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Rising Moon Organics: Delicious Food, Waste Free

Rising Moon Organics (RMO) has served the finest ravioli and desserts at the Oregon Country Fair (OCF) since 1992. RMO was formerly one of many food booths producing mountains of trash over the 3 day festival, but changed their approach in 1993 to pursue a trash-free mission.

Eugene, OR, June 25, 2008 --( As a result, RMO has saved over 100,000 plates, cups and forks from going to the landfill. RMO marked its 15th year at the Oregon Country Fair in 2006, by becoming a not-for-profit booth donating all profits to local organizations.

RMO has been instrumental in creating a sustainable fair with less trash that supports the OCF in furthering its trash-free mission. The process began in collaboration with the Fern Ridge School District to wash most durables off site. And that was just the beginning for greening the practices of feeding thousands of hungry fair goers. RMO asked, “How can we create a larger washing model that, if successful, would lead to satellite washing stations around the Fair?”

This passion about creating less trash helped RMO see the possibilities. With the energy, enthusiasm, and follow-through to actualize this vision, neighboring booth "Bubbles" was born. "We named this washing model Bubbles; our mission for Bubbles is to wash all durables on site at the Fair." The Oregon Country fair takes place in the woods outside Eugene. There is no running water, no electricity, no sewer or septic system. So this is no easy task.

In 2007 Bubbles washing station washed, dried, and re-supplied 25,000 forks. In creating the Bubbles Project, RMO's focus has been on food-safety, planning logistics, conservation, and building our infrastructure. Their food scientist staff over the last 15 years has set up strict wash-systems with hourly monitoring & inspections. RMO created a 550-gallon water tower that gravity feeds into a propane-fired hot water tank. They have three wash stations, each with three to four-compartment sinks. One station is for forks, one for cups, and one for plates. All the sinks are concrete, which helps hold the soapy wash water at 110ºF.Washing an incredible volume of plates, cups, and forks is one thing, but how do you dry them? RMO in-house inventor created a Willy Wonka-style stainless steel convection oven that quickly dries everything.

The Country Fair was awarded a state certificate for being Oregon’s top steward of its rich archeological, 10,000-year-old native buried relics. Due to this sensitive ground issue, a septic system could not be dug. So where does the waste water go? Again RMO in-house inventor went back to work and created gray-water rovers that haul the dishwater off-site to be processed into city water.

How is all this possible? RMO supports Bubbles, supplying construction costs, on-site wash management, safety procedures, labor costs, supplies & propane, and carries the responsibility of this vision. Bubbles would not be possible without the help of the Oregon Country Fair staff, as well as its amazing Recycling Team and Food Committee. Other supporters of this project include Bring Recycling, Valley Restaurant Supply, and Eugene Freezing and Storage. The RMO booth consists of a dynamic, all-volunteer, 50-person team that meets once a year to play and do some good. When not at the fair they live their responsible lives as electrical contractors, architects, builders, artists, chefs, massage therapists, teachers, bartenders, gray water specialists, bookkeepers, inventors, mothers, fathers, teens, doctors, food scientists, entrepreneurs, realtors, graphic artists, and surgeons.

The Country Fair will be July 11th,12th, and 13th of 2008.

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