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1 Summer 2022 Applegater
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Volume 15, No. 2
Applegate Valley Community Newsmagazine
Serving Jackson and Josephine Counties — Circulation: 13,000
The value of reflection
(and planning ahead!)
BY SANDY SHAFFER
Recently I asked our Applegate
Fire Chief McLaughlin to list a
few items that he felt were of top
importance for our constituents
to do before fire season gets here.
His top priority item
completely surprised me. The
chief said that he wished that
every property in the Applegate
had the reflective numeral address
signs that the fire district provides
in coordination with the county
(Jackson or Josephine). I was
stunned—I thought everyone did The address sign at the road shows the order in which
the driver comes to each home. Photo: Sandy Shaffer.
use these signs.
The chief explained that “fancy”
address signs are nice (and having one next driveways. These long driveways can have
to the house is fine), but in the middle of several homes on them, and many times
the night or during a wildfire those signs the homes are not in numerical order!
are hard to see, while a reflective sign “Like yours,” he said! That, I got.
would be very easy to see. Time is of the
We were the second family to purchase
essence if the resident is having a heart land on our private road, and we chose
attack, when a few minutes could make the parcel at the far end of the driveway
the difference between life or death.
for more privacy. But the county assigned
The chief also said that an issue here in us the second parcel number in sequence
the Applegate Valley is that many homes instead of the third number. So over the
See REFLECTION, page 17.
are off the main roads, up long, shared
Williams General Store
celebrating its 125th year
BY DIANA COOGLE
Trivia question: What significant event
took place in Williams, Oregon, in 1897?
Answer: The Williams General Store
first opened its doors.
So what significant event will take
place in Williams this September? The
quasquicentennial—125 th anniversary—
celebration at the general store.
In July 2016 Heather and Tom Glass
became the 21st owners of the store.
“There is a rumor there were 47 owners,”
Tom says. “But only if there was one big
Marge and John Chambers, who
still live in Williams, owned the store
from 1981 to 1998, “the longest
o f a l l t h e o w n e r s ,” s a y s t h e i r
d a u g h t e r, L a d o n n a , w h o w a s
21 when the family moved from southern
California to run the store and who
also still lives in Williams, with her
daughter and granddaughter. The
Chambers added an extended hardware
section and a barn for selling feed.
They brought in movies, a popular
entertainment for the community.
For years the most popular aspect of
the store was its potbellied stove. “Guys
would sit around and drink coffee and
See WILLIAMS STORE, page 5.
Eleven Applegate Valley farms featured on tour
BY JESSICA BULLARD
This summer the Rogue Valley
Farm Tour will offer the opportunity to
visit multiple local farms and ranches,
participate in field tours and activities,
purchase local produce and products, and
learn about the abundance of our local
food system. The event will take place from
10 am to 3 pm Sunday, July 17.
The tour is divided into three
geographic sectors: Rogue Valley North,
Central Rogue Valley, and the Applegate
Valley. This year, the Applegate Valley has
11 local farms and ranches participating.
The tour is self-guided, so you can go to
whichever farms you choose and stay for
as long as you like during the event.
Oshala Farm is a 145-acre, certified
organic, family-run farm growing more
than 80 varieties of medicinal and
culinary herbs. Here you can learn about
regenerative agriculture and sample herbal
products made from the herbs they grow.
Local-centric, organic meals will also be
available for purchase.
Applegate River Lavender Farm
(formerly Lavender Fields Forever)
offers you spectacular Applegate Valley
a n d - g o
you can enjoy
the view and
and meals, plus
the big maple
tree, inside the
m i l y
barn, or under
Elise and Jeff Higley founded Oshala Farm in 2013.
h is a
It will be open to visitors on July 17 for the
while taking in
Rogue Valley Farm Tour.
the sweet smell
and enjoying their lavender brownies, grass-finished and grain-finished beef with
tours available upon request. Pony rides are
lemonade, and ice cream.
Siskiyou Seeds is a bioregional seed available for kids under 50 pounds.
The English Lavender Farm is a
hub that produces open-pollinated and
heirloom seeds using organic practices and family-friendly working lavender farm
biodynamic methods. This family farm has with U-Pick, wreath-making, gift shop,
grown organic seeds, fruits, animals, ideas, essential oils, and lavender ice cream.
Rogue Artisan Foods is a small
and people since 1997.
Whistling Duck Farm is a certified polyculture farm raising goats, pigs,
organic vegetable farm and kitchen. The and poultry. There will be a baby-goat
Local Postal Customer
petting area for kids. The Farm Store
offers pastured goat, pork, and chicken
along with goat milk, eggs, and goat
milk soap. They also have bokashi, a
beneficial bacteria for soil and composting,
available for sale.
TerraSol Organics is a certified-
organic microgreen farm. Microgreens
are plants no older than two weeks that
have been cut just above the root before
they have a chance to mature. Tours will
include microgreen production and an
edible flower field.
Herb Pharm uses certified organic,
non-GMO farming techniques to grow
over 65 herbs on their farm. They use these
herbs to create high-quality herbal extracts
in a way that supports the health of their
customers, environment, and community.
Plaisance Ranch raises USDA
certified organic, 100 percent grass-fed
and -finished free-range beef cattle. They
also produce award winning wines, with
tastings available in their open-air barn.
Goodwin Creek Gardens is an organic
nursery specializing in lavender, herbs,
See FARM TOUR, page 2