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June, 2017

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


Growing School Gardens (and More) with GROW La Crosse

The U.S. has undergone dramatic changes throughout its history, but perhaps the most profound shift has been the concentration of its population in urban centers. Before the industrial revolution, only one in twenty citizens lived in urban areas. Today, only one in five live in the country. This process of urbanization reshaped the nation’s politics …

August 31st, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Garden-Able: Elder Care for the Whole Person

When Noreen Thomas’s mother moved into a facility for the elderly, most of her needs were met. The staff helped her manage the daily tasks that many older folks have a hard time managing, and her safety was assured. But still, something was missing. “She was an avid gardener,” says Thomas, an Organic Valley co-op …

August 3rd, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Supporting Community through Community Supported Agriculture

For most Americans, choosing organic food is a simple matter of aligning their budget with their values. Organic production is more labor-intensive than chemical farming, which adds to the cost of the harvest. But consumers who go organic are happy to pay a little extra for food that provides higher nutrition without the chemicals—and that …

July 6th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


CROPPies and Panthers Cooperate to Grow Billion Dollar Readers

                                                         Photo by Jocelyn Parker Written by guest writer Jocelyn Parker, a senior at Kickapoo High School in Viola, Wisconsin, and the daughter of Organic Valley farmer-owners Mark …

March 8th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Power of We  |  1 Comment


Midwest Food Bank

Sometimes the best solution to a problem is another problem. Such is the case with hunger and food waste. Consider the facts: 14 percent of American households, representing nearly 50 million people, are “food insecure,” according to the non-profit Feeding America. At the same time, USDA research shows that 31 percent of the edible food …

February 17th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


 
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