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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 Featured Post, 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


The Magical DIY Barrel Garden

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 Renee Frederick, urban farmer and educator The seed catalogs have started showing up in the mail, reminding us planting season is right around the corner. I’m choosing from …

May 4th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Sustainable Living


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 C future …

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


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


 
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