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September, 2017

Animal Welfare Q&A: How Organic Valley Goes Above & Beyond

The USDA’s organic certification program is the gold standard when it comes to ensuring the quality of your food. An act of Congress sets the organic standards, and a 3rd party verifies compliance with the standards annually. Organic food is produced without artificial hormones, antibiotics or persistent pesticides, and is always non-GMO. As a certified organic …

September 7th, 2017  |  Posted by Maya Peters | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming


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


Rootstock Radio: What Makes Organic Agriculture (& Life on a Farm) Beautiful

Download Regina Beidler calls herself an “accidental farmer,” but her commitment to organic agriculture, sustainability, rural communities, and caring for her animals is deeply intentional (and about as far from accidental as it gets.) Regina and her husband, Brent, own and operate a 40 cow organic dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. They transitioned to …

August 2nd, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio


Holiday Conundrum

Holidays are a great time for families to get together.  However, animals don’t recognize holidays and their care doesn’t either.  Around our farm, we try to have lunch around 1:00 so we can finish milking and get the cows out, the barn cleaned and bedded.  We eat lunch, visit, relax, then at 4:00 p.m., we go …

November 14th, 2016  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming


In Quest of a World Food Plan: Part 2

This article was originally written by Theresa Marquez and Jerome McGeorge and published in 2010 on Organic Sense, Organic Valley’s first blog. We humans have been eating forever. For all of us food and nutrition begins in the womb. Our mother connects us with our first food memories. For a woman, what is more satisfying …

August 25th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Food & Ag Issues, From the Rootstock Vault, WomenShare


Rootstock Radio: “Connecting the dots” with Farmer Charlene Stoller

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, Theresa Marquez interviews Charlene Stoller, an Organic Valley dairy farmer in Sterling Ohio. Charlene is not only a farmer, a wife, and a mother of eight, but also an educator and a speaker. Currently, she’s working on writing her own cookbook! When Charlene and her husband Scott began farming organically it …

July 28th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Why did our %#$!!# chickens cross the road?

Remember a while back when I blamed last year’s turkeys for our chickens’ sudden bad behavior? I may have to take it back, even though the turkeys won’t have the luxury to gloat after my heartfelt apology. Sorry. Our chickens used to be such good citizens. After at least twelve years minding their own business …

May 2nd, 2016  |  Posted by Andy Radtke | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Sustainable Living


Farmer Traditions

A lot of big farmers today use GPS technology to plant by, they use tractors that turn themselves around, and they plant as soon as the frost is out of the ground. On our farm, we do things a little different, but with a lot of family tradition. Ralph Westaby (my husband’s grandfather, born in …

March 8th, 2016  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in Organic Farming


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


The Ultimate Christmas Decorations!

I love decorating outside around our farm for Christmas. I do the lights, flashing, not flashing, twinkling, colored, white, stars, wreaths, bulbs, candy canes, snowmen, you name it, I decorate it! I spend a lot of time setting everything up just perfectly and then plugging some of them in (I do use solar on some) …

December 7th, 2015  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Outdoors


 
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