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Bringing Amber Waves of Grain Back to Long Island

Once upon a time, Amagansett, New York, like most of Long Island, was farmland serving the burgeoning port city of New York. It produced, among other things, abundant wheat crops, which were ground by local mills into flour to support the urban population. Today, the hamlet, which lies near the tip of Long Island, about …

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


Animal Whisperers: From Milking Parlor to Massage Parlor

Dirty cows are uncomfortable cows. Fly-bothered cows are uncomfortable cows. And uncomfortable cows are not happy cows. Plus, they produce less milk. Is there a way, then, to make cows clean and comfortable—short of bathing them individually every day and fanning away the flies by hand? One way is with a rotating cow brush. Scratch …

June 29th, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming


Animal Whisperers: Your Local (Bovine) Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s easy to see why cows love pasture: lush grass, fresh air, plenty of space to amble around… Organic farmers have held pasture as a cornerstone of their farming practice since ‘organic’ labels started sneaking into early food co-ops. But even before the distinction between conventional and organic agriculture (when “farming” automatically meant organic farming …

June 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Animal Whisperers: Music Soothes the Savage…er…Gentle Beasts

Sure, excellent diet from pasture and plenty of time outdoors are the rock solid foundation to excellent animal care, but there’s a lot more to it than that. We want to share a few tricks of the organic farming trade that our farmer-owners use to keep their animals in peak condition and “on the sunny side” …

June 15th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


Rootstock Radio: Urban Farming that Transforms Lives

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Harry Rhodes, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Growing Home. Growing Home is a Chicago-based organization whose primary mission, in Harry’s own words, is to “transform lives—both individual lives and the community—through urban farming.” This transformation is accomplished through a transitional jobs program that employs over 50 …

May 29th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


The Land Connection: Farm Dreams to Farm Success

Much has been written about the “graying” of American farmers; they are, as a group, getting older. As of the 2012 USDA Farm Census (the most recent), the majority of our farmers were 55 or older. But there are signs that younger farmers are getting into the business. Nearly 20 percent of the new farms …

May 17th, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming, Power of We


Good News Oasis

If you’re like me, your brain could use a rest, if not a month at the spa. Heated elections burn me out. Since this one was a mountain-sized wildfire, I’m going to soothe myself via complete immersion in remaining facts. During our turn into 2017, Organic Valley welcomed the 2,000th organic family farm into our …

April 11th, 2017  |  Published in Health & Wellness, Organic Farming


Valentines Love Organic Chocolate

In this unpredictable world, it’s good to remember that there are positive actions, even pleasurable ones, that we can take in our own lives and communities.  One is to follow the simple injunction to “love one another.”  And there’s no better way (in my humble opinion) to do that around Valentine’s Day than with organic …

February 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Organic Farming


Rootstock Radio: Malik Yakini on the Good Food Revolution

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor speaks with Malik Yakini. Malik is founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, an organization that operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. He views the good food revolution …

January 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


On the Record: Organic Valley Strongly Supports USDA Organic Animal Care Standards

Organic Valley strongly supports the USDA’s final rule on organic animal care standards. Our farmer-owned cooperative, which works with thousands of organic dairy, hog and poultry producers, has long advocated for action to clarify the conditions and expectations for animal care in organic farming. We have lived with inconsistencies in organic livestock and poultry production …

January 20th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, On The Record, Organic Farming


 
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