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January, 2018

Supporting Emerging Farmers Across Gender & Ethnicity

If you’re interested in where your food comes from, you’re not alone. Most Americans, it seems, want food that is local, organic, and natural. According to recent research, an overwhelming majority of households in U.S. states—70 to 90 percent— purchase at least some organic foods for their families. That’s a big change in consumer demand …

January 24th, 2018  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We

New Report Shows USDA Beginning Farmer Program Is Working!

The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program (BFRDP) sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided critical support and resources for countless beginning farmers and ranchers for nearly a decade. Why does that matter? Because not only are we losing farms, we’re losing farmers. Who’s going to take over the age-old responsibility of …

October 25th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Organic Farming

The Land Connection: Farm Dreams to Farm Success

Much has been written about the “graying” of American farmers; they are, as a group, getting older. As of the 2012 USDA Farm Census (the most recent), the majority of our farmers were 55 or older. But there are signs that younger farmers are getting into the business. Nearly 20 percent of the new farms …

May 17th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Organic Farming, Power of We

Academy for Global Citizenship Rethinks School Architecture

You are what you eat, runs the old saw. But if you’ve followed a century or so of sociology and urban planning, the more salient fact might be that you are where you eat. Our sense of identity, it turns out, is inextricably linked to our sense of place. If this is so, then the …

September 13th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

When it comes to organic farming, the numbers tell the story: demand is up and often exceeds supply. Yet less than 2 percent of U.S. farm acreage is certified for organic production. While the barriers to changing this math are many, so are the young people with the passion to become organic farmers. Making their …

September 12th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in FFA, Power of We

The Best and Worst of 2015

2015 was filled with victories and setbacks for the good food movement. These moments, both good and bad, show how far we’ve come and what remains to be tackled in 2016. Here, we recap the best and worst moments in food, farming and agriculture during 2015. The Best of 2015 More of the younger generation going into …

December 24th, 2015  |  Posted by Mickella Geary | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues  |  2 Comments

Real Food Challenge

It’s been proven time and again—when young people channel their passion for change, they are a force to reckon with. That’s why college students have played a pivotal role in many of the key paradigm shifts of the past century: They have helped to dismantle Jim Crow racism, speed the collapse of the Soviet Union …

October 19th, 2015  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Future Wisconsin Farmers Target Success & Take Action

Target Success, Take Action was the theme for this year’s 86th Wisconsin State FFA Convention, and take action they did! The convention hosted more than 3,600 FFA members and guests on June 15-18 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison. Organic Valley sponsored the second annual Organic Agriculture Proficiency Award. This year, I had the …

August 27th, 2015  |  Posted by Robin Connelly | Published in FFA

Rootstock Radio: Severine von Tscharner Fleming & the Young Farmer Movement

Download   We recently had the great pleasure of speaking with farmer, activist and professional organizer Severine von Tscharner Fleming. This woman is a force of nature for the Millennial generation. Not only is Severine a farmer herself, when Rootstock Radio host Theresa Marquez spoke to her in mid-2015, she was also on the boards of …

August 18th, 2015  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, WomenShare  |  1 Comment

Land for Good: Planning a Farm’s Future

For most Americans, running short on groceries is no big deal: Scope out the fridge, jot down a list, and head out to the nearest grocery store or farmers market. We take abundance for granted, rarely considering the path our food takes from the farm to the table. But if you take a look at …

August 17th, 2015  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

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