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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


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


Cooperative Network: Cooperation Among Cooperatives

The philosophical underpinnings of cooperative businesses have been around since the dawn of humankind; the idea that we can mutually benefit by working together is pretty self-evident. As a business structure, however, cooperatives really took off during the Industrial Revolution—as one of a range of strategies to help working people preserve some agency in their …

March 30th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We


CROPPies and Panthers Cooperate to Grow Billion Dollar Readers

                                                         Photo by Jocelyn Parker Written by guest writer Jocelyn Parker, a senior at Kickapoo High School in Viola, Wisconsin, and the daughter of Organic Valley farmer-owners Mark …

March 8th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Power of We  |  1 Comment


6 Reasons to Attend the MOSES Organic Farming Conference Next Year

photos courtesy of MOSES In February every year, when the land is still asleep but the seed catalogs have begun to arrive, thousands of farmers from around the country descend upon La Crosse, Wisconsin, near the birthplace of organic farming, for a weekend of organic and sustainable farming education, as well as fun and connection with fellow …

March 4th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


 
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