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January, 2017

Rootstock Radio: Erika Allen on Creativity in Urban Agriculture

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks with Erika Allen, Chicago and National Projects Director for the nonprofit organization Growing Power. Erika is the daughter of Growing Power’s founder Will Allen, and as such, spent her formative years involved in all aspects of farm management–from transplanting seedlings to managing farm stands and …

January 24th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Malik Yakini on the Good Food Revolution

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor speaks with Malik Yakini. Malik is founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, an organization that operates a seven-acre urban farm and is spearheading the opening of a co-op grocery store in Detroit’s North End. He views the good food revolution …

January 22nd, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: A Little Non-Profit with a Big Reach

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Ellen Barnard of Community GroundWorks, a Madison, Wisconsin based non-profit organization that connects people to local food. Community GroundWorks features a number of programs including urban farming and classes for at risk youths and youths who aspire to be future farmers. Community GroundWorks aims …

November 1st, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Storytelling to Change the World

Download   Today on Rootstock Radio, we speak to Fred Haberman, founder of Haberman, a communications company, and Urban Organics, a growing hydroponic agriculture company both based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Fred describes Haberman as playing the role of the “modern storyteller” because “a great story can truly change the world.” And this world-changing philosophy …

October 11th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Victory Garden Initiative: Building a Healthier Food System & Community

Photo courtesy of the Victory Garden Initiative Two uncertainties in today’s world have a disproportionate effect on our food supply. One is climate change. As catastrophic events like droughts, flooding, and infestations of pests and blight become more common, yesterday’s mono-crop farm practices become ever more vulnerable and unstable. The second is transit. The cheap …

May 4th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


Many Hands Make Light Work

In September 2014, M3 (aka the Mission, Messaging and Media Department) invited fellow employee, Jason Lepke, and me to represent Organic Valley at In Good Company’s South Bronx Project. In Good Company is a partnership of like-minded businesses that join together to make a positive difference through hands-on action. After meeting the other volunteers, settling …

January 19th, 2015  |  Posted by Allison Walent | Published in Featured Post, Power of We  |  1 Comment


Closing the Food Justice Gap: Urban Agriculture Collective of Charlottesville

Our eating habits are changing. Farmers markets, CSAs, community gardens, local foods, the 100-mile diet, organic production—none of these is a particularly new idea, but the sheer, collective proliferation of such ventures points to a radical shift in the way Americans view their food and its sources. For organic urban-agriculture pioneer Michael Ableman, these changes …

November 28th, 2014  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Power of We


 
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