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Rootstock Radio: The Man Who Wrote the First Organic Standards

Download Harry MacCormack has spent nearly half a century—45 years to be exact—farming organically at Sunbow Farm in Corvallis Oregon. And although that in itself is accomplishment enough, it’s just the beginning of Harry’s list. Harry is the co-founder of the organic certifier Oregon Tilth and served as its executive director for many years. Additionally, he …

November 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: We Cannot Feed the World with Industrial Agriculture

Download Debbie Barker is a writer, consultant and activist who has served as international director for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG). A prolific author and speaker, in 2011 she published the book The Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights and the Economy. Currently, …

November 7th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Saying “Yes, AND…” to Organic

Download While the exact numbers are often debated, it’s safe to say there are over 25,000 varieties of apples in the world, over 16,000 of which are being grown in North America today. Susan Futrell spouts these statistics off the top of her head because she recently published a book, Good Apples: Behind Every Bite, …

October 30th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Why the Organic Movement Is NOT “Losing Its Soul”

Download Bob Scowcroft is an organic pioneer—a storied leader in the organic movement. For nearly 20 years he served as Executive Director of the Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF), an organization that he co-founded with two certified-organic farmers in 1990. With Bob at its helm, OFRF awarded over $2.4 million in support of over 320 …

October 23rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: How to Turn Post-Election Anger into Activism

Download Award-winning author, activist and permaculture designer Starhawk has written and co-authored a total of twelve books and is a prominent leader in the revival of earth-based spirituality. She created the Earth Activist Training, a course that teaches permaculture design grounded in spirit with a focus on organizing and activism. Starhawk is also a veteran of …

October 16th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Food, Fun & Social Activism

Download In 1983, Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Café and became a pioneer in the local food movement and a model for sustainable business practices. White Dog Café, begun as a simple coffee and muffin shop on the first floor of Judy’s home, was founded on the three pillars of “food, fun and social …

October 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: Stories from a Half-Century in Organic

Download Sue Kesey is co-founder of Springfield Creamery, and a true pioneer in the organic dairy industry. In 1960, freshly married and recently graduated from Oregon State, Sue and her husband Chuck Kesey opened the doors of a humble creamery in Chuck’s hometown, Springfield, Oregon. What began as a fluid milk bottling operation—bottling and delivering …

October 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: “Tantalizing the Senses” Through Farm to School

Download Anupama Joshi is executive director and co-founder of the National Farm to School Network, an organization that serves as an information, networking and advocacy hub for communities working to bring local food sourcing and food and agriculture education to school systems and early care and education sites. She is a recognized leader in the …

September 27th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Forging the Good Food Supply Chain

Download Tom McDougall, founder of 4P Foods, is a self-described “social justice activist stuck in an entrepreneur’s body.” Born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State, he later moved to Washington, DC, and found himself on a life-changing path dedicating his work to the good food movement. His contribution to the cause, …

September 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: Food that Heals and Empowers

Download In 2007, entrepreneur, chef and activist Cathryn Couch founded the Ceres Community Project, a non-profit organization that delivers free, nutritious, prepared meals to individuals dealing with serious illness. What’s especially unique about the organization is that it engages youth volunteers ages 14-19 in growing the ingredients and preparing the food. Cathryn has received many awards …

September 12th, 2017  |  Published in Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen, Rootstock Radio


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There is a dire need for honest—yet personable—education amidst the rampant apathy, ignorance and worse, denial about the true state of food and farming in our country today. As we face the plethora of rubber-stamped GMO releases, we need to amplify the hard truth with compassionate and honest voices, balancing the doom-and-gloom with solutions for contributing to a sustainable future.