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July, 2018

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 …

July 25th, 2018  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We

Rootstock Radio: Investing in the Land

Download “The places I felt that we would get really lasting conservation were the places where the local people were deeply connected to the land and relied on it for their livelihood,” says Jill Isenbarger, CEO of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture. People like watermen working in Chesapeake Bay, foresters in Maine and farmers …

June 4th, 2018  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living

Rootstock Radio: Preserving Beauty and Bounty in the Mississippi Valley

Download Carol Abrahamzon is executive director of the Mississippi Valley Conservancy, a regional non-profit land trust based in La Crosse, WI. With over a decade of experience in non-profit management as well as a first-hand knowledge of responsible land stewardship and conservation, Carol says that the line between work and home often blurs for her—and …

February 21st, 2018  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Drumlin Farm: Fostering Healthy, Productive Biodiversity

Nature-versus-humankind. For centuries, many thinkers (including environmentalists) have applied this construct to try to understand our place in the natural world. Nature is something that thrives in the absence of human interference—in remote jungle rainforests or vast untouched wilderness preserves, while the human-built environment of our great cities show the work of our brains, hands, …

October 12th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability  |  1 Comment

Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District

Droughts. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornados. Mass extinctions. A glance at current headlines explains the urgency that so many of us feel about the devastating effects of ecological degradation, habitat loss, climate change, and other grave environmental problems. It’s easy to feel that we are the first to face such devastating impacts, the first to care in …

September 6th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability

White-Nose Syndrome Has Killed 95% of Wisconsin Bats. But There’s Hope!

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 Jennifer Redell, bat biologist for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Deep in the quiet and relatively warm but wet cave, I search for bats—my fellow …

May 12th, 2017  |  Posted by Stanley Minnick | Published in Featured Post, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: Responsible Seafood with Sheila Bowman

Download Have you ever wondered about the credibility of “organic” aquaculture? What about the effects of plastic waste on our seafood? Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez talks with Sheila Bowman, manager of Culinary and Strategic Initiatives for the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Trained as a marine scientist and passionate about conservation, …

March 13th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio

Coon Valley: An Adventure in Cooperative Conservation by Aldo Leopold [1935]

There are two ways to apply conservation to land. One is to superimpose some particular practice upon the pre-existing system of land-use, without regard to how it fits or what it does to or for other interests involved. The other is to reorganize and gear up the farming, forestry, game cropping, erosion control, scenery, or …

August 5th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability  |  2 Comments

Bringing Aldo Leopold’s “Land Ethic” to Life

Photo courtesy of the Aldo Leopold Foundation. Few figures loom as large in today’s sustainability movement as Aldo Leopold. A scientist, forester, and conservationist, he is best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, which was published posthumously in 1949 and has since influenced a generation of environmental thinkers. He was among the …

February 3rd, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We, Sustainability

Craning our necks at a kindred steward

There was a lot of talk about sex. Or reproduction, at least. No surprise, since our Public Affairs team at Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative was visiting one of the sexier outfits in our neck of the Wisconsin woods: Baraboo’s International Crane Foundation (ICF), the world’s leading center for habitat restoration and captive breeding of the world’s …

December 29th, 2015  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors, Sustainability

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