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Concluding Co-op Month: Truest Words from Little Mouths

Cooperatives have celebrated Co-op Month in October for more than 50 years, and as a cooperative business ourselves, we are proud to participate here at CROPP. “It is a time for cooperative businesses to reflect on their shared principles and to educate others about the value of belonging to a cooperative,” says the Cooperative Network, …

October 31st, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post


Earth Dinner with the Organic Valley Interns!

As an intern at Organic Valley this summer, I’ve had the privilege of getting to know a group of incredibly smart, kind, and innovative interns. We’ve all wholeheartedly embraced the unique culture at Organic Valley, and its cooperative spirit of collaboration and progress. For such a special group, I knew I needed to host an …

September 1st, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Earth Dinner, Featured Post, In the Kitchen


Organic Farming Connections: A Young Farmer’s Photo Essay

By Peter Schmid, Organic Valley farmer-owner from Washington Since 1996 when my family farm joined Organic Valley, I have grown up as a part of our cooperative and watched it grow. So for years, I have had an appetite for learning about other farms in our cooperative. I have to admit, I have been envious …

August 15th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Travel  |  1 Comment


Animal Whisperers: Vacuuming up those Pesky Flies

We all know the feeling—there’s that one pesky fly that has its heart set on aggravating you all day long. Well, imagine being a cow and having a whole bunch of flies aggravating you all day long, while at the same time lacking the dexterity to swat them away. Enter the fly vac. James and …

July 14th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


Farm Art: The Art of the Co-op

Y’all know what a cooperative is, right? I always thought I did—that funky building with the mural on the downtown corner where hippies and hipsters gathered to get their granola, tofu, and quinoa. A magnet for the capital-disillusioned who believe they can create a better world if they help stock shelves and put their coin …

June 19th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainability


Animal Whisperers: Music Soothes the Savage…er…Gentle Beasts

Sure, excellent diet from pasture and plenty of time outdoors are the rock solid foundation to excellent animal care, but there’s a lot more to it than that. We want to share a few tricks of the organic farming trade that our farmer-owners use to keep their animals in peak condition and “on the sunny side” …

June 15th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


Our Cooperative is Something Special

Organic Valley is a co-op.  What that means is that the farmers own it.  The farmers manufacture the milk and Organic Valley is the marketer of our products and thus considered the farmers’ employees.  That puts it in simple terms.  However, I would like to try to describe what Organic Valley truly embodies. Our Annual …

March 16th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post


Organic Valley and Wauzeka-Steuben Elementary Grow Readers Together

The following is a guest contribution by Lindsey Lund & Josie McCarthy, sophomores at Wauzeka-Steuben School District in southwestern Wisconsin.  On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Wauzeka-Steuben School District partnered with Organic Valley for “Read Across America Week.” All week, the pre-K through fifth grade classes held dress up days and participated in coloring and essay contests. …

March 13th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Power of We


Organic Valley’s 2016 Green Spirit Award

Organic Valley’s Green Spirit Award is an annual recognition of an employee who goes above and beyond to incorporate environmental sustainability and green living into their work and personal life. Congratulations to Noelle Kehoe, 2016 Green Spirit Award Winner! Noelle was recognized for many reasons, but a few of them are because she built her home …

January 25th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainable Living


Year of the Turkey, part 1

This is it. This is the year of the inaugural Smith family turkey. Smith is a common name, but it’s my new name. Let me formally introduce myself. My name is Kaylan Smith, I’m 28 years old, and I have the privilege to work at Organic Valley. My husband and I married three years ago, …

November 2nd, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Family, In the Kitchen  |  1 Comment


 
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