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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


Rootstock Radio: Perennial Crops – A New Solution for Sustainable Agriculture

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we hear from Fred Iutzi, president of The Land Institute, about the importance of developing perennial food crops. The Land Institute seeks to develop agriculture that will be sustainable for years and generations to come, focusing on the cultivation of perennial crops and polyculture cropping systems. To this end, The …

May 24th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Simple Math and Common Sense: Energy Usage at Home

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! By Mark Lydon, CEM, Energy Advisor with Franklin Energy Every day, a house or apartment gets purchased with grand aspirations of beauty, style, coziness, warmth and fond memories. The …

May 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Happy Mother’s Day Coupons

Mother’s Day is a chance for everyone to show love to the ones who love us most. Flowers are wonderful, but when we also give gifts of ourselves, it truly makes days even brighter. At Organic Valley, we want to help you show your love and appreciation. We created a Mother’s Day coupon booklet that’s …

May 12th, 2017  |  Published in Family, Featured Post  |  13 Comments


White-Nose Syndrome Has Killed 95% of Wisconsin Bats. But There’s Hope!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Jennifer Redell, bat biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deep in the quiet and relatively warm but wet cave, I search for bats—my fellow …

May 12th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability


From Industrial Revolution to Food Revolution: Mill City Grows

Lowell, Massachusetts. The name is synonymous with the Industrial Revolution—not only its remarkable achievements, but the darkest chapters of its abuses: exploitation of children, bloody battles for workers’ rights, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of the owner class. If you haven’t checked in with Lowell since high school American History, you might …

May 11th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Changing the Narrative in Food and Farming

Download Karen Washington is an urban farmer and activist, as well as the founder of Rise and Root Farm, a cooperatively run farm in Orange County, NY. Karen co-founded Black Urban Growers and was a 2014 James Beard Leadership Award recipient, in addition to being called “urban farming’s grand dame” by the New York Times …

May 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


The Magical DIY Barrel Garden

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by Renee Frederick, urban farmer and educator The seed catalogs have started showing up in the mail, reminding us planting season is right around the corner. I’m choosing from …

May 4th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Insects Pollinate Your Food and More, and They Need Your Help!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Shahla Werner Back in 1987 renowned Harvard entomologist E. O. Wilson published a now famous paper called The Little Things that Run the World. In that …

April 27th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability


Family Fun! Download the Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

We’re excited to present our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt booklet for families and classrooms! Download the book for FREE and kick off your hunt for the many examples of sustainable practices that can be found in your home and your community! It’s a fantastic get-outdoors-with-a-purpose activity, a car ride distraction, or an indoor or outdoor classroom …

April 21st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


 
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