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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


Rootstock Radio: Diane Ott Whealy of Seed Savers Exchange

Download   This week, guest host Anne O’Connor speaks with Diane Ott Whealy, co-founder and vice president of Seed Savers Exchange. Seeds have become a hot button topic this year, from seed sovereignty (the right of farmers to save, use, exchange and sell their own seeds) to the availability of non-GMO and organically raised seeds. …

September 23rd, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


5 Simple Ways to Make Your Garden a Powerhouse: It’s All in the Soil!

Editor’s Note: “5 Simple Ways to Make Your Garden a Powerhouse: It’s All in the Soil!” was written by CROPP Cooperative / Organic Valley Soils Agronomist, Mark Kopecky. Is your garden not what it used to be? The tomatoes aren’t as sweet as they once were—or they aren’t producing like they used to? Your peppers …

July 13th, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Gardening


Starting a School Garden: Academics

In celebration of Farm to School month, we’d like to focus on an integral part of farm to school programs: school gardens. Follow our step-by-step guide from gaining school approval to integrating lesson plans. School gardens offer a multitude of educational opportunities and health benefits, including building food literacy, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in …

October 29th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


Starting a School Garden: Planting

In celebration of Farm to School month, we’d like to focus on an integral part of farm to school programs: school gardens. Follow our step-by-step guide from gaining school approval to integrating lesson plans. School gardens offer a multitude of educational opportunities and health benefits, including building food literacy, increasing fruit and vegetable consumption in …

October 23rd, 2014  |  Published in Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


 
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