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November, 2016

Rootstock Radio: Breeding for Taste with Lane Selman

Download   Today on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Lane Selman —director of the Culinary Breeding Network. Lane created the Culinary Breeding Network to increase communication and collaboration between plant breeders, seed growers, fresh market vegetable farmers, produce buyers and chefs to improve quality in vegetables with a focus on public and independent …

November 22nd, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio

Holiday Conundrum

Holidays are a great time for families to get together.  However, animals don’t recognize holidays and their care doesn’t either.  Around our farm, we try to have lunch around 1:00 so we can finish milking and get the cows out, the barn cleaned and bedded.  We eat lunch, visit, relax, then at 4:00 p.m., we go …

November 14th, 2016  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming

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

Farmer Traditions

A lot of big farmers today use GPS technology to plant by, they use tractors that turn themselves around, and they plant as soon as the frost is out of the ground. On our farm, we do things a little different, but with a lot of family tradition. Ralph Westaby (my husband’s grandfather, born in …

March 8th, 2016  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in Organic Farming

“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

Organic Valley Farmers Receive New Title—Champions of Change

On October 26, Organic Valley farmer Loretta Jaus took a quick jaunt to Washington, DC. It was an uncommon trip for this dairy farmer from south-central Minnesota, but so was the occasion. The White House was recognizing Loretta and her husband Martin as one of twelve Champions of Change—a prestigious award for pioneers and leaders …

November 20th, 2015  |  Posted by Lola Milholland | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Sustainability

Organic Valley Farmer Loretta Jaus Honored by the White House

On Monday, October 26, the White House recognized 12 individuals from across the country as White House Champions of Change for Sustainable and Climate-Smart Agriculture. These individuals were selected by the White House for their achievements and are honored for exemplary leadership and innovation in agricultural production and education. The Champions have helped implement agricultural …

October 27th, 2015  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Sustainability

We The Farmers

Editor’s Note: We’ve gone on a search-and-rescue mission to find amazing stories and essays published in earlier print editions of Rootstock. Today’s throwback, “We The Faremers” was written for the 2005 edition of Rootstock. Preamble Whereas how we eat determines how the Earth is used, and Whereas the act of growing food should not contaminate water, deplete …

July 2nd, 2015  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Featured Post, From the Rootstock Vault

Washington, DC Fly-In for GE Labeling

My daughter, Ceara, and I were asked by Organic Valley to participate in a “fly-in” the week of February 9th to talk to Senators and House Representatives about GMO labeling and the current bill being introduced in Congress. The “DARK Act” (also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know act) calls for no …

February 24th, 2015  |  Posted by Theresa Westaby | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability

The Ripple Effect: Sustainable Agriculture Crosses Borders

Talk to enough organic farmers, and eventually one of them will tell you, “We’re just doing things the way Grandpa did them.” This is certainly true in the United States, where large-scale farming with chemical inputs became prevalent only after World War Two. But it’s also true all over the world. Indeed, small-scale, sustainable farming …

January 13th, 2015  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Power of We

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