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Animal Whisperers: Using Nature to Fight Pesky Flies

Theresa Westaby has no flies on her farm. Wait… you might be thinking. What?! Ok, “no” flies might be an exaggeration, but only a very…very…very slight one. The Westabys, who are Organic Valley dairy farmer-owners in Illinois, have been using Spalding Fly Predators for 14 years, and they rarely see a fly buzzing around their …

August 31st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming  |  2 Comments


Animal Whisperers: Respect the Cowbell

At the word “cowbell,” our first thought might be of an oft-parodied musical instrument (“More cowbell!”). But after that, we may fall into a bucolic scene: a line of cows, the leader wearing a gently dinging cowbell and guiding its fellows back in from the pasture at milking time. The cowbell isn’t just to create a …

July 28th, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming


Rootstock Radio: Paul DeMain Interview Transcript, Part 2

Air date: June 5, 2017 Welcome to Rootstock Radio. Join us as host Theresa Marquez talks to leaders from the Good Food movement about food, farming, and our global future. Rootstock Radio—propagating a healthy planet. Now, here’s host Theresa Marquez. THERESA MARQUEZ: Hello, listeners. I am Theresa Marquez, and we are about to listen to …

June 5th, 2017  |  Published in Rootstock Radio


6 Reasons to Attend the MOSES Organic Farming Conference Next Year

photos courtesy of MOSES In February every year, when the land is still asleep but the seed catalogs have begun to arrive, thousands of farmers from around the country descend upon La Crosse, Wisconsin, near the birthplace of organic farming, for a weekend of organic and sustainable farming education, as well as fun and connection with fellow …

March 4th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


New Study Shows Organic Ag is Key to Feeding the World

Researchers at Washington State University have concluded that organic agriculture is key to feeding the world sustainably. The chart above shows that, according to 40 years of research comparing organic and conventional practices, organic farming (right) better balances the four areas of sustainability as identified by the National Academy of Sciences: productivity, economics, environment, and community well …

February 8th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming


A Conversation with Paul Hawken: “Carbon Drawdown”

This fall, Organic Valley hosted a special educational event called Grass Up with our friends at the annual national Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. We were honored to be joined by environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, and we’d like to share his talk with you here. In it, he speaks about his new endeavor, Project Drawdown, …

December 31st, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Sustainability


Whole Milk: Villain or Victim?

The Washington Post says “For decades, the government steered millions away from whole milk. Was that wrong?” It sure was! “Judging a particular food solely on how much fat it contains…can too easily blind people to its other benefits,” says the article. Research has shown the fats in milk are different, and “There is no …

October 12th, 2015  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Health & Wellness


5 Tips for Celebrating Farm to School Month

One of our favorite things about Farm to School Month is October’s abundance of farm-fresh foods, many in a rainbow of colors that children don’t often associate with food. Apples in colors other than red; carrots in colors other than orange; white, yellow—even blue!—potatoes fresh from the soil. And nothing beats the flavor of vine-ripened, …

October 1st, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


A New Year for Grass Up!

As we kick off another year of the Grass Up campaign, we’re thrilled with all that has happened since the campaign launched over a year ago, such as new science supporting the nutritional benefits of organic foods and the U.N. declaring 2014 the International Year of Family Farming, and we continue to have plenty of …

March 25th, 2015  |  Published in Grass Up!


Colorful igloo pops up on this Wisconsin Organic Valley farm

Take a look at what popped up on Arnie and Tama Trussoni’s Organic Valley farm in Genoa, Wisconsin this week! How creative and fun! Multiple families saved hundreds of Organic Valley milk cartons, which the Trussoni family filled with colored water, froze into ice blocks, and built into the colorful igloo in a few days. …

March 6th, 2015  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors


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Wendy Allen was born and raised in the cornfields of Iowa, and after multiple attempts to escape to other parts of the world, she found herself pulled back to the black Midwestern earth of her roots. She now calls the Driftless region of Southwest Wisconsin home, where she found a passion for organic food and discovered that fields can be filled with things other than corn. Still the wandering soul, she travels far and often, and has come to know that the most meaningful art is nestled in the places one calls home.