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Rootstock Radio: Investing in the Land

Download “The places I felt that we would get really lasting conservation were the places where the local people were deeply connected to the land and relied on it for their livelihood,” says Jill Isenbarger, CEO of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. People like watermen working in Chesapeake Bay, foresters in Maine and farmers …

June 4th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Raj Patel: Capitalism is Catching Up to Us

Download Raj Patel’s newest book, co-written with Jason W. Moore, is called A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. “Cheap things can never stay cheap for long. In the end those costs always catch up with you,” says the award-winning writer, activist and academic. This phenomenon is something Raj has been thinking about for …

April 2nd, 2018  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

DIY Natural Egg Dyes

Yes, you can dye brown eggs! Natural dyes work beautifully with organic brown eggs, creating rich, muted colors. Try natural dyes from beets (pink), turmeric or boiled onion skins (yellow), and boiled red cabbage leaves (blue). Here’s how: 1. Prepare the dyes: RED/PINK: Boil a few cut beets in a small pot of water until …

March 27th, 2018  |  Published in Family, In the Kitchen, Sustainable Living  |  1 Comment

Rootstock Radio: The Man Who Wrote the First Organic Standards

Download Harry MacCormack has spent nearly half a century—45 years to be exact—farming organically at Sunbow Farm in Corvallis Oregon. And although that in itself is accomplishment enough, it’s just the beginning of Harry’s list. Harry is the co-founder of the organic certifier Oregon Tilth and served as its executive director for many years. Additionally, he …

November 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living  |  1 Comment

Rootstock Radio: Food, Fun & Social Activism

Download In 1983, Judy Wicks founded Philadelphia’s iconic White Dog Café and became a pioneer in the local food movement and a model for sustainable business practices. White Dog Café, begun as a simple coffee and muffin shop on the first floor of Judy’s home, was founded on the three pillars of “food, fun and social …

October 9th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Forging the Good Food Supply Chain

Download Tom McDougall, founder of 4P Foods, is a self-described “social justice activist stuck in an entrepreneur’s body.” Born and raised in the mid-Hudson Valley of New York State, he later moved to Washington, DC, and found himself on a life-changing path dedicating his work to the good food movement. His contribution to the cause, …

September 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Secrets from Chef Monique Hooker’s Kitchen

Download Culinary pioneer Monique Jamet Hooker is a chef, teacher, and author with a lifelong enthusiasm for food and travel. Born on a small farm in Brittany, France, to a family of modest means, Monique trained as a professional chef in Europe before moving to the United States in the 1960s—bringing her heritage in French …

August 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, In the Kitchen, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Want to Reduce Food Waste? Eat Ugly Produce

Download Evan Lutz, CEO and co-founder of Hungry Harvest, started out selling “ugly” and surplus produce from the basement of his dorm at the University of Maryland. Evan knew from a young age that he wanted to be a social entrepreneur, and never lost sight of that dream. Today, he is a frequent guest on …

July 25th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Animal Whisperers: Your Local (Bovine) Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s easy to see why cows love pasture: lush grass, fresh air, plenty of space to amble around… Organic farmers have held pasture as a cornerstone of their farming practice since ‘organic’ labels started sneaking into early food co-ops. But even before the distinction between conventional and organic agriculture (when “farming” automatically meant organic farming …

June 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming, Outdoors, Sustainable Living

Common Roots: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Organic Valley

  In 1990 I was 9 years old. Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative was in its third year, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) hosted the first-ever annual Energy Fair. At the time, I don’t think I knew what the word “organic” meant and the only solar panels I’d ever seen were likely in photos of …

June 15th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Power of We, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

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