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Sweetening Life’s Possibilities Through Culinary Education

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest contribution from The Floured Apron. The Floured Apron is a non-profit based in the North Shore area of Chicago whose mission is to empower women from underserved communities in Chicago with the training, knowledge, and mentoring to forge a new and more economically-secure career path. Our objectives are to: …

January 10th, 2017  |  Published in Family, In the Kitchen, Power of We, WomenShare

Thanksgiving Tips: Part 2

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use and 10 percent of the total United States energy budget. Although the system as a whole is not perfect, food is a necessity for human life and …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Family, In the Kitchen, Sustainability

Holiday Conundrum

Holidays are a great time for families to get together.  However, animals don’t recognize holidays and their care doesn’t either.  Around our farm, we try to have lunch around 1:00 so we can finish milking and get the cows out, the barn cleaned and bedded.  We eat lunch, visit, relax, then at 4:00 p.m., we go …

November 14th, 2016  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming

Thanksgiving Tips Part 1

Thanksgiving is more than just an opportunity to spend quality time with family; it is also a time to express gratitude for all of the wonderful gifts in life, such as the farmers, farm laborers, cooks, and food service workers who help to make the holiday (and every meal) possible. While we are at it, …

November 11th, 2016  |  Published in Family, Sustainability, 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

Egg Carton Bats

These recycled egg carton bats are the perfect Halloween project that are even easy enough for kids. They’re also a quick, easy and adorable way to use up your old egg cartons! Check out our step-by-step video and the instructions below to watch these little bats come to life. Cut bottom half of carton into 4, …

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in Family, Featured Post  |  4 Comments

Happy Father’s Day from the Next Generation

It doesn’t happen very often in the busyness of life when I sit back to look around and appreciate the world I live in and the little things in life. Tonight, however, we sat on the front porch of the farmhouse with my family, and I was able to do just that. Father’s Day is …

June 17th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Family, Featured Post

DIY Milk Jug Luminaries

If you’re trying to find an easy and fun-with-the-kids Halloween project, look no further.  These milk jug luminaries are a great afternoon project in prepping for one the most celebrated holidays for spooks, ghouls and goblins of all ages. Materials: Organic Valley gallon milk jugs (one for each luminary) Utility knife Scissors Pencil Construction paper …

October 16th, 2015  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Sustainable Living

Excused Absences – Reducing Pesticides in Schools

Photo by Nick Amoscato Let’s start off with a pop quiz (insert obvious, loud groan here!): Are you aware of your school’s pest control management methods? I sure wasn’t, nor did I really think about it until recently. Knowing that my family doesn’t use pesticides at home made me take for granted that our school …

September 11th, 2015  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Health & Wellness

Respecting the Heritage, Respecting the Elders

There is this place, hidden in the nooks of one of the many valleys in Southwest Wisconsin. This place isn’t just like any other small town in a valley; it’s the town that I call my home. As you enter the town from either side you become surrounded by the beautiful untouched hills of the driftless region; …

September 1st, 2015  |  Published in Family, Outdoors

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