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Animal Whisperers: Your Local (Bovine) Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s easy to see why cows love pasture: lush grass, fresh air, plenty of space to amble around… Organic farmers have held pasture as a cornerstone of their farming practice since ‘organic’ labels started sneaking into early food co-ops. But even before the distinction between conventional and organic agriculture (when “farming” automatically meant organic farming …

June 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


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, Featured Post, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: What Industrial Agriculture Can’t Accomplish

Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri, grew up on a small dairy farm in the southwestern part of Missouri. John is the author of 6 books and the 2014 regional report called “Family Farms of North America” which was published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) …

June 19th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


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

We wanted to share with you a few of our secrets around keeping animals happy and healthy. 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 …

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


Go Co-op! Solving Problems, Changing the World with the Neighboring Food Co-op Association

There are probably as many reasons to shop at your neighborhood food co-op as there are shoppers: One person likes the sweet, fresh, organic fruit; another seeks food to fit strict allergies; a third wants to keep her food budget local by purchasing produce grown on area farms. But how many shoppers choose the co-op …

June 14th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Propagating 100 Episodes! (And a Healthy Planet)

Download Centennial celebrations are on the airwaves at Rootstock Radio, and you heard it here first. That’s right, this week’s show marks 2 years and 100 episodes of amplifying honest, inspirational, and compassionate voices from all corners of the good food movement. Hosts Theresa Marquez and Anne O’Connor honor the occasion by sitting down together to …

June 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Indigenous Food Sovereignty & Activism, DAPL, Fracking & More

Listen to Part 1:  Download Part 1 Listen to Part 2:  Download Part 2 Paul DeMain is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and of Ojibwe descent. He is part of the Bear Clan and currently lives on the Lac Course Oreilles Ojibwe Reservation in Wisconsin where he is the managing editor and …

June 5th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rooftop Solar: A Big Decision with Big Benefits

Editor’s Note: This contribution is part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! More homeowners, farmers, businesses (even utility companies) are installing solar energy than ever before. Here, we’ll look at the benefits and impacts of a solar electric system installed in 2016 by Valerie …

June 1st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Rootstock Radio: Urban Farming that Transforms Lives

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Harry Rhodes, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Growing Home. Growing Home is a Chicago-based organization whose primary mission, in Harry’s own words, is to “transform lives—both individual lives and the community—through urban farming.” This transformation is accomplished through a transitional jobs program that employs over 50 …

May 29th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


Politics: It’s for the Birds

Have you ever brought up a subject, or raised a question only to be told,  “it’s political”? This happened to me recently at a gathering to celebrate the Great Missouri Birding Trail. I asked if neonicotinoid seed coatings were present on corn planted in the wildlife conservation area frequented by birders and nature enthusiasts. The …

May 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Sustainability  |  1 Comment


 
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