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Biz Beat 8-30-2012

Saturday Market serves as Eugene’s street-level business barometer and we hear that one indicator, booth fees, are up slightly over last season at this time. “We’ve also been averaging about five brand new Market artisans every Saturday for the past couple of months, which is business as usual,” says Kim Still of the Market. “Also, we’re proud to report that our sustainability team has sent 13,700 lbs. of compost to Rexius instead of the garbage dump, and we’ve kept the equivalent of 43,600 plastic forks out of the waste stream by using metal forks.” Saturday Market and Lane County Farmers Market were open during the Eugene Celebration and big crowds were reported. It was great to see folks dancing with broccoli at the KRVM/EW stage.

Need cheap office space downtown? Helios Resource Network at 120 W. Broadway has some cubicle space available for $150 to $200 a month that includes wi-fi, utilities, kitchenette and a shared conference space. Other tenants are Oregon League of Conservation Voters, Basic Rights Oregon and Our Islands Conservation Center. Email cdt@efn.org or cal 686-5562. 

The Western Environmental Law Center hired Erik Schlenker-Goodrich as interim executive director as of Aug. 1, replacing Greg Constello, who recently moved into an advocacy role with WELC after 11 years as executive director. A national search is continuing for a permanent director to head the nonprofit public interest law firm, which began in Eugene and now has offices in New Mexico, Colorado and Montana. 

Laughing Stock Farm, known for its high-quality organic pork served in restaurants as far away as San Francisco, now has a biogas digester to compost its waste into energy that will replace propane. The 50-acre farm is on Territorial Road southwest of Eugene. Hestia Home Biogas, owned by Warren Weisman and David Rasmussen, designed and installed the $10,000 system that should pay for itself in about four years, Weisman says. “Small farmers are busy people,” he says. “They have a million things to do every day. Paul wanted a digester that was easy to operate and wasn’t going to break down.” In addition to small farm units, Hestia also offers home biogas digesters that operate off kitchen scraps and garden waste. Email weiswar@yahoo.com for more information.

Corvallis Beer Week begins Monday, Sept. 10, celebrating the craft beer industry for the second year with 39 events over seven days. About 33 businesses and organizations are involved this year, including several Eugene breweries. One of the biggest events is BARREL, a barrel-matured “craft beer experience” from 6:30 to 10 pm Friday, Sept. 14, at the Odd Fellows Hall, 223 SW 2nd St. downtown. See corvallisbeerweek.org for more information.

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