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October, 2017

My Conversation with Bob Scowcroft: Historian and Organic Pioneer

Want to know something about the history of the organic movement…errr, I mean, the $40 billion organic industry that started as a movement? You’ve come to the right place! Meet Bob Scowcroft, an organizer for Friends of the Earth (FOE) in the ‘70s, first executive director of California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF) in 1987, and …

October 24th, 2017  |  Posted by Theresa Marquez | Published in Rootstock Radio


Organic Farming Connections: A Young Farmer’s Photo Essay

By Peter Schmid, Organic Valley farmer-owner from Washington Since 1996 when my family farm joined Organic Valley, I have grown up as a part of our cooperative and watched it grow. So for years, I have had an appetite for learning about other farms in our cooperative. I have to admit, I have been envious …

August 15th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Travel  |  1 Comment


Simple Truth Versus Post-Truth

John Ikerd, our Rootstock Radio interview this week has seen agriculture from all sides. The son of a farmer, he began in the 1970s out of college supporting the policies of Earl Butts, USDA Secretary of Ag under Richard Nixon known for his infamous directive to farmers: “Get big or get out.” By the mid-1980s, …

June 22nd, 2017  |  Posted by Theresa Marquez | Published in Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: What Industrial Agriculture Can’t Accomplish

Download Dr. John Ikerd, Professor Emeritus of Agriculture and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri, grew up on a small dairy farm in the southwestern part of Missouri. John is the author of 6 books and the 2014 regional report called “Family Farms of North America” which was published by the Food and Agriculture Organization …

June 19th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability


Animal Whisperers: Music Soothes the Savage…er…Gentle Beasts

Sure, excellent diet from pasture and plenty of time outdoors are the rock solid foundation to excellent animal care, but there’s a lot more to it than that. We want to share a few tricks of the organic farming trade that our farmer-owners use to keep their animals in peak condition and “on the sunny side” …

June 15th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


Rootstock Radio: Rural Renewal with Robert Wolf

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks with Robert Wolf. Formerly a Chicago Tribune columnist, Robert currently serves as the director of Free River Press. He has written several books and is the producer of American Mosaic, a weekly half-hour radio program featuring stories written and read by men and women from all …

January 21st, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio  |  3 Comments


“We, the Farmers”: Our Declaration of Interdependence

Preamble Whereas how we eat determines how the Earth is used, and Whereas agriculture is the largest polluter on Earth, and Whereas the act of growing food should not contaminate water, deplete soil, kill wildlife, destroy the ozone layer, contribute to antibiotic resistance, leave poisonous residues on the food so grown, compromise human health nor …

July 29th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, On The Record, Organic Farming


Happy Father’s Day from the Next Generation

It doesn’t happen very often in the busyness of life when I sit back to look around and appreciate the world I live in and the little things in life. Tonight, however, we sat on the front porch of the farmhouse with my family, and I was able to do just that. Father’s Day is …

June 17th, 2016  |  Posted by Jake Wedeberg | Published in CROPP Culture, Family, Featured Post


Farm -er- Speak

Imagine this situation: You’re sitting in the Milky Way Cafe at Organic Valley headquarters in La Farge, Wisconsin eating lunch with your fellow employees. In runs a farmer whistling and yelling, “The cows are out!” What’s your reaction? Do you sit with your spoon or fork mid-air, mouth open, wide-eyed, heart racing? Do you stop …

February 18th, 2016  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


FamilyFarmed Helps Grow Young, Sustainable Farmers

Every year, venture capitalists invest billions of dollars in the ideas of young entrepreneurs. Twenty-something graduates of Silicon Valley launch their tech startups with enviable capital and the resources that come with it. Meanwhile, in America’s Heartland, a growing number of young people are bringing the same passion, energy, and innovation to the difficult task …

November 23rd, 2015  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


 
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