Restaurateur gives produce stand to homeless man

A successful Southern Oregon restaurant owner sets up a business for a homeless man in a spur-of-the-moment decision.

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Christine Jackson, owner of Heaven On Earth Restaurant in Azalea, set up a produce stand near her restaurant and hired Christopher Hastings to work there.

Jackson hopes to eventually create a weekend farmers market at the stand’s location.

Jackson said she enjoys helping others because “I want people to look beyond themselves to see their talents.”

Hastings and a three-man musical band called FreeWater committed to work for Jackson every weekend to help create the farmers’ market, which plans to host artisans and crafters as well. The band members, who perform at the market, are on the verge of homelessness themselves, which Jackson hoped to help prevent with the weekend gig.

Read more at Ashland Daily Tidings.

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