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EarthDance Organic Farm School

When Al and Caroline Mueller took over their family farm in 1947, they didn’t set out to be “organic pioneers.” They simply tended their Missouri homestead with the tools—horse manure and hard work—that they had been raised on. When other farmers switched to chemical weed killers and fertilizers, the Muellers kept farming the natural way. …

November 17th, 2014  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, WomenShare


Women’s Environmental Institute

In movies, children’s books and country music videos, the quintessential Farmer Brown is inevitably a weathered old white guy in overalls and a seed cap. There are still plenty of flesh-and-blood embodiments of this stereotype planting corn and beans across the Heartland. But the new Farmer Brown is a little different: She’s more likely to …

October 3rd, 2014  |  Published in Power of We, WomenShare


3 Ways to Respect What Your Mother (Earth) Gave You

1. Waste Less In North America and Europe roughly forty percent of all food is wasted and significant amounts of greenhouse gas emissions are released growing food that will never be consumed.  So next time you throw away food, remember it is not just the food you are throwing in the garbage, it is all …

May 1st, 2014  |  Published in Sustainable Living, WomenShare


Women Caring for the Land: Free Workshops Champion Female Landowners

As you gaze over our bucolic rural landscape and farmland, you may not realize there is an emerging new leader in championing conservation practices: women landowners.  According to data from Iowa State University, over 47 percent of the farmland is owned or co-owned by women.  A growing number of these women are sole owners, often …

March 26th, 2014  |  Published in Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Power of We, WomenShare  |  1 Comment


Grass Up Twitter Chat with Emily Zweber

Join Organic Valley farmer, Emily Zweber, for a Twitter Chat to discuss findings of the Washington State University study which confirms the nutritional superiority of Organic Valley Pasture-Raised Whole Milk. Emily will discuss the benefits of pasture and what these findings mean for farmers and moms like herself! WHEN: Wednesday, January 22nd 12:00pm CST, 1:00pm EST. …

January 15th, 2014  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, WomenShare


Celebrating women in agriculture

Originally posted Monday, November 11, 2013 on GroundTruth, the blog brought to you by Pesticide Action Network This week I had the immense pleasure of attending the 4th National Conference for Women in Sustainable Agriculture in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference was hosted by the Women, Food, and Agriculture Network (WFAN), one of PAN’s partners …

November 12th, 2013  |  Published in Sustainability, WomenShare


We Are Bioneers

This year at the 2013 National Bioneers Conference, CROPP sent 25 organic farmers to celebrate Organic Valley’s 25th anniversary – not to mention learn from and experience one of (imho – in my humble opinion) the most emotional, brain-overflowing, meaningful, authentic, inspiring events in the country. The Bioneers Conference brings together some of the world’s …

October 21st, 2013  |  Published in Power of We, WomenShare


Provocative Propositions

Power and understanding come from the act of naming. We name ourselves and each other, our pets, things, actions, purposes, and movements. Sometimes we, as individuals or as groups, do great things but we don’t stop and name  what we have done. Without naming, we can fail to recognize the importance and uniqueness of the …

August 5th, 2013  |  Published in WomenShare


Hungry For Change

WomenShare was born out of the simple conviction that women have a unique role to play in healing our broken food system. This grassroots movement kicked off  in the spring of 2013 with a gathering of 140 women leaders on the banks of the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This inaugural gathering connected women across …

August 5th, 2013  |  Published in WomenShare


Country Girl meets Allergic Girl

No matter how many times I go to New York City, each time I land in Manhattan, I am dumbfounded.  Seriously, my jaw opens, I look up and around and am speechless… something like the initial shock seeing the Grand Canyon and I expect from the Empire State building, “the City” as it is so …

July 8th, 2013  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, WomenShare


 
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