April Change for Good Recipient: Pollinator Project Rogue Valley

April's Change for Good Recipient is

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley is a volunteer nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, working to inspire, connect, and educate people and communities to create and support pesticide-free pollinator habitats full of native plants. This mission will help create pollinator corridors between private properties, public spaces, wetlands, and wildlands throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond. 

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley

This Change for Good month's funds will help fund their initiative From Fire to Flowers: to distribute native pollinator plants to those who lost their homes and gardens in the Almeda Fire.

Your support will make this program a success and also help PPRV continue to inspire and educate our community about pesticide-free pollinator landscapes.

After the tragedy wrought by the Almeda Fire, there is an opportunity to grow back. From the Fire, we see Flowers.

Change for Good

From Fire to Flowers project is a new initiative to distribute free native species of plants, specifically selected to support pollinators, to people who lost their homes and gardens in the recent Almeda Fire. PPRV will offer two options to fit a variety of locations: either for partial shade (Western Columbine and Bolander's Phacelia) or full sun (California Poppy and Western Verbena). These plants are well suited for growing in containers and will be perfect for a porch or balcony. Their goal is to distribute 120 pesticide-free plants in EcoForms biodegradable pots to members of the fire-impacted community who are otherwise without a garden during this time.

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley

It is their hope that these native plants and the pollinators they will attract, will provide many reasons to smile this year and inspire many new future pollinator gardens in the Rogue Valley.

The plants and information on how to care for them all year long will be distributed in May 2021.


Pollinator Project Rogue Valley

This project would not have been possible without the generous support of their donors and volunteers. They’d like to thank Ecoforms who donated pots made of rice hulls, Klamath Siskiyou Native Seeds for seedlings, and the Grange Co-op for donating BioLive fertilizer, potting soil, and gloves for their hard-working volunteers. And lastly, the creativity of Karin Onkka Design coupled with the hard work of Courtney Buel made all the difference!

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley


Your support will make this program a success and also help PPRV continue to inspire and educate our community about pesticide-free pollinator landscapes.


PPRV is a local nonprofit that strives to inspire, connect, and educate people and communities to create and support pesticide-free pollinator habitats full of native plants, providing pollinator corridors between private properties, public spaces, wetlands, and wildlands throughout the Rogue Valley and beyond.

Pollinator Project Rogue Valley envisions people, communities, and landscapes all working together to support and increase healthy and thriving pollinator species everywhere.


Learn more about the From Fire to Flowers project by visiting pollinatorprojectroguevalley.org


What is Change for Good?

The AFC Gives committee focuses on ways that the Co-op community can support local organizations and groups doing important work in the Rogue Valley.
2020 is the first year of Change for Good, a register round-up program to benefit a slate of ten organizations, voted on by Co-op owners, through the cumulative donations of shoppers choosing to round-up their shopping total to the nearest dollar.
From one cent to 99 cents, it all adds up to feeling good about supporting the community.


More Co-op News

SNAP in the Co-op Kitchen and Thanksgiving

Use your SNAP EBT benefits for all Co-op Kitchen items through November 20th, 2020!

Recognizing the difficulties in food preparation for families who lost their homes in the local wildfires, the State of Oregon has expanded SNAP benefits to be used for hot foods, like made-to-order and hot bar meals from the Co-op Kitchen, through November 20.

And starting on November 16, you can get an early taste of Thanksgiving as the Co-op Kitchen hot bar rolls out the full Thanksgiving spread. 

Black Lives Matter

We acknowledge that the Ashland Food Co-op has not had a culture where all employees and community members felt safe sharing their experiences of discrimination in our store. We apologize for this. We are on a learning journey. We have reached out for help, and are listening to our Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) employees and owners who want to be part of the positive change we seek.

* * * * *

Vendors & businesses donating to relief efforts

From day one of the Almeda Fires, the Co-op team wanted to help the community. They reached out to vendors across the region and country to ask for their help with products, supplies and food to get to the fire victims.

And that help came through in big ways, getting nutritious food to displaced families, home supplies in high demand, and wellness and food for first responders and firefighters. Thank you for supporting these businesses as thanks for their help in our community's relief efforts.

October news at the Co-op

October is typically Co-op month, to highlight how differently cooperatives do business. But instead of talking about the 7 Cooperative Principles, or the ownership benefits of being part of the Co-op, we only need to look at the past four weeks to see what being a cooperative really means.

As part of the co-op family, you've helped the entire community immensely. 

Support Co-op staff to rebuild

The Ashland Food Co-op is dedicated to helping our community and our staff rebuild after the Almeda Fires in early September. 

For immediate support, the Co-op gave $1,000 to staff who lost their homes in the fires, as well as $250 for food and other household needs for anyone displaced due to a level 3 evacuation order.

We are thankful for the connection that so many of you have to our staff - you depend on us for recommendations, special requests, and quality customer service; and we depend on you for smiles, kindness, and interactions that brighten our day. 

Smoke Safety

There are some straight-forward and helpful ways to look out for your health when smoke is in the Rogue Valley. Here are a few suggestions:

Smoke Safety Tips

10 Things to Do in Ashland (When It's Smoky)

Ashland is a paradise for the outdoors - but sometimes Mother Nature has different plans for us.

When smoke from wildfires becomes an issue, there are still plenty of great activities to enjoy around our wonderful town. Check out this list for some inspiration!

Change for Good in September: Southern Oregon Land Conservancy

For the month of September, Ashland Food Co-op shoppers can round up at the register to support Southern Oregon Land Conservancy. Since 1973, SOLC has been working on multiple fronts to improve land quality and conservation for humans and nature alike. Check out some of the projects below that SOLC has been working on recently. And mark your calendar for Saturday, October 24, as SOLC hosts an Open Lands Day hike and tour on the Rogue River Preserve.

Chatting about community giving with JPR's "Jefferson Exchange"

Recently, Julie O'Dwyer, Ashland Food Co-op board vice-president, joined a panel of guests on Jefferson Public Radio's "Jefferson Exchange" to discuss how the pandemic has led to an even greater need for community giving and support of local non-profits.

JPR logo

Change for Good in August: KS Wild

This month's featured organization in the new Change for Good register round-up program is KS Wild (short for Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center). 

KS Wild is one of the most prominent land conservation and stewardship organizations in the region. They focus on the Klamath-Siskiyou region, which includes large swaths of Southern Oregon and Northern California (inculding the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument). This bioregion is one of the most diverse in the country, home to populations of wolves, rare plants and unique geographic formations.

Get to know Ashland Emergency Food Bank

The sixth cooperative principle, "Concern for Community," has become even more important since the pandemic began and economies, locally and globally, started to constrict. To address this, the Board of Directors agreed in April to release 100% of patronage dividends and designate Ashland Emergency Food Bank as a donation option for those dividends - resulting in over $20,000 in donations. And with the early launch of Change for Good register round-up, AEFB was a natural choice to receive round-up donations.