Building Community

Sustaining and enhancing local connections that promote the environmental, economic, and social vitality of the Applegate Valley.

A Greater Applegate (AGA) is the community-building organization serving the Applegate Valley. AGA’s work is guided by local residents who are encouraged to voice their needs, resources and perspectives through a variety of means: surveys, listening sessions, and outreach events. We like to say that A Greater Applegate is a place where community values, community vision, and community voices lead to community action.

The Applegate Valley is defined geographically by the Applegate River. The river’s headwaters flow from the Siskiyou Mountains of Jackson County to its confluence with the Rogue River in Josephine County. Numerous tributaries define the various Applegate Valley “neighborhoods” — including Little Applegate, Upper Applegate, North Applegate, Carberry Creek, Humbug Creek, Sterling Creek, Thompson Creek, Provolt, Williams, Wilderville, and others. Neighborhoods along each of these tributaries are both distinct and part of the larger Applegate Valley community.

Check out Applegate Valley Connect for all that’s happening around Applegate Valley! Add your business, event, news story or job posting to help increase information sharing and access in our community.

The AGA Board of Directors meets the 4th Monday of every month, except December, from 3:30 to 5:30. Community members and groups are welcome to observe a meeting or make a short presentation with advance notice. Please contact Seth at if you are interested in attending.

A Greater Applegate is eager to recruit new board members interested in helping us implement the Applegate Valley Vision and steer the organization into an exciting future. If you want to know more about becoming a board member with A Greater Applegate, contact Seth Kaplan at

Latest News & Upcoming Events

How to Build A Brand Webinar, Monday March 20th 5:30-7:00pm. Hybrid (Zoom/AGA Office)

Learn how to build and enhance you brand. Branding is simply how others think about your company. Are you presenting your company in the best possible light? Do you even know what others think of your brand? This webinar will teach you some of the easiest ways to improve or develop your company’s brand.  Join the Zoom.  Email with questions.

Business Network Happy Hour and Sponsorship Program Launch Party Wednesday, April 19th 5:30-7:30pm (Red Lily Vineyards)

Join fellow Applegate Business owners for a networking happy hour at Red Lily Vineyards as we launch the new Business Sponsorship Program! Your ticket includes light bites and one tasting pour of Red Lily wine. Purchase tickets.

“Tolerance or Inclusion” Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Workshop with Bryon Lambert of LaClinica, Wednesday May 24th 5:30-7:30pm (Applegate Valley Fire District #9 in Ruch). 

This introductory workshop presentation considers the varied levels of understanding of and complex relationship with equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) topics. Attendees will become aware of commonly used EDI terms
with a contextual definition of each. This will be followed by a look at one model of bias, which explores how they develop and some possible consequences. The session is designed to include ample time for questions and to share opportunities for further learning.  Limited space available- sign up early to reserve your space. 

Thank you so much for your love and commitment to the Applegate community! I'm super impressed with the integrity and character of the AGA team. Standing ovation for 14 neighborhood listening sessions!! Give yourselves big pats on the back for all the important work done thus far! You are appreciated!

Leigha Perry

It’s very rewarding to unite good people in a community. The effort to keep people focused on the end goal and the ensuing benefits of working together is a big job. I wish you all the best and I’m proud to be a member of this fine organization.

Mark L. Taylor

A Greater Applegate is fast becoming essential glue for this community.

Audrey Eldridge

You are doing a fine community job in the Applegate. Keep your hearts and heads strong.

Steve Dee

AGA is doing so much to support nonprofit, businesses and residents of the Applegate. Thank you for your dedication to this very special valley!

Brooke Nuckles Gentekos

Thank you guys for all that you do for the Applegate!

Sue Owens

AGA has its finger on the pulse of AV; we trust its judgment.

Stacie Brink

I really appreciate what this organization is doing for our rural community; they have so much to offer for rural businesses.

Jeanne Schattler

AGA is bringing the Applegate together!

Jeff & Carol Martin

My husband I want to support the excellent work that A Greater Applegate does for the community.

Deborah and Drummond Rennie

A Greater Applegate recognizes that the Applegate Valley consists of unique layers of diversity, culture, history, life experiences, generations, socio-economic statuses and differing access to resources.  Our community represents a wide spectrum of opinions, thoughts and beliefs.  We acknowledge that the work of rural community building encompasses more than any one of these viewpoints.  

We commit to accessible, inclusive programs, engagement and outreach that serves our community and supports the livability of our environment.  The AGA Board and Staff is committed to annually revisiting, renewing and reintegrating the current realities in this living statement.