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Holiday Conundrum

Holidays are a great time for families to get together.  However, animals don’t recognize holidays and their care doesn’t either.  Around our farm, we try to have lunch around 1:00 so we can finish milking and get the cows out, the barn cleaned and bedded.  We eat lunch, visit, relax, then at 4:00 p.m., we go …

November 14th, 2016  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming

Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

When it comes to organic farming, the numbers tell the story: demand is up and often exceeds supply. Yet less than 2 percent of U.S. farm acreage is certified for organic production. While the barriers to changing this math are many, so are the young people with the passion to become organic farmers. Making their …

September 12th, 2016  |  Published in FFA, Power of We

Organic Agriculture’s Place in the Classroom

“What is organic agriculture, and why do my students need to know about it?” Questions flowed freely at the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators’ annual conference. Held every June in Appleton, Wisconsin, the WAAE conference focuses on giving teachers the opportunity to learn about new topics for their classroom. This year marks the first time …

September 7th, 2016  |  Published in FFA, Organic Farming

Building a Career in Agriculture

This June I had the good fortune of representing Organic Valley at the Wisconsin 87th State FFA Convention held in Madison, Wisconsin. Every year, FFA members flock to the Career Expo in hopes of learning about the many careers within agriculture. At the event, I shared my experiences as an intern at CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley …

September 2nd, 2016  |  Published in FFA, Organic Farming

Adapting to Our Changing Climate

For most of us, climate change is something that afflicts different neighborhoods, distant cities, or future times.  And while many people know something about California’s drought, or Miami’s drowning, few are aware that climate change has arrived in the Heartland, the breadbasket of our nation, and will affect all of us. This is because nearly …

August 24th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

Climate Change, the Farmer and You

We know global climate change is a real thing, and it’s going on right now. But do we know the science behind it and the effects it has on the people producing our food? In 2012, the U.S. Department of agriculture released a new Plant Hardiness Zone map. This was the first new map since …

August 24th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

The Natural Challenge to Organic

The organic food movement is always full of challenges. For me as a CEO, I face an endless set of challenges while building and running an organic business that every year is unique. Now it seems, in the midst of our success, that organic is having an identity crisis. We hear a lot of discussion …

August 11th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming

Dirt Rich: Purple Cow Organics on a Soil Education Journey

Not long ago, Sandy Syburg rolled into Flint, Michigan in his Soil Mobile. An old school bus repurposed to run on biodiesel and veggie oil, it’s designed to be a classroom on wheels. Syburg is teaching the public about the importance of healthy soil. Flint is notorious for its tough economy and crumbling infrastructure—most recently …

August 10th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening

Farming for the Future

In our family, each of us knows the story of the history of our farm. Every time we go to the fields, we know that 5 generations of Westabys have tilled this land, cared for the animals, and some have died here. Our commitment to organic agriculture is the heart of our farm, from how …

July 29th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Organic Farming

“We, the Farmers”: Our Declaration of Interdependence

Preamble Whereas how we eat determines how the Earth is used, and Whereas agriculture is the largest polluter on Earth, and Whereas the act of growing food should not contaminate water, deplete soil, kill wildlife, destroy the ozone layer, contribute to antibiotic resistance, leave poisonous residues on the food so grown, compromise human health nor …

July 29th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, On The Record, Organic Farming

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