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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


Sharing the Joy of Gardening with a New Generation

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 Megan Minnick Some of my earliest memories are in the garden. My mother had a huge organic vegetable garden, and from a very young age I …

April 21st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, 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


Organic Valley’s 2016 Green Spirit Award

Organic Valley’s Green Spirit Award is an annual recognition of an employee who goes above and beyond to incorporate environmental sustainability and green living into their work and personal life. Congratulations to Noelle Kehoe, 2016 Green Spirit Award Winner! Noelle was recognized for many reasons, but a few of them are because she built her home …

January 25th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainable Living


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


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


Pick Up Your Feet!

Photo courtesy of the Midwest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr Twenty years ago, my mother and I walked out behind the barn, through the darkness, bundled in our warmest clothes. We crawled under the fence and into the woods for what would be my first deer hunt. As I followed, she turned and …

June 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Forest to Table

Photo by Korona Lacasse via Flickr Ask any hunter to show you their trophies and you’ll probably be led to the basement office or back den where you’ll see mounted deer heads, turkey fans, or maybe a stuffed duck or two. The proud hunter will usually brush a little dust of each trophy and begin …

May 20th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living  |  2 Comments


Earth Day Seder: A Culinary and Social Experiment

This year the first night of Passover fell on the same day as Earth Day. What a fantastic way to celebrate history, tradition and of course, food. Oddly enough, I am, and always have been, a secular individual. However, this year in a discussion with co-workers it seemed like there was interest in putting together …

May 13th, 2016  |  Published in Earth Dinner, In the Kitchen, Recipes, Sustainable Living


Why did our %#$!!# chickens cross the road?

Remember a while back when I blamed last year’s turkeys for our chickens’ sudden bad behavior? I may have to take it back, even though the turkeys won’t have the luxury to gloat after my heartfelt apology. Sorry. Our chickens used to be such good citizens. After at least twelve years minding their own business …

May 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainable Living


 
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