Mountain Rose Herbs hosted a three day benefit festival for Cascadia Wildlands in September of this year. All profits made from the first-ever Rootstalk Festival were donated to support wilderness conservation campaigns in the Pacific Northwest managed by the Eugene-based non-profit organization.
Kate Ritley of Cascadia Wildlands called Rootstalk a “revolutionary event that redefined the rules for conferences and festivals.” Rootstalk drew over 40 experts and environmental groups who presented classes on sustainable living, herbal medicine, wilderness skills, urban farming, and homesteading projects to over 700 attendees. The festival also featured live music, a masquerade ball, fireside storytelling, an organic food court, and a vending bazaar with handmade goods for sale.
The event raised money through admission, festival merchandise, and herbal beer sales. Mountain Rose Herbs presented the final donation from Rootstalk to Cascadia Wildlands a week after the festival, just as Oregon issued death warrants for half of the wolves in the Imnaha Pack – one of only three wolf packs in the state. “We are using the donation from Rootstalk for a lawsuit to stop the State of Oregon from killing any more wolves. This generous gift will pay for all of our legal expenses including our attorney's time to help us put critically endangered wolves back on the path to recovery,” said Ritley. The Oregon Court of Appeals has temporarily stopped plans to execute the wolves thanks to this legal action.
Mountain Rose Herbs planned Rootstalk for nearly two years with a fulltime event planning staff. “Rootstalk was even more incredible than we could have imagined,” said Shawn Donnille, Vice President at Mountain Rose Herbs. “It was thrilling to see a new community blossom into its own, especially one focused on wilderness protection and environmental awareness. Wolves are near and dear to our hearts, so knowing that Rootstalk was a rallying force to protect them really validates our efforts and just brings us so much joy.”
The next Rootstalk Festival will be held August 29th - September 2nd 2013. For news and updates about Rootstalk, visit the festival’s page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rootstalk-Festival/193252730697355.
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