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FoodCorps — Solving for Pattern

Wendell Berry, in his piece titled Solving for Pattern, describes three types of solutions to the problems of our time: those that create more problems (think feedlots and water quality), those that worsen the problem they were intended to solve (think big tractors and soil compaction), and those that will solve more than one problem …

August 3rd, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Lessons From A Soil Agronomist

I recently had the great fortune of interviewing Mark Kopecky, a self-proclaimed soil lover and Organic Valley’s very own soil agronomist. As a soil agronomist he has a deep understanding of both crop and soil science.  He uses this technical expertise to provide producers with tips on managing the soil and crops on their farm. …

May 28th, 2014  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Sustainability

3 Ways to Respect What Your Mother (Earth) Gave You

1. Waste Less In North America and Europe roughly forty percent of all food is wasted and significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions are released growing food that will never be consumed.  So next time you throw away food, remember it is not just the food you are throwing in the garbage, it is all …

May 1st, 2014  |  Published in Sustainable Living, WomenShare

If you live on earth, eat for the earth

A week from today is Earth Day, a day that reminds us all to tread a little lighter on this here planet and take some time to thank Mother Earth for all that she provides.  This month is a great opportunity to think about the daily decisions we make and the impacts that they have …

April 15th, 2014  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability, Sustainable Living  |  1 Comment

Not All Dairies Are Created Equal

As a lover of both dairy products and the environment I am often disheartened to read about the carbon footprint associated with cattle.[1]  In an interview with Logan Peterman, Farm Resources Manager for Organic Valley, I quickly realized that when it comes to emissions not all dairy systems are created equal. He expressed that when …

April 2nd, 2014  |  Published in Sustainability

Pasture Perfect

When you think of agriculture in the United States what comes to mind?  Corn and soybeans perhaps? Well, did you know that rangeland and grassland pasture cover 614 million acres  in the U.S.? That’s over 200 million more acres than cropland, or roughly a quarter of the total land area.  All types of ruminant animals, from cattle to …

February 14th, 2014  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!

Update on Washington Initiative to Label GMOs

On Tuesday, ballots in Washington State included initiative 522, which if passed, would require the labeling of genetically-engineered foods. This is an historic initiative for two reasons—it has set a record for fundraising, and if it passes, Washington will become the first state to implement labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods. The ‘no’ campaign had …

November 8th, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues

Celebrate Non-GMO Month By Using Your Shopping Cart As A Vehicle for Social Change

There is a chill in the air, yellow leaves on the trees, and pumpkin spice aromas a plenty. It must be October. This month isn’t just about apple picking and corn mazes, it is also Non-GMO month—a time for consumers to reflect on their buying habits and learn more about GMOs so they can impact …

October 25th, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainable Living

Farm Aid: A Look Beyond the Concert

What Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young started as a benefit concert in 1985 has expanded into a whole host of resources dedicated to building a vibrant, family farm-centered system of agriculture in America. It’s called Farm Aid, a non-profit that provides a valuable network of hundreds of farmer and advocacy organizations, operates a farmer …

October 11th, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Departing the Driftless

It’s been 8 weeks since my arrival to the Driftless Region and the time has come to say farewell to this delightful place.  Below are 8 tastes of the bits I’ve loved, the bits I’ve learned, and the bits that make this place unique. 8. Supper Clubs. Complete with all-you-can-eat fish fry Fridays and prime …

September 17th, 2013  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post


Callie Herron is an Agriculture, Food & Environment graduate student at Tufts University. She's got a soft spot for dairy cows, an unmatched love for her native North Carolina, and an intense curiosity for all things agriculture. This spring she is a full time student and part time Mission & Messaging intern for Organic Valley.