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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


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


Wind: Powering Our Future

Editor’s Note: This contribution is part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by Eric Udelhofen of OneEnergy Renewables For thousands of years, civilizations have depended on the wind for power. American colonists used windmills for grinding grain, pumping water and cutting wood at sawmills. …

June 8th, 2017  |  Published in Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Rooftop Solar: A Big Decision with Big Benefits

Editor’s Note: This contribution is part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! More homeowners, farmers, businesses (even utility companies) are installing solar energy than ever before. Here, we’ll look at the benefits and impacts of a solar electric system installed in 2016 by Valerie …

June 1st, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Ditch the Clothes Dryer. Bring out the Sun!

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 Amy Alstad My grandmother was a very thrifty person; having grown up during the Great Depression, she didn’t like to see anything wasted. She chewed half-sticks of gum …

May 25th, 2017  |  Published in Sustainability, Sustainable Living


Simple Math and Common Sense: Energy Usage at Home

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 Mark Lydon, CEM, Energy Advisor with Franklin Energy Every day, a house or apartment gets purchased with grand aspirations of beauty, style, coziness, warmth and fond memories. The …

May 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


 
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