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Rootstock Radio: Hippies, Back-to-the-Landers, Longhairs & Revolutionaries

Jonathan Kauffman is a San Francisco-based writer who’s made food the subject of his career. For eleven years he reviewed restaurants in the Bay Area and Seattle as the staff critic for the East Bay Express and the Seattle Weekly. In 2015, he joined the food section at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he broadly …

August 22nd, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio, Uncategorized

Rootstock Radio: Inside the Coffee Industry with Kickapoo Coffee

 TJ Semanchin and Caleb Nicholes are the co-founders of Kickapoo Coffee, a gourmet coffee roaster based in Viroqua, Wisconsin. The skills and passions of these men reflect directly in their craft: TJ is a veteran of the coffee world who spent time working, traveling and focusing on sustainable development in Latin America. Caleb is …

July 16th, 2018  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability, Uncategorized

Vermont’s Fifth Season

We are in the midst of Vermont’s fifth season – mud season.   There are hundreds of miles of dirt roads around the state and every year we wait for the frost in the ground to depart as the air temperatures warm.  That intermediate time plays havoc with our vehicles as deep ruts on the dirt roads’ …

April 19th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

Easter Color

The week  before Easter some friends decided to get together to felt Easter eggs for the kids at church.  Our youth pastor wanted to gift each child with an egg with a message inside and we needed to produce 30 eggs.  I admit that the word “crafty” is not usually attached to my name but …

April 19th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

Kickapoo Flow

  Early spring in the Kickapoo Valley is all about flow. We watch the melting snow from Wild Cat Mountain, waiting to see if the banks of the Kickapoo River will embrace the volume of water she collects.  We feel our own energy grow, budding from the corners of our smiles. Spring plays with us, …

April 17th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  2 Comments

Farmer Friday

Hey, Y’all. Not much going on out here in the province. The cranes are back, so spring is now official, which is nice. Today I’m thinking about farmers thinking about gettin’ crackin’. Want to read something good? If you went there and read that, I can’t top it, so, have a great weekend. We’ll talk …

March 29th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized  |  1 Comment

This is spring?

The chickens are fine, but my butt hurts. Spring in Wisconsin has so far underachieved. It’s tried a few times—rain instead of snow, a few hours of thaw—but it’s performance in overall coursework gets a big, fat F. All its supposed spring weather has done is produce enough water one day last week to pool …

March 25th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized

The Old Manure Spreader Rests

My husband Tim is not sentimental often. Here he reflects on the old manure spreader we have in our farmyard.  There is an old manure spreader that rests outside our farm shop. It didn’t ever get pulled by one of my grandfather’s work horses to haul a load of manure on our fields but it’s there all …

March 20th, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized

Danny Doesn’t Want To Get The Cows

There are days when going to the barn and doing chores seem an exercise in futility. A little tiredness expresses itself as a dull laziness; you delay a few minutes, then a few more, and then you find yourself near tears. Existential questions whirl in your head while you lace up your boots. Is this …

February 1st, 2013  |  Published in Uncategorized

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