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May, 2014

One Year Later: Phoenix Arose

One year ago, we suffered a fire at our headquarters resulting in the loss of 2/3s of our offices. The experience was a very emotional one as that was our home; where we had our friends, our traditions, our successes, and our failures. I am happy to report to you today that we have moved …

May 13th, 2014  |  Posted by George Siemon | Published in 2013 Fire, Featured Post

Phoenix Stories: Cooperation in Action

After the fire at our La Farge headquarters, Clovis Siemon interviewed CROPPies in the midst of our initial recovery efforts. From these moving interviews, he put together a video that tells the story of the fire, the heroic efforts of the volunteer firefighters, the overwhelming support from our community and friends nationwide and the amazing spirit of cooperation among …

August 1st, 2013  |  Posted by Jamie Lamonde | Published in 2013 Fire, On The Record

My OTA Award survived our fire!

Once again this year on September 25 in Baltimore, the Organic Trade Association will be recognizing pioneers and leaders of the organic industry.  I had the honor to receive this award in 2010 and it was fun and also humbling. As I looked around the room that evening, so many attending were leaders and pioneers …

July 25th, 2013  |  Posted by Theresa Marquez | Published in 2013 Fire, Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues

On the Ground with the Masters of Disasters

  The fire is out. Now what? You may have asked yourself that question a few weeks back. The following is CROPP’s answer, step-by-step, based on an interview with three generous leaders of Servicemaster Clean, the disaster clean-up company that took the first big steps toward getting us all back into the milking parlor, as …

June 5th, 2013  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes

Sweetness from the Ashes

Sweetness, while in the midst of our grief so many people have been sending their prayers, care and wishes for a speedy recovery. We appreciate every heartfelt expression of care and concern – they gladden our hearts and provide energy for our ongoing work. Last week I was asked to come to the LaFarge Elementary …

June 4th, 2013  |  Posted by Louise Hemstead | Published in 2013 Fire, Featured Post

On the Ground (and in the Attic) with Dean Steinmetz

The thing that impressed Dean Steinmetz? The people, not the fire. Recently retired from 20 years on the La Farge Volunteer Fire Department, Dean has seen all the evil faces of fire and destruction, but never has he seen this sort of cooperative response. “Everybody at CROPP was working very hard with this. Everybody who …

May 31st, 2013  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

On the Ground with Travis Unseth

Travis was leaving work from CROPP’s Cashton Distribution Center when he heard the HQ in La Farge was on fire. “I called our Microsoft Lync Administrator, Samantha Peterson, and she told me that the fire was pretty bad. I decided that instead of going home, I would go to La Farge and see what I …

May 28th, 2013  |  Posted by Sarah Holm | Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes

On the Ground with Nick Korte

I was in Des Moines, Iowa, when I got an email from Brian McDonald, the IT Security Specialist, that said there was a fire emergency meeting at the La Farge Community Center. I started making calls and I wasn’t getting any answers. Nobody was picking up their phone. I finally got hold of Unified Communications …

May 28th, 2013  |  Posted by Sarah Holm | Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

On The Ground with Zach Biermann, Man of All Account

Wouldn’t you just know it. The guy who’s a lieutenant on the La Farge Volunteer Fire Department AND an anchor of CROPP’s maintenance crew, with 14 and 17 years under his belt respectively, was in Black Earth, Wisconsin, when the headquarters fire broke out. In fact, Zach first learned of the fire at 6:30 p.m. …

May 28th, 2013  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes

On the Ground with Brett Janzen

As relayed to Sarah Holm  Officer’s Log: 5142013Niner     As smoke rolls into the sky, my mind races with ideas to combat the damage. It first jumps to the physical layer – “Where are things located? Wait! The old server room is where we are terminating all PSTN (Public Switch Telephone Network) connections! There …

May 24th, 2013  |  Posted by Sarah Holm | Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

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