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December, 2017

Rootstock Radio: What Farmers and Fishermen Have in Common

Download Margaret Krome is the public policy program director for Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). Over many years, she has collaborated to create and sustain funding for a number of state initiatives supporting environmentally sound, profitable, and socially responsible agriculture. Margaret served the Wisconsin Rural Development Center for nine years prior to joining MFAI in …

December 18th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: The Man Who Wrote the First Organic Standards

Download Harry MacCormack has spent nearly half a century—45 years to be exact—farming organically at Sunbow Farm in Corvallis Oregon. And although that in itself is accomplishment enough, it’s just the beginning of Harry’s list. Harry is the co-founder of the organic certifier Oregon Tilth and served as its executive director for many years. Additionally, he …

November 13th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, Sustainable Living  |  1 Comment

Animal Welfare Q&A: How Organic Valley Goes Above & Beyond

The USDA’s organic certification program is the gold standard when it comes to ensuring the quality of your food. An act of Congress sets the organic standards, and a 3rd party verifies compliance with the standards annually. Organic food is produced without artificial hormones, antibiotics or persistent pesticides, and is always non-GMO. As a certified organic …

September 7th, 2017  |  Posted by Maya Peters | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming

Organic Farming Connections: A Young Farmer’s Photo Essay

By Peter Schmid, Organic Valley farmer-owner from Washington Since 1996 when my family farm joined Organic Valley, I have grown up as a part of our cooperative and watched it grow. So for years, I have had an appetite for learning about other farms in our cooperative. I have to admit, I have been envious …

August 15th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Travel  |  1 Comment

Rootstock Radio: What Makes Organic Agriculture (& Life on a Farm) Beautiful

Download Regina Beidler calls herself an “accidental farmer,” but her commitment to organic agriculture, sustainability, rural communities, and caring for her animals is deeply intentional (and about as far from accidental as it gets.) Regina and her husband, Brent, own and operate a 40 cow organic dairy farm in Randolph Center, Vermont. They transitioned to …

August 2nd, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio

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

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