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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

Rootstock Radio: Pesticides – Past, Present & Future

Download Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook, PhD, is a renowned agricultural economist who has a wealth of knowledge about biotechnology, genetically engineered agriculture, and pesticides. This is the second installment of his most recent Rootstock Radio interview (Chuck is a Rootstock Radio veteran!) If you haven’t yet heard Part 1, you might want to stop right …

August 14th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio

Pollinator Friendly Alliance: Creating a Pollinator Friendly City

A sandwich made with cheese and sun-ripened tomato, bursting with flavor. A jug of red wine. A plate of strawberries and cream. Call it the ultimate picnic lunch. Or call it a meal brought to you by the humble bumble bee. None of these foods, it turns out, would be possible without the help of …

August 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Power of We

Rootstock Radio: The Delaney Paradox, Epigenetics & Children’s Health

Download Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook has a PhD in agricultural economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an undergraduate degree from Harvard University. He has held many positions over the course of his career, from chief scientist at the Organic Center, to executive director of the Board on Agriculture in the National Academy of Science, …

August 8th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio

Animal Whisperers: Cow Waterbeds—Yes, Really

I never thought I’d see the day when a cow would be resting on a nicer bed than me. Cow waterbeds were brought to the United States from the Netherlands back in 1998. Since then, they have become the bedding choice for thousands of farmers across the country. Waterbeds are different than all other types …

August 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming  |  1 Comment

Rootstock Radio: What Makes Organic Agriculture (& Life on a Farm) Beautiful

Download Regina Beidler calls herself an “accidental farmer,” but her commitment to organic agriculture, sustainability, rural communities, and caring for her animals is deeply intentional (and about as far from accidental as it gets.) Regina and her husband, Brent, own and operate a 40 cow organic dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. They transitioned to …

August 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio

Animal Whisperers: Respect the Cowbell

At the word “cowbell,” our first thought might be of an oft-parodied musical instrument (“More cowbell!”). But after that, we may fall into a bucolic scene: a line of cows, the leader wearing a gently dinging cowbell and guiding its fellows back in from the pasture at milking time. The cowbell isn’t just to create a …

July 28th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming

Ceres Community Project: Youth Feeding Their Community

In recent years, the conversation about natural, organic, and local foods has tended to focus on flavor. Celebrity chefs and home gourmets alike know that fresh, organic foods simply taste better than those picked green and shipped across the world. Flavor is important; after all, who wants to eat anything other than delicious meals? But …

July 26th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Power of We

Rootstock Radio: Want to Reduce Food Waste? Eat Ugly Produce

Download Evan Lutz, CEO and co-founder of Hungry Harvest, started out selling “ugly” and surplus produce from the basement of his dorm at the University of Maryland. Evan knew from a young age that he wanted to be a social entrepreneur, and never lost sight of that dream. Today, he is a frequent guest on …

July 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Chocolate Eclair Icebox Cake

When I was living in Wisconsin I stopped by the Viroqua Food Coop on a very regular basis to get a quick meal from the hot bar. One of my favorite desserts was their individually sized Chocolate Eclair Cake, and I could almost always find a reason to justify why I deserved this treat. I haven’t been …

July 24th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Recipes

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