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Down and dirty

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Oregon_Business_090605_0027Donna Smith and Robyn Streeter founded Your Backyard Farmer on the principle that everyone should be able to eat fresh, local food. And if you’re too busy or too clueless to grow your own, they’ll do it for you in your own back yard and leave a basket of vegetables on your doorstep.
 

Bad times? Move to Webville

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

webvilleNo one loves Oregon more than my buddy Bill — it’s too bad he doesn’t live here anymore.

 

Sea change

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

0505sushi020When Kristofer Lofgren decided to brand his new sushi restaurant “sustainable,” he knew he’d need to fight the perception that environmental consciousness comes with a higher price tag.

 

Reader input: Sports and the economy

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
 

Everyone into the pool

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
robin-medSummer is finally here in full glory and there’s a warm sun shining on some businesses despite the frosty recession. Who could have guessed during this past fall and winter when the bottom seemed endless that economic success stories would be front and center in this month’s issue?
 
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