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Rootstock Radio: Inside the Tea Industry with Ahmed Rahim

Ahmed Rahim is the co-founder, CEO and “Chief Alchemist” behind Numi Organic Tea, the largest premium, organic, fair-trade-certified tea company in North America. He and his sister, Reem, were inspired to create Numi Tea by the desire to share a tea made from dried desert lime that they enjoyed as children—the drink of hospitality in …

July 16th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Dr. Erin Silva, “Soil Whiz”

Download Dr. Erin Silva is an assistant professor in the plant pathology department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research and extension program focuses on sustainable and organic cropping systems, cover crops and cover-crop-based no-till production, and the impact of organic management on soil. In short, Dr. Silva is kind of a soil …

June 26th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Power of We: Giving Farmers a Leg Up at Viva Farms

By now, you’ve likely heard of the “graying” of American farmers. While existing farmers grow older, barriers for new farmers—which include capital investment for machinery and land, knowledge and community, and other factors—remain high. The result? Farmers are fewer and older than ever. A host of dire problems, including climate change, soil degradation and water …

May 9th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


Exciting Research Breeds Seeds for Microclimates

The following is a guest contribution by Michael Sligh and Kelli Dale of RAFI-USA.  Organic farmers across the Southeast have identified one of the major barriers to greater organic expansion in the region—a lack of regionally adapted organic seeds. You might assume that corn grown in Iowa will grow just as well in North Carolina, …

April 25th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Organic Shouldn’t Be “Grassroots vs. Suits”

Download Grace Gershuny is a widely known author, educator and organic consultant who spent many years as an organic farmer in Vermont. She was one of the founding members of the Organic Trade Association (OTA), and was recruited by the USDA the 1990s to help develop the first organic regulations. Grace jokingly tells people “I …

March 26th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: ‘Ag in the Middle’ & Eating Local with Kathleen Bauer

Download Kathleen Bauer is a writer, blogger, producer and cook who connects the dots between what’s happening with farmers in the fields and what she puts on her table to feed family and friends. Her blog, called Good Stuff NW, got a lot of attention for an article she wrote in March 2017 called Why …

February 26th, 2018  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio  |  2 Comments


Rootstock Radio: Preserving Beauty and Bounty in the Mississippi Valley

Download Carol Abrahamzon is executive director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a regional non-profit land trust based in La Crosse, WI. With over a decade of experience in non-profit management as well as a first-hand knowledge of responsible land stewardship and conservation, Carol says that the line between work and home often blurs for her—and …

February 21st, 2018  |  Published in Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Animal Welfare in Organic Agriculture

Download Dr. Meggan Hain is an animal care specialist for CROPP Cooperative. Born to a farming family in South Africa, Meggan received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Ohio State University. Meggan is passionate about working with farms to improve management practices, prevent disease and improve farm productivity. …

February 13th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Not All Organic Eggs Are Created Equal

Download Under current USDA organic regulations, not all organic eggs are created equal. Large-scale poultry producers are able to cut corners in ways that don’t align with one of the core principles of organic: that “animals are able to exhibit their natural behaviors,” says Melissa Hughes, general counsel for Organic Valley, and who has spent …

February 7th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Supporting Emerging Farmers Across Gender & Ethnicity

If you’re interested in where your food comes from, you’re not alone. Most Americans, it seems, want food that is local, organic, and natural. According to recent research, an overwhelming majority of households in U.S. states—70 to 90 percent— purchase at least some organic foods for their families. That’s a big change in consumer demand …

January 24th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


 
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