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December, 2016

Butter is Better from Pasture-Raised Animals

Butter is, in the words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “coagulated sunlight.”   For the first half of my life, I was deprived of that sunlight, having had the misfortune of being born in the era when butter, eggs, and cream were demonized. They clogged arteries!  Brought on heart attacks!  Made you fat! And so …

December 29th, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen

Rootstock Radio: Holistic Farming with Allan Savory

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Allan Savory. Allan is the co-founder of the United States based Savory Institute and the Africa Centre for Holistic Management. He is also a farmer and game rancher in Zimbabwe. Much of the work Allan is doing with holistic land management started with the …

December 27th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: Mark Kopecky – It’s all about the soil

Download Mark Kopecky’s experience in soil management began on his family’s dairy farm but quickly developed as he amassed professional training and field experience. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in soil science and a minor in agronomy. After two years as a soil scientist with the Soil …

March 31st, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Rootstock Radio

Bringing Soil Back to Life

Photo and video courtesy of Terra Brockman. A fierce north wind was driving tiny ice needles into my face as I pulled over to the side of a country road near my home in central Illinois. The wind nearly tore the door off the car as I leapt out to get a closer look at the …

March 25th, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!, Sustainability

Farmers’ Voices: 20 Years of Grass Farming in Vermont [VIDEO]

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest contribution by Travis Forgues, a former Organic Valley farmer-owner from Vermont who is now the cooperative’s vice president of farmer affairs.  I was the founding president of the Vermont Grass Farmers Association [20 years ago], and watching this video is like returning to the history of not only my …

January 22nd, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming

A Conversation with Paul Hawken: “Carbon Drawdown”

This fall, Organic Valley hosted a special educational event called Grass Up with our friends at the annual national Bioneers Conference in San Rafael, California. We were honored to be joined by environmentalist, entrepreneur and author Paul Hawken, and we’d like to share his talk with you here. In it, he speaks about his new endeavor, Project Drawdown, …

December 31st, 2015  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Sustainability

“Just Farmers” or Scientists in Overalls?

Yokiel Farm, Wells, MN, Faribault County When asked about their work, have you ever heard a farmer say, “Oh, I’m just a farmer?” Despite popular bumper stickers that read “No Farmers, No Food,” I don’t think our society fully appreciates and values good farming. Through the eyes of a dietitian who sees the connection between …

December 18th, 2015  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food Sleuth, Grass Up!, Organic Farming  |  2 Comments

Pesticides in the Soil: A Persistent Problem

Pesticides (n): a substance used for destroying insects or other organisms harmful to cultivated plants or to animals. Whether you like it or not, we will all be exposed to pesticides within our lifetime—not just what’s sprayed on fields, but anything from rat bait to the flea and tick medicine used on your dog. They …

September 15th, 2015  |  Posted by Brittany Iverson | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Grass Up!

My Trip to The Land Institute

A Living Root 24/7:365 Where has the summer gone?! I can’t believe my internship at Organic Valley is coming to a close. It has been a wonderful experience that I surely will never forget. As I finish up my last few weeks, I can’t help but share with you all about the cherry-on-top moment to …

September 10th, 2015  |  Posted by Brittany Iverson | Published in CROPP Culture, Grass Up!

The Solution to Climate Change is Beneath Our Feet

Today it’s almost impossible to turn on the television, browse the web, or read the newspaper without stumbling over the topic of climate change. Many scientists believe the answer to climate change is buried in the soil—could the solution be right beneath our feet? Most of us know by now that science has identified certain …

August 21st, 2015  |  Posted by Brittany Iverson | Published in Grass Up!, Sustainability

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