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Insects Pollinate Your Food and More, and They Need Your Help!

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 Shahla Werner Back in 1987 renowned Harvard entomologist E. O. Wilson published a now famous paper called The Little Things that Run the World. In that …

April 27th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability

Family Fun! Download the Sustainability Scavenger Hunt

We’re excited to present our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt booklet for families and classrooms! Download the book for FREE and kick off your hunt for the many examples of sustainable practices that can be found in your home and your community! It’s a fantastic get-outdoors-with-a-purpose activity, a car ride distraction, or an indoor or outdoor classroom …

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

The Climate Movement Needs You!

If every country that made an emissions-cutting pledge in the Paris Agreement keeps its promise, the individual commitments would only keep warming below 3 degrees C at best[1].  Current emission levels will result in temperature rise up to 7.8 degrees C by the end of this century.[2]   That should terrify you!   “A 4 degrees …

March 31st, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability, Sustainable Living, Uncategorized

Rootstock Radio: Keefe Keeley and Perennial Agriculture

Download   This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Keefe Keeley —executive director of the Savanna Institute.  The Savanna Institute is based out of Champagne Illinois and focuses on production agroforestry and perennial agriculture in the Midwest. Keefe says perennial agriculture is part of the answer to sustainable farming. Perennial agriculture does …

December 15th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Thanksgiving Tips: Part 2

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use and 10 percent of the total United States energy budget. Although the system as a whole is not perfect, food is a necessity for human life and …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Family, In the Kitchen, Sustainability

Have a Local, Organic Thanksgiving, Naturally!

Thanksgiving is the easiest time of year to “eat local and organic,” for the simple reason that nearly everything that appears on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner table has its roots in local, seasonal, organic foods. And that’s because Native Americans, and the Pilgrims they shared their food with, ate organic food long before it was called organic. Our …

November 17th, 2016  |  Published in Earth Dinner, Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Organic Farming, Sustainability

Thanksgiving Tips Part 1

Thanksgiving is more than just an opportunity to spend quality time with family; it is also a time to express gratitude for all of the wonderful gifts in life, such as the farmers, farm laborers, cooks, and food service workers who help to make the holiday (and every meal) possible. While we are at it, …

November 11th, 2016  |  Published in Family, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

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

7:10/4:30 in the Vanpool

7:10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. are the most imperative times vanpool members must remember. At Organic Valley, many of us live 30 to 60 minutes away from the office, so the company provides shuttles, or vanpools, to reduce the expense (and environmental impact) of us all commuting individually. But this requires cooperation. Although members on …

September 6th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainability

Heirloom Floriani Corn, Lost and Found

Of the many edible gifts native peoples of the Americas have given to the world, the most important is, arguably, corn. And yet, of the tens of thousands of maize varieties Native Americans developed to thrive in every soil, altitude, and climate, most were irretrievably lost. In the past hundred years, even more corn varieties …

September 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability

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