Mirrormont leader Linda Shepherd is first Hometown Hero

February 10, 2015

“Linda has a very unpretentious way of getting things done,” said Heidi Kayler, of her friend Linda Jean Shepherd. “She is just a very grounded individual. She’s a natural leader.”

By Greg Farrar Linda Shepherd shows off some of the plants growing in her raised garden plot at the Mirrormont Pea Patch during summer 2011.

By Greg Farrar
Linda Shepherd shows off some of the plants growing in her raised garden plot at the Mirrormont Pea Patch during summer 2011.

Now serving her second year as president of the Mirrormont Community Association, Shepherd was also the driving force behind the founding of the Mirrormont Pea Patch.

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Cedar Grove completes the compost circle of life

March 4, 2014

Local composting takes global technology.

Cedar Grove Composting has grown a lot in its 25-year history of turning organic material into plant fertilizer. The May Valley facility recently won an Issaquah Chamber of Commerce Innovation in Issaquah award, due to its continuing community efforts. Such progress did not happen all at once.

“In 1989,” Cedar Grove’s Chief Environmental and Sustainability Officer Jerry Bartlett said, “nobody knew what compost was and nobody knew what to do with it.”

The company had received a contract with the city of Seattle to convert yard waste into fertilizer. It turned into a first for both entities.

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