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Drumlin Farm: Fostering Healthy, Productive Biodiversity

Nature-versus-humankind. For centuries, many thinkers (including environmentalists) have applied this construct to try to understand our place in the natural world. Nature is something that thrives in the absence of human interference—in remote jungle rainforests or vast untouched wilderness preserves, while the human-built environment of our great cities show the work of our brains, hands, …

October 12th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Stories from a Half-Century in Organic

Download Sue Kesey is co-founder of Springfield Creamery, and a true pioneer in the organic dairy industry. In 1960, freshly married and recently graduated from Oregon State, Sue and her husband Chuck Kesey opened the doors of a humble creamery in Chuck’s hometown, Springfield, Oregon. What began as a fluid milk bottling operation—bottling and delivering …

October 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Animal Welfare Q&A: How Organic Valley Goes Above & Beyond

The USDA’s organic certification program is the gold standard when it comes to ensuring the quality of your food. An act of Congress sets the organic standards, and a 3rd party verifies compliance with the standards annually. Organic food is produced without artificial hormones, antibiotics or persistent pesticides, and is always non-GMO. As a certified organic …

September 7th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming


Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District

Droughts. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornados. Mass extinctions. A glance at current headlines explains the urgency that so many of us feel about the devastating effects of ecological degradation, habitat loss, climate change, and other grave environmental problems. It’s easy to feel that we are the first to face such devastating impacts, the first to care in …

September 6th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


Animal Whisperers: Using Nature to Fight Pesky Flies

Theresa Westaby has no flies on her farm. Wait… you might be thinking. What?! Ok, “no” flies might be an exaggeration, but only a very…very…very slight one. The Westabys, who are Organic Valley dairy farmer-owners in Illinois, have been using Spalding Fly Predators for 14 years, and they rarely see a fly buzzing around their …

August 31st, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming  |  2 Comments


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  |  1 Comment


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. Single chamber cow waterbeds were brought to the United States from the Netherlands back in 1999 by DCC Waterbeds inventor Dean Throndsen. Since then, they have become the bedding choice for thousands of farmers across the …

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 Organic Farming


Animal Whisperers: Vacuuming up those Pesky Flies

We all know the feeling—there’s that one pesky fly that has its heart set on aggravating you all day long. Well, imagine being a cow and having a whole bunch of flies aggravating you all day long, while at the same time lacking the dexterity to swat them away. Enter the fly vac. James and …

July 14th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


 
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