Consultants get up in front of groups all the time, but we don’t often stand behind a microphone with a guitar in hand — wearing our fanciest cowboy boots and party dress — open our mouths, and yodel.

This consultant who moonlights as a Texas swing guitar player hasn’t had quite so much fun in a long time.

On Saturday night, April 5, the Sagebrush Sisters took the stage at The Vue in downtown Corvallis, Oregon. We entertained a couple hundred (ish) friends and supporters of four fantastic mid-Valley conservation nonprofits at Roots to Rivers, a new joint fundraising event. Sharing the benefit of the event were:

  • Calapooia Watershed Council, a community organization working to promote and sustain the health of the Calapooia Watershed in the southern Willamette Valley. A fun tidbit about this group is its location in Brownsville, Oregon, which is the setting for the fictional town of Castle Rock in the film Stand by Me.
  • Greenbelt Land Trust, a local land conservation nonprofit focused on protecting ecologically, agriculturally, and historically significant lands in the mid-Willamette Valley.
  • Marys River Watershed Council, cultivating strong neighborhood ownership of the watershed’s health and voluntary land stewardship and restoration from Marys Peak to the Willamette River, from forests to farms, prairies to ponds, and backyards to school yards.
  • Ten Rivers Food Web, working to ensure that the Ten Rivers food shed will be robust in the face of ecological and economic pressures. This means that at least 30% of the food consumed in Linn, Benton, and Lincoln counties will be locally grown, processed, and distributed.

The two watershed councils and the land trust are all Solid Ground clients. We’re so proud of their amazing work and happy to partner with them as they succeed and grow. Thanks to all the wonderful people who came out to support the difference these groups are making in the Willamette Valley!

Allison Handler, Portland, OR