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January, 2017

Coming Clean in 2017: Pesticides and post-truth agriculture

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the Word of the Year for 2016. It’s defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The word is often used in the context of “post-truth politics,” inspired by our recent …

January 18th, 2017  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness


Schoolyard Farms

Today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders. And if that’s the case, it makes good sense to focus on education if we truly want to build a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. A number of organizations do just that: Encourage school children to learn about growing, preparing, and enjoying healthy organic foods. Farm-to-cafeteria programs, school garden …

December 28th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Giving Organic Grassroots a Voice

If you flip on the TV or click through YouTube, sooner or later you’ll run across an advertisement for soda pop, sugary snacks, or other processed food of questionable nutritional value. The food and beverage industry spends more than $100 million annually on advertising, and millions more on in-store displays to catch our attention. And …

November 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, 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


Rootstock Radio: Good Food in Research, AND in Practice

Download This week on Rootstock Radio we speak to Dylan Bruce, associate research specialist in the department of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is passionate about organic food and agriculture as well as involving his Millennial generation in the revitalization of our food system. While in school at Occidental College in Los …

September 13th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


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


Organic Agriculture’s Place in the Classroom

“What is organic agriculture, and why do my students need to know about it?” Questions flowed freely at the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators’ annual conference. Held every June in Appleton, Wisconsin, the WAAE conference focuses on giving teachers the opportunity to learn about new topics for their classroom. This year marks the first time …

September 7th, 2016  |  Posted by Billy Marshall | Published in FFA, Organic Farming


The Natural Challenge to Organic

The organic food movement is always full of challenges. For me as a CEO, I face an endless set of challenges while building and running an organic business that every year is unique. Now it seems, in the midst of our success, that organic is having an identity crisis. We hear a lot of discussion …

August 11th, 2016  |  Posted by George Siemon | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming


Going Organic

Two years ago, I joined Organic Valley / CROPP Cooperative as an intern. While I now proudly call myself a CROPPie, I must admit the first few months were a transition. Despite being born and raised in the dairy capitol of the world, I had little to no farming experience let alone organic farming experience. But learning …

May 27th, 2016  |  Posted by Chloe Stoker | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post  |  2 Comments


6 Reasons to Attend the MOSES Organic Farming Conference Next Year

photos courtesy of MOSES In February every year, when the land is still asleep but the seed catalogs have begun to arrive, thousands of farmers from around the country descend upon La Crosse, Wisconsin, near the birthplace of organic farming, for a weekend of organic and sustainable farming education, as well as fun and connection with fellow …

March 4th, 2016  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


 
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