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April, 2017

Insects Pollinate Your Food and More, and They Need Your Help!

Editor’s Note: This is a guest contribution as part of our Sustainability Scavenger Hunt series. Read more here, and download the fun activity book for families and classrooms! by guest contributor Shahla Werner Back in 1987 renowned Harvard entomologist E. O. Wilson published a now famous paper called The Little Things that Run the World. In that …

April 27th, 2017  |  Posted by Stanley Minnick | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability


Put Your Best Fork Forward: Protect Pollinators, People and Planet

“March Madness” might be about spring basketball championships to some, but for me, the term better describes the practice of using toxic chemicals to produce our food. As Jane Goodall wisely stated, “Someday we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture and shake our heads. How could we have ever believed that it …

March 23rd, 2017  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth  |  2 Comments


Rootstock Radio: Eric Lee-Mäder on the Plight of the Pollinators

Download This week on Rootstock Radio host Theresa Marquez talks to Eric Lee-Mäder, co-director of the Pollinator Program at the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Eric is the lead author of several books, including the best-selling Attracting Native Pollinators and Farming with Beneficial Insects: Strategies for Ecological Pest Management. The Xerces Society takes its name …

February 27th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: GMOs, Pesticides and Bees with Dr. Charles Benbrook

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, we speak with Dr. Charles (Chuck) Benbrook, an agricultural economist, scientist and researcher. Dr. Benbrook has served as chief scientist for the Organic Center, a non-profit organization focused on organic research, education and advocacy, and as a research professor at the Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources at …

July 1st, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio


Impact of Climate Change on Pollinators and Agriculture and What to Do about It

The Problem: Climate Change Will Increase Extinction Risk of Other Pollinating Insects Such as Bees and Butterflies By guest contributor Christine McCullum-Gomez, PhD, RD, LD Nuts and produce such as almonds, pumpkins, squashes, blueberries, and apples are highly dependent on pollinators such as bees and butterflies.1 In contrast, crops such as corn and wheat do …

February 4th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability


Rootstock Radio: Thinking Like Bees with Terry Oxford of UrbanBeeSF

Download Today, guest host Anne O’Connor speaks with Terry Oxford of Urban Bee San Francisco (UrbanBeeSF). We were so happy to meet Terry at Organic Valley’s Grass Up event in San Rafael, California, this past October. Not only is she a wealth of knowledge about bees and honey, but she helps her bees create beautiful …

December 14th, 2015  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


The Bees

Photo courtesy of Kamil Porembinski. Editor’s Note: We’ve gone on a search-and-rescue mission to find amazing stories and essays published in earlier print editions of Rootstock. Today’s throwback, “The Bees” was written by David Kline for the Fall 2007 edition of Rootstock. I had a pleasant surprise the other week. I opened the bee hive and …

August 13th, 2015  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, From the Rootstock Vault


Beekeeping, An Effort To Promote Local Agriculture

My youth started with insects in general but bloomed into something much more. I started beekeeping in high school as a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) with FFA. After raising pigs all throughout my youth and high school I wanted something different for my senior year. This is truly where I became focused on being a …

August 25th, 2014  |  Posted by Susanne Parrish | Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


The Great Hive Heist

Editor’s Note: We’ve gone on a search-and-rescue mission to find amazing stories and essays published in earlier print editions of Rootstock. Today’s throwback, “The Great Hive Heist,” was written by Sarah Holm for the Spring 2009 edition of Rootstock.  It all started innocently when one day my mom said, “Sarah, you know what would be a good …

June 5th, 2014  |  Posted by Sarah Holm | Published in Featured Post, From the Rootstock Vault, Organic Farming, Outdoors


Respectfully Sweet!

It was no surprise when I opened one of the bee hives I tend here at Organic Valley and found worker bees turning the queen cups into queen cells, long chambers used to raise new queens. Through the process of hive consensus decision-making, the bees have decided to replace their existing queen. I have been …

August 6th, 2013  |  Posted by Kristen Woodhouse | Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Outdoors


 
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