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September, 2017

Orleans County Natural Resources Conservation District

Droughts. Floods. Hurricanes. Tornados. Mass extinctions. A glance at current headlines explains the urgency that so many of us feel about the devastating effects of ecological degradation, habitat loss, climate change, and other grave environmental problems. It’s easy to feel that we are the first to face such devastating impacts, the first to care in …

September 6th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We, Sustainability

Rootstock Radio: How to Engage in our Food System Between Elections

Listen to Part 2:  Download Part 2 Click here to listen to Part 1 of our conversation with Michele Merkel. This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez continues her conversation with Michele Merkel, co-director of the legal arm of Food and Water Watch. This is the second part of a two-part interview, so if …

February 6th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio

Spray Season, Chemical Drift, and Killer “-cides”

Unmistakeable signs of spring and early summer include singing birds and greening fields. But if you live in farm country, particularly in the mono-cropped Midwest, there’s a more sinister sign of spring. It rolls along country roads on gigantic tires, with metal wings folded tightly along each side. When it pulls into a field, it …

June 9th, 2016  |  Posted by Terra Brockman | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming

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

H2Ode to Pesticide Contamination

Photo by Enld Martindale Maybe you choose to buy only organic food; maybe you avoid conventional produce that are members of “the dirty dozen”; or perhaps you keep a trusty scrub brush near your sink for produce.* Whichever camp you fall into, it shows you’ve thought about pesticides in your food. But how many of …

September 9th, 2015  |  Posted by Carly Hall | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues

For the Love of Water: Is Summer Fun Slip-Sliding Away?

If you’re a “water person” like me, you probably derive great pleasure in swimming and splashing in cool, refreshing rivers, lakes and streams on scorching summer days. From stone skipping to tubing, canoeing and fishing, clean water is at the heart of summer fun. So you probably share my grief when reading headlines like this: …

August 12th, 2015  |  Posted by Melinda Hemmelgarn | Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Sustainability

“Amy’s World”: Strategic Foresight at Badger Bioneers 2014

“What will the Watershed in the Madison region look like in the year 2050?” “What will the Foodshed in the Madison region look like in the year 2050?” These are two of the questions presented to us at the “The Future of Sustainability” workshop with Rebecca Ryan. Rebecca hit the stage with a boom; she …

November 26th, 2014  |  Posted by Nick Korte | Published in Power of We

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