Power of We Intro

As a cooperative of organic family farmers on a mission, we’ve long known that none of us is as smart as all of us – or as strong as all of us. That’s why we join hands with so many of you across the U.S. who are working to support our local communities and create a better food system for all.

Beyond our mission to provide a sustainable living for family farmers, we give 5% of our profits to hundreds of grassroots organizations who are committed to bringing the good and helping it grow.

Here you’ll find the stories of the partners we’re working with to cultivate a healthier future for people and planet. Together, there’s no limit to the change we can create. We call it the Power of We.

Recent Power of We Posts

A Washington farmer tends a field of kale plants.

PCC Farmland Trust: Preventing Rural Gentrification, Preserving Farmland Forever

Most of us picture “gentrification” as an urban phenomenon. Developers move in on poor or immigrant neighborhoods to take advantage of depressed land values; residents are driven out as rents go up. In rural areas, the same forces are at work, and the stakes are arguably even higher—affecting every plate in the nation. As shopping …

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Children get their hands in the dirt during a Zenger Farm field trip.

Hands-on, Farm-based (and FUN) Education at Zenger Farm

It is perhaps the longest running education debate we have: Should students learn by studying books, or by hands-on experience? A century ago, proponents of “learning by doing,” including the illustrious John Dewey, faced an uphill battle with their argument that students learn best when immersed in hands-on learning. Today, however, the emergence of “project-based’ …

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A man dumps carrots into a washer while looking over his shoulder at something behind him.

Power of We: Giving Farmers a Leg Up at Viva Farms

By now, you’ve likely heard of the “graying” of American farmers. While existing farmers grow older, barriers for new farmers—which include capital investment for machinery and land, knowledge and community, and other factors—remain high. The result? Farmers are fewer and older than ever. A host of dire problems, including climate change, soil degradation and water …

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Exciting Research Breeds Seeds for Microclimates

The following is a guest contribution by Michael Sligh and Kelli Dale of RAFI-USA.  Organic farmers across the Southeast have identified one of the major barriers to greater organic expansion in the region—a lack of regionally adapted organic seeds. You might assume that corn grown in Iowa will grow just as well in North Carolina, …

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FeelGood: The Future of Campus Activism

Among the world’s many pressing problems, hunger seems pretty straightforward. We have the food and the resources to feed all 7 billion of us on the planet. So why should anyone go hungry? In actual practice, of course, the solutions are more complicated. In part, that’s because it’s increasingly clear that hunger is linked to …

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