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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


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


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


Sharing the Joy of Gardening with a New Generation

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 Megan Minnick Some of my earliest memories are in the garden. My mother had a huge organic vegetable garden, and from a very young age I …

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


Rootstock Radio: Eric Lee-Mäder on the Plight of the Pollinators

Download This week on Rootstock Radio host Theresa Marquez talks to Eric Lee-Mäder, co-director of the Pollinator Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Eric is the lead author of several books, including the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Ecological Pest Management. The Xerces Society takes its name …

February 27th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


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


Growing School Gardens (and More) with GROW La Crosse

The U.S. has undergone dramatic changes throughout its history, but perhaps the most profound shift has been the concentration of its population in urban centers. Before the industrial revolution, only one in twenty citizens lived in urban areas. Today, only one in five live in the country. This process of urbanization reshaped the nation’s politics …

August 31st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


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


Garden-Able: Elder Care for the Whole Person

When Noreen Thomas’s mother moved into a facility for the elderly, most of her needs were met. The staff helped her manage the daily tasks that many older folks have a hard time managing, and her safety was assured. But still, something was missing. “She was an avid gardener,” says Thomas, an Organic Valley co-op …

August 3rd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Victory Garden Initiative: Building a Healthier Food System & Community

Photo courtesy of the Victory Garden Initiative Two uncertainties in today’s world have a disproportionate effect on our food supply. One is climate change. As catastrophic events like droughts, flooding, and infestations of pests and blight become more common, yesterday’s mono-crop farm practices become ever more vulnerable and unstable. The second is transit. The cheap …

May 4th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


 
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