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Defining Sustainability in Deeds

It seems that virtually everyone, from nano-scale non-profits to massive multinationals, claims to be pursuing an agenda of “sustainability.” But while the term may be de rigueur, the practice is a little harder to pin down. And that’s left many scratching their heads: What, exactly, does sustainability mean? One Madison, Wisconsin-based organization has an answer …

October 26th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We, Sustainability

Healthy Soil—Healthy You

If you pick up a handful of rich, black dirt, you’ll be holding a lot more than soil. That’s because healthy soil is a tiny ecosystem, complete with plants and animals. And it’s a good thing, too. This “organic matter” provides nutrients to plants—nutrients that you eat to make your body healthy. Healthy soil isn’t …

October 11th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Culinary Breeding Network

You’re probably just as guilty as anyone: You go to the grocery store, pick over the tomato bin, and fill your bag with the best-looking specimens you can find. That’s great news for tonight’s salad—but bad news for the rest of us. The problem comes when you take this entirely understandable consumer habit of picking …

September 28th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Power of We

Academy for Global Citizenship Rethinks School Architecture

You are what you eat, runs the old saw. But if you’ve followed a century or so of sociology and urban planning, the more salient fact might be that you are where you eat. Our sense of identity, it turns out, is inextricably linked to our sense of place. If this is so, then the …

September 13th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We

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

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

Northwest Earth Institute

If you follow the news, you might believe that Americans are deeply divided about issues like protecting the environment and combatting climate change. The fact of the matter, however, is that there’s a broad consensus in this country about the importance of greening and cleaning the planet. There’s just one problem. While most agree that …

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in Power of We, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

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

Beyond Farm to School: Moving Farm to Cafeteria Forward Together

The movement to promote organic, natural, and local foods has inarguably been driven by consumers. Passionate eaters in search of a fresh and healthy lifestyle have teamed with small scale farmers (or in some cases, become farmers themselves) in order to meet their own demand. Over the course of a few decades, this vanguard has …

July 27th, 2016  |  Published in Power of We

Supporting Community through Community Supported Agriculture

For most Americans, choosing organic food is a simple matter of aligning their budget with their values. Organic production is more labor-intensive than chemical farming, which adds to the cost of the harvest. But consumers who go organic are happy to pay a little extra for food that provides higher nutrition without the chemicals—and that …

July 6th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We

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