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Welcome Home Celebration

We’re home! So we celebrated! This past Friday, May 16th, Organic Valley employees and their families gathered in the La Farge Park to celebrate the grand opening of our newly rebuilt headquarters, just one year after the fire destroyed more than half our building. There was some déjà vu since it was almost one year ago …

May 19th, 2014  |  Published in 2013 Fire

One Year Later: Phoenix Arose

One year ago, we suffered a fire at our headquarters resulting in the loss of 2/3s of our offices. The experience was a very emotional one as that was our home; where we had our friends, our traditions, our successes, and our failures. I am happy to report to you today that we have moved …

May 13th, 2014  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Featured Post

Reflection Of An Incredible Summit

This past week I attended the Organic Valley Leadership Summit in LaCrosse, WI.  It was filled with inspirational speakers, employees, and farmers.  The first night was getting to know each other, dinner, and bed. The next day we took buses to visit our facilities at Headquarters, Cashton, and Chaseburg.  I had to drive alone behind …

October 17th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, CROPP Culture

Phoenix Stories: Cooperation in Action

After the fire at our La Farge headquarters, Clovis Siemon interviewed CROPPies in the midst of our initial recovery efforts. From these moving interviews, he put together a video that tells the story of the fire, the heroic efforts of the volunteer firefighters, the overwhelming support from our community and friends nationwide and the amazing spirit of cooperation among …

August 1st, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, On The Record

My OTA Award survived our fire!

Once again this year on September 25 in Baltimore, the Organic Trade Association will be recognizing pioneers and leaders of the organic industry.  I had the honor to receive this award in 2010 and it was fun and also humbling. As I looked around the room that evening, so many attending were leaders and pioneers …

July 25th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues

Renewable Energy Fire Safety

Last Saturday, 30 firefighters and renewable energy professionals filled the conference room at the La Farge Fire Station to attend a Renewable Energy Safety Forum. Nicole Spinelli, Organic Valley’s On Farm Sustainability Program Coordinator, organized the event and brought in renewable energy expert and firefighter Dan Fink to speak to the group. While the fire that occurred …

July 3rd, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Sustainability

On the Ground with the Masters of Disasters

  The fire is out. Now what? You may have asked yourself that question a few weeks back. The following is CROPP’s answer, step-by-step, based on an interview with three generous leaders of Servicemaster Clean, the disaster clean-up company that took the first big steps toward getting us all back into the milking parlor, as …

June 5th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes

Sweetness from the Ashes

Sweetness, while in the midst of our grief so many people have been sending their prayers, care and wishes for a speedy recovery. We appreciate every heartfelt expression of care and concern – they gladden our hearts and provide energy for our ongoing work. Last week I was asked to come to the LaFarge Elementary …

June 4th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Featured Post

On the Ground (and in the Attic) with Dean Steinmetz

The thing that impressed Dean Steinmetz? The people, not the fire. Recently retired from 20 years on the La Farge Volunteer Fire Department, Dean has seen all the evil faces of fire and destruction, but never has he seen this sort of cooperative response. “Everybody at CROPP was working very hard with this. Everybody who …

May 31st, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

On the Ground with Travis Unseth

Travis was leaving work from CROPP’s Cashton Distribution Center when he heard the HQ in La Farge was on fire. “I called our Microsoft Lync Administrator, Samantha Peterson, and she told me that the fire was pretty bad. I decided that instead of going home, I would go to La Farge and see what I …

May 28th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes

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