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Rootstock Radio: Inside the Coffee Industry with Kickapoo Coffee

 TJ Semanchin and Caleb Nicholes are the co-founders of Kickapoo Coffee, a gourmet coffee roaster based in Viroqua, Wisconsin. The skills and passions of these men reflect directly in their craft: TJ is a veteran of the coffee world who spent time working, traveling and focusing on sustainable development in Latin America. Caleb is …

July 16th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability, Uncategorized


Rootstock Radio: Fighting Global Hunger with “One of the Best Ideas America Ever Had”

Download “How do you decide, when you have limited resources, who gets to have a meal today and who doesn’t?” This is one of the questions that M.J. Altman and her colleagues at the World Food Program face as they work to find solutions to world hunger. M.J. serves as the World Food Program’s editorial …

June 11th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Power of We: Giving Farmers a Leg Up at Viva Farms

By now, you’ve likely heard of the “graying” of American farmers. While existing farmers grow older, barriers for new farmers—which include capital investment for machinery and land, knowledge and community, and other factors—remain high. The result? Farmers are fewer and older than ever. A host of dire problems, including climate change, soil degradation and water …

May 9th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Two Problems In Our Food System, One Solution

Download In May of 2009, Gary Oppenheimer founded AmpleHarvest.org after realizing that one solution could address two problems in our food system: food waste, and access to healthy food. “If I could solve the problem of home and community gardens wasting food by enabling them [gardeners] to get that food to a neighborhood food pantry, …

March 20th, 2018  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: The Price of Productivity and Efficiency in Our Food System

Download As a successful plant breeder who has produced vegetable varieties grown on six continents, Dr. Molly Jahn could in good conscience end her contributions to food and agriculture right there. Instead, she has chosen to dig deeper, shifting her focus from plant breeding to the agriculture system as a whole. “It isn’t just maximizing …

March 2nd, 2018  |  Published in Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Preserving Beauty and Bounty in the Mississippi Valley

Download Carol Abrahamzon is executive director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a regional non-profit land trust based in La Crosse, WI. With over a decade of experience in non-profit management as well as a first-hand knowledge of responsible land stewardship and conservation, Carol says that the line between work and home often blurs for her—and …

February 21st, 2018  |  Published in Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Connecting Nutrition and Food with Dr. Joan Dye Gussow

Download Dr. Joan Dye Gussow, professor emeritus of nutrition and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, author, food policy expert, environmentalist AND gardener, has been called the “matriarch of the eat-locally-think-globally food movement” by the New York Times. Joan has served on the Diet, Nutrition and Cancer Panel of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), …

January 29th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability  |  1 Comment


Rootstock Radio: What Farmers and Fishermen Have in Common

Download Margaret Krome is the public policy program director for Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). Over many years, she has collaborated to create and sustain funding for a number of state initiatives supporting environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible agriculture. Margaret served the Wisconsin Rural Development Center for nine years prior to joining MFAI in …

December 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Alternatives To Capitalism

Download Marjorie Kelly is the Senior Fellow and Executive Vice President of The Democracy Collaborative, a non-profit organization that works to shift our economic system toward shared ownership and control, rather than concentrated wealth built on greed. Marjorie co-founded—and served as vice-president of—Business Ethics magazine, and received a Nautilus Book Award for her 2012 book, …

December 11th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: We Cannot Feed the World with Industrial Agriculture

Download Debbie Barker is a writer, consultant and activist who has served as international director for the Center for Food Safety (CFS) and the director of the International Forum on Globalization (IFG). A prolific author and speaker, in 2011 she published the book The Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights and the Economy. Currently, …

November 7th, 2017  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


 
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