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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


Spiced Pumpkin Roll Cake

Roll cakes are so fun and impressive to look at, and they’re shockingly easy to make.  I love the pretty swirls of bright white frosting next to the pumpkin cake, and when it tastes even better than it looks- you know you’ve found a great dessert. The cake can be whisked together by hand and …

November 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Recipes


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


The Conscious Alliance’s Ripple Effect

American citizens are increasingly educated—and concerned—about the dramatic and unprecedented class divisions in the United States. The Occupy movement, in particular, drew attention to the gap between the richest one percent of Americans and the rest of us. A tiny sliver of the population, a few families really, control some 22 percent of all the …

November 1st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


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


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


New Report Shows USDA Beginning Farmer Program Is Working!

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided critical support and resources for countless beginning farmers and ranchers for nearly a decade. Why does that matter? Because not only are we losing farms, we’re losing farmers. Who’s going to take over the age-old responsibility of …

October 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Organic Farming


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


Halloween String Cheese Broomsticks

These witches’ brooms aren’t scary at all—they’re super-simple and downright cute! Kids will love seeing them in their lunch box (they don’t need to know it’s a healthy snack *wink wink*), or add some class by pairing with dipping sauces and themed garnishes for a grown-up Halloween gathering. Enjoy! Halloween String Cheese Broomsticks Print Recipe …

October 23rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Recipes  |  2 Comments


The Greenwashing of our Food: A Guide to Labels and Logos

Navigating today’s grocery stores can be pretty confusing.  With the plethora of logos, claims and phrases decorating products on the shelves, it can be difficult to find the foods you really want. Greenwashing occurs when a company promotes a false perception that their products, aims, or policies are environmentally friendly, using unverified statements, logos and claims. …

October 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Sustainability


 
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