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December, 2016

Rootstock Radio: Keefe Keeley and Perennial Agriculture

Download   This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Keefe Keeley —executive director of the Savanna Institute.  The Savanna Institute is based out of Champagne Illinois and focuses on production agroforestry and perennial agriculture in the Midwest. Keefe says perennial agriculture is part of the answer to sustainable farming. Perennial agriculture does …

December 15th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: Breeding for Taste with Lane Selman

Download   Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Lane Selman —director of the Culinary Breeding Network. Lane created the Culinary Breeding Network to increase communication and collaboration between plant breeders, seed growers, fresh market vegetable farmers, produce buyers and chefs to improve quality in vegetables with a focus on public and independent …

November 22nd, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

A Thriving Community of Women Farmers

Thirty percent of all farmers, according to the USDA, are women. And even more serve as equal partners with men. Yet despite their prevalence in the industry, women are underrepresented in programs designed to support and assist farmers. The Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) aims to correct this gap. Founded in 1994 by farmer …

November 16th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Giving Organic Grassroots a Voice

If you flip on the TV or click through YouTube, sooner or later you’ll run across an advertisement for soda pop, sugary snacks, or other processed food of questionable nutritional value. The food and beverage industry spends more than $100 million annually on advertising, and millions more on in-store displays to catch our attention. And …

November 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

From Planting to Prancing

As someone who raises draft horses, I’ve been questioned countless times about how we can actually let our horses be sold as Amish work horses. It seems there is a misconception about the treatment of the horses that do the fieldwork for Amish farmers. Many people think Amish farmers literally work these horses to death. …

August 31st, 2016  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in Outdoors

Climate Change, the Farmer and You

We know global climate change is a real thing, and it’s going on right now. But do we know the science behind it and the effects it has on the people producing our food? In 2012, the U.S. Department of agriculture released a new Plant Hardiness Zone map. This was the first new map since …

August 24th, 2016  |  Posted by Maddie Doyle | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability

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

Rootstock Radio: Stronger Together: Bridget Holcomb of the Women, Food & Agriculture Network

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor chats with Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN). Bridget holds a Master’s of Public Affairs degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management and has focused her career—from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance to the Michael Fields Agriculture Institute to her leadership at …

July 19th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio

Rootstock Radio: Author, Farmer, Activist and “Ecopreneur” Lisa Kivirist

Download A self-titled “ecopreneur”, Lisa Kivirist founded and leads the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) and is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota. Her newest book, Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers, is …

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

Loving the Many Benefits of Biodiversity

Have you ever taken delight in a field of wildflowers buzzing with bees and bustling with butterflies? Or enjoyed the bright, citrusy taste of a Green Zebra tomato alongside the mellow sweetness of a Rose de Berne? If so, you’ve experienced a few of the many benefits of biodiversity. Biodiversity is short for “biological diversity,” …

June 15th, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability

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