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August, 2017

Animal Whisperers: Using Nature to Fight Pesky Flies

Theresa Westaby has no flies on her farm. Wait… you might be thinking. What?! Ok, “no” flies might be an exaggeration, but only a very…very…very slight one. The Westabys, who are Organic Valley dairy farmer-owners in Illinois, have been using Spalding Fly Predators for 14 years, and they rarely see a fly buzzing around their …

August 31st, 2017  |  Posted by Wendy Allen | Published in Organic Farming  |  2 Comments


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


Bringing Amber Waves of Grain Back to Long Island

Once upon a time, Amagansett, New York, like most of Long Island, was farmland serving the burgeoning port city of New York. It produced, among other things, abundant wheat crops, which were ground by local mills into flour to support the urban population. Today, the hamlet, which lies near the tip of Long Island, about …

July 12th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Power of We


A Thriving Community of Women Farmers

Thirty percent of all farmers, according to the USDA, are women. And even more serve as equal partners with men. Yet despite their prevalence in the industry, women are underrepresented in programs designed to support and assist farmers. The Women Food and Agriculture Network (WFAN) aims to correct this gap. Founded in 1994 by farmer …

November 16th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


In Quest of a World Food Plan: Part 2

This article was originally written by Theresa Marquez and Jerome McGeorge and published in 2010 on Organic Sense, Organic Valley’s first blog. We humans have been eating forever. For all of us food and nutrition begins in the womb. Our mother connects us with our first food memories. For a woman, what is more satisfying …

August 25th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Editor | Published in Food & Ag Issues, From the Rootstock Vault, WomenShare


Rootstock Radio: Stronger Together: Bridget Holcomb of the Women, Food & Agriculture Network

Download Today on Rootstock Radio, co-host Anne O’Connor chats with Bridget Holcomb, executive director of the Women, Food & Agriculture Network (WFAN). Bridget holds a Master’s of Public Affairs degree with an emphasis in nonprofit management and has focused her career—from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance to the Michael Fields Agriculture Institute to her leadership at …

July 19th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Author, Farmer, Activist and “Ecopreneur” Lisa Kivirist

Download A self-titled “ecopreneur”, Lisa Kivirist founded and leads the Rural Women’s Project of the Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service (MOSES) and is a Senior Fellow, Endowed Chair in Agricultural Systems at the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota. Her newest book, Soil Sisters: A Toolkit for Women Farmers, is …

June 28th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Rootstock Radio: Severine von Tscharner Fleming & the Young Farmer Movement

Download   We recently had the great pleasure of speaking with farmer, activist and professional organizer Severine von Tscharner Fleming. This woman is a force of nature for the Millennial generation. Not only is Severine a farmer herself, when Rootstock Radio host Theresa Marquez spoke to her in mid-2015, she was also on the boards of …

August 18th, 2015  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Rootstock Radio, WomenShare  |  1 Comment


Food Wisdom and the Feminine: Soul Food from a Farm Girl

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, “Food Wisdom and the Feminine: Soul Food from a Farm Girl” was written by Sarah Holm for the Fall 2010 edition of Rootstock. Finished with my garden, I picked up my basket filled with …

March 20th, 2015  |  Posted by Sarah Holm | Published in Featured Post, From the Rootstock Vault, WomenShare


Behind Every Good Farm

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, “Behind Every Good Farm” was written by Regina Beidler for the Spring 2006 edition of Rootstock. Ask any school child to describe a farmer and you’re likely to hear of someone who cares …

March 5th, 2015  |  Posted by Regina Beidler | Published in Featured Post, From the Rootstock Vault, WomenShare


 
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