: A Tasty Way to Upcycle Squash Seeds

Learn how to repurpose and roast squash seeds with dulse powder and discover why organic is a favorable choice when using squash for culinary creations.
WRITTEN BY Hailey

October 13, 2023