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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

Organic Flowers Show Deeper Love

“Flowers,” wrote Goethe, “are the beautiful words and hieroglyphs of nature, with which she shows us how much she loves us.” And in turn we humans have, throughout time and across cultures, conveyed our love to others  with the stunning beauty and enticing aroma of flowers. But before you buy that bouquet for your loved …

May 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

Earth Connections – Celebrating Earth Day

Every year at Organic Valley, we highlight Earth Week, and our Human Resources department finds many ways to engage us in connecting with the planet. One way to engage is the annual highway cleanup. It’s not difficult to find dozens of reasons to skip it every year, but this year, reasons sounded too shallow and …

April 22nd, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Sustainable Living

What the Heck am I Doing Out Here?

Photo by Jeff via Flickr This past fall, early on a foggy September morning, I fell into a deep thought, a thought I’d had many times before: “What the heck am I doing out here?” It was the opening day of the Wisconsin goose season. In the early morning darkness, just a few hundred yards from …

March 24th, 2016  |  Published in Outdoors, Sustainable Living

Organic Valley’s 2015 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 Dan Sonnenburg, 2015 Green Spirit Award Winner! This year Dan built a 4.3kW photovoltaic system for his home, which provides about 70% of …

February 4th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainable Living

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