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May, 2018

Power of We: Giving Farmers a Leg Up at Viva Farms

By now, you’ve likely heard of the “graying” of American farmers. While existing farmers grow older, barriers for new farmers—which include capital investment for machinery and land, knowledge and community, and other factors—remain high. The result? Farmers are fewer and older than ever. A host of dire problems, including climate change, soil degradation and water …

May 9th, 2018  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: Food that Heals and Empowers

Download In 2007, entrepreneur, chef and activist Cathryn Couch founded the Ceres Community Project, a non-profit organization that delivers free, nutritious, prepared meals to individuals dealing with serious illness. What’s especially unique about the organization is that it engages youth volunteers ages 14-19 in growing the ingredients and preparing the food. Cathryn has received many awards …

September 12th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen, Rootstock Radio

Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District

Droughts. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornados. Mass extinctions. A glance at current headlines explains the urgency that so many of us feel about the devastating effects of ecological degradation, habitat loss, climate change, and other grave environmental problems. It’s easy to feel that we are the first to face such devastating impacts, the first to care in …

September 6th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability

Cultiva Youth Project: Cultivating Future Leaders

We tend to think of leadership as an inherent trait. Some are “born leaders,” the thinking goes, while the rest of us are content to follow. But the fact is that good leadership involves much more than traits like charisma and charm. Listening and communication, collaboration and delegation—these are skills that can be taught. And …

August 23rd, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Common Roots: The Midwest Renewable Energy Association and Organic Valley

  In 1990 I was 9 years old. Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative was in its third year, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) hosted the first-ever annual Energy Fair. At the time, I don’t think I knew what the word “organic” meant and the only solar panels I’d ever seen were likely in photos of …

June 15th, 2017  |  Posted by Stanley Minnick | Published in Featured Post, Power of We, Sustainability, Sustainable Living

Go Co-op! Solving Problems, Changing the World with the Neighboring Food Co-op Association

There are probably as many reasons to shop at your neighborhood food co-op as there are shoppers: One person likes the sweet, fresh, organic fruit; another seeks food to fit strict allergies; a third wants to keep her food budget local by purchasing produce grown on area farms. But how many shoppers choose the co-op …

June 14th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We

Feeding Everyone Well at the Jefferson County Farmers Markets

  Everyone deserves to eat well. That’s an ethic that most can agree to in principle. In practice, however, millions of people go hungry in the U.S., and many live in “food deserts” with little access to high-quality groceries. Researchers like Mari Gallagher have shown that low-income neighborhoods across the U.S. are more likely to …

May 31st, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Power of We

From Industrial Revolution to Food Revolution: Mill City Grows

Lowell, Massachusetts. The name is synonymous with the Industrial Revolution—not only its remarkable achievements, but the darkest chapters of its abuses: exploitation of children, bloody battles for workers’ rights, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of the owner class. If you haven’t checked in with Lowell since high school American History, you might …

May 11th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We

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

Slow Money

Every year, bright tech graduates leave engineering school to launch their savvy ideas in Silicon Valley and San Francisco—to the tune of billions of dollars. Venture capitalists put up the funds (about $30 billion last year) figuring that for every five bad ideas, a good one will return on their losses. Fair enough—but what about …

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

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