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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: Maria Rodale on Living Well

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Maria Rodale. Maria is the CEO and Chairman of Rodale Inc., “a media company focused exclusively on health, wellness, and the environment.” Maria is also the author of “Organic Manifesto: How Organic Farming Can Heal Our Planet, Feed the World, and Keep Us Safe” …

December 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Healthy Soil—Healthy You

If you pick up a handful of rich, black dirt, you’ll be holding a lot more than soil. That’s because healthy soil is a tiny ecosystem, complete with plants and animals. And it’s a good thing, too. This “organic matter” provides nutrients to plants—nutrients that you eat to make your body healthy. Healthy soil isn’t …

October 11th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


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


Dirt Rich: Purple Cow Organics on a Soil Education Journey

Not long ago, Sandy Syburg rolled into Flint, Michigan in his Soil Mobile. An old school bus repurposed to run on biodiesel and veggie oil, it’s designed to be a classroom on wheels. Syburg is teaching the public about the importance of healthy soil. Flint is notorious for its tough economy and crumbling infrastructure—most recently …

August 10th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening


Rootstock Radio: Mark Kopecky, MS

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


Rootstock Radio: Jeff Moyer of the Rodale Institute

Download Did you know organically grown crops fare better during times of drought? And that organic crops can, in fact, yield as much or more than conventionally grown crops? Jeff Moyer is well-versed in these questions and so much more after spending 40 years at the Rodale Institute, a non-profit agricultural research and outreach organization …

March 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Of Dirt and Dreams

by guest contributor Buddy Huffaker, executive director of the Aldo Leopold Foundation My journey to Aldo Leopold’s call for a land ethic began covered in dirt. I don’t mean in the sense of the dirt under my feet at some wild place or dirt under my fingernails after working in a garden. No, I mean …

February 21st, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!


New Study Shows Organic Ag is Key to Feeding the World

Researchers at Washington State University have concluded that organic agriculture is key to feeding the world sustainably. The chart above shows that, according to 40 years of research comparing organic and conventional practices, organic farming (right) better balances the four areas of sustainability as identified by the National Academy of Sciences: productivity, economics, environment, and community well …

February 8th, 2016  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | Published in Featured Post, Grass Up!, Organic Farming


 
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