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October, 2017

Concluding Co-op Month: Truest Words from Little Mouths

Cooperatives have celebrated Co-op Month in October for more than 50 years, and as a cooperative business ourselves, we are proud to participate here at CROPP. “It is a time for cooperative businesses to reflect on their shared principles and to educate others about the value of belonging to a cooperative,” says the Cooperative Network, …

October 31st, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post

Farm Art: The Art of the Co-op

Y’all know what a cooperative is, right? I always thought I did—that funky building with the mural on the downtown corner where hippies and hipsters gathered to get their granola, tofu, and quinoa. A magnet for the capital-disillusioned who believe they can create a better world if they help stock shelves and put their coin …

June 19th, 2017  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in CROPP Culture, Sustainability

Our Cooperative is Something Special

Organic Valley is a co-op.  What that means is that the farmers own it.  The farmers manufacture the milk and Organic Valley is the marketer of our products and thus considered the farmers’ employees.  That puts it in simple terms.  However, I would like to try to describe what Organic Valley truly embodies. Our Annual …

March 16th, 2017  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post

Organic Valley and Wauzeka-Steuben Elementary Grow Readers Together

The following is a guest contribution by Lindsey Lund & Josie McCarthy, sophomores at Wauzeka-Steuben School District in southwestern Wisconsin.  On Thursday, March 2, 2017, Wauzeka-Steuben School District partnered with Organic Valley for “Read Across America Week.” All week, the pre-K through fifth grade classes held dress up days and participated in coloring and essay contests. …

March 13th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Power of We

Rootstock Radio: How to Engage in our Food System Between Elections

Listen to Part 2:  Download Part 2 Click here to listen to Part 1 of our conversation with Michele Merkel. This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez continues her conversation with Michele Merkel, co-director of the legal arm of Food and Water Watch. This is the second part of a two-part interview, so if …

February 6th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Cooperation Equals Happiness

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Frances Moore Lappe, author, activist, and cofounder of three organizations. Most recently, Frances participated in Democracy Spring, a movement committed to taking money out of politics and putting more people in politics, enforcing voter rights, and the Supreme Court understanding that the right to …

November 8th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: “We Instead of Me”: The Cooperative Way with Adam Schwartz

Download This week we continue our discussion of cooperatives in an interview with Adam Schwartz, founder and principal of The Cooperative Way, a consulting firm dedicated to assisting cooperative businesses succeed. (Listen to part 1 here.) The Cooperative Way is a strategic partner with CDS Consulting Co-op, a shared services cooperative. Adam has served cooperatives from different sectors …

May 16th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Co-op Talk with Jan Rasikas, Viroqua Food Co-op

Download As general manager of the Viroqua Food Co-op in Viroqua, Wisconsin, Jan Rasikas has worked tirelessly to empower her community members with access to healthy food and her local farms with economic viability. You can hear her enthusiasm for cooperatives as she talks with Rootstock Radio host Anne O’Connor about the history of cooperatives. The Viroqua Food Co-op …

May 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Cooperative Network: Cooperation Among Cooperatives

The philosophical underpinnings of cooperative businesses have been around since the dawn of humankind; the idea that we can mutually benefit by working together is pretty self-evident. As a business structure, however, cooperatives really took off during the Industrial Revolution—as one of a range of strategies to help working people preserve some agency in their …

March 30th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

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