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Cuba: Complicated and on the Cusp of Change

Like most “forbidden fruit,” travel to  Cuba seems especially alluring to U.S. citizens, in part because we can’t simply go there with the rest of the free world and sip rum-laced drinks on white sandy beaches hugged by the clear blue Caribbean Sea. Our strict U.S. – Cuba trade embargo has prohibited U.S. citizens from …

May 5th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Travel  |  1 Comment

A Creole St. Patty’s Day in New Orleans

Some people may eat corned beef and cabbage with green beer on St. Patrick’s Day. My husband, Gordo, and I celebrated St. Patty’s Day in the New Orleans French Quarter, and revelers on the infamous Bourbon Street are hard-pressed to find cabbage on any menus. That said, the green beer shouldn’t be a problem! I …

March 24th, 2016  |  Published in Travel

The Magic Co-op

If you happen to stumble onto our hometown, you won’t know it. It’s as unremarkable as a stoplight. Not that we have one. Population 774, La Farge is just another sleepy village in a Wisconsin packed with them. There’s nothing to clue you in to the fact that a $1 Billion business turns the daily …

March 10th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Food & Ag Issues, Travel  |  4 Comments

Farmland Ferment

So, I was driving home from work, minding my own business, when, WHAM, there it was. On a rise east of the county highway, two wild boars were crashing through a perfectly good fence. As I slowed down to watch the two porcine devils frozen in mid jump, exploding fence shards suspended in mid-air like …

October 21st, 2014  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Power of We, Travel

Regional Meeting Rewind! #1

[[Disclaimer…. Longest post ever!]] Hello all! Holy smokes, have we been busy in Farmer Outreach and Events! I am so sorry that I haven’t been able to post, but I will catch you up on some of the happenings! Just in case you didn’t know already, a few weeks ago I was able to go to three different …

July 14th, 2014  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Travel

Exploring our Differences, Celebrating our Similarities

My summer started with a drive south from Massachusetts to North Carolina and then up and over to Wisconsin – on every leg I’ve explored our agricultural differences while at the same time being reminded of our similarities. Every state has eaters and every state has farmers that work the land to feed them.  Whether you …

July 31st, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Travel

What’s in a Word?

This Word of the Week is in honor of our own Dan Hazlett, who will soon join us in Rootstock with his musings on the natural world. Incorrect: Canadian goose.  Although this beautiful but aggressive bird rarely carries a passport and is not tied by vow or law as citizen of any country, its determination to …

June 4th, 2013  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors, Travel

Nature’s Perfect Symphony

Perfection.  What is your definition?  Is it a great meal with all of it’s color and flavor?  Is it a day filled with family and friends?  Or could it be achieving some long sought after goal or dream?  Any or all of these things would be a great example of perfection.  For me, there is …

March 27th, 2013  |  Published in Travel

Farming Around The World: I get to use a machete

“Y por favor si les ofrecen útiles peligrosos, si hay riesgo que les tienen accidente, digan que no. Digan – “gracias señor pero quiero hacer otra cosa – ¿okay? No quiero que pierdan dedos, brazos, un pie, ¿okay?” My eyes lit up. I had been wanting to use a machete since I had arrived in …

February 14th, 2013  |  Published in Organic Farming, Travel

Union Beach, New Jersey update

I spent a few days in New York last week and on the last day, drove south with George to visit what New York’s  ABC dubbed, the “Camp of Kindness” in a most moving short news clip.  We spent part of the morning and afternoon at the “Kindness Kitchen” before braving New York traffic to get …

November 26th, 2012  |  Published in Travel

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