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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


Schoolyard Farms

Today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders. And if that’s the case, it makes good sense to focus on education if we truly want to build a healthy, sustainable, and just food system. A number of organizations do just that: Encourage school children to learn about growing, preparing, and enjoying healthy organic foods. Farm-to-cafeteria programs, school garden …

December 28th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


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


Academy for Global Citizenship Rethinks School Architecture

You are what you eat, runs the old saw. But if you’ve followed a century or so of sociology and urban planning, the more salient fact might be that you are where you eat. Our sense of identity, it turns out, is inextricably linked to our sense of place. If this is so, then the …

September 13th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Rootstock Radio: Good Food in Research, AND in Practice

Download This week on Rootstock Radio we speak to Dylan Bruce, associate research specialist in the department of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is passionate about organic food and agriculture as well as involving his Millennial generation in the revitalization of our food system. While in school at Occidental College in Los …

September 13th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Rootstock Radio


Future Organic Farmer Grant Fund

When it comes to organic farming, the numbers tell the story: demand is up and often exceeds supply. Yet less than 2 percent of U.S. farm acreage is certified for organic production. While the barriers to changing this math are many, so are the young people with the passion to become organic farmers. Making their …

September 12th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in FFA, Power of We


Organic Agriculture’s Place in the Classroom

“What is organic agriculture, and why do my students need to know about it?” Questions flowed freely at the Wisconsin Association of Agriculture Educators’ annual conference. Held every June in Appleton, Wisconsin, the WAAE conference focuses on giving teachers the opportunity to learn about new topics for their classroom. This year marks the first time …

September 7th, 2016  |  Posted by Billy Marshall | Published in FFA, Organic Farming


Building a Career in Agriculture

This June I had the good fortune of representing Organic Valley at the Wisconsin 87th State FFA Convention held in Madison, Wisconsin. Every year, FFA members flock to the Career Expo in hopes of learning about the many careers within agriculture. At the event, I shared my experiences as an intern at CROPP Cooperative/Organic Valley …

September 2nd, 2016  |  Posted by Billy Marshall | Published in FFA, Organic Farming


Rootstock Radio: The “Garden-to-Mouth” Experience with Jamie O’Neill

Download This week, Rootstock Radio speaks with Jamie O’Neill, who—after earning her master’s degree in Community Health Education, teaching in Sweden and working on an organic farm in Switzerland—is now a program director for GROW La Crosse. GROW La Crosse is a non-profit organization in southwest Wisconsin that connects children to healthy food and nature …

July 7th, 2016  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio


CROPPies and Panthers Cooperate to Grow Billion Dollar Readers

                                                         Photo by Jocelyn Parker Written by guest writer Jocelyn Parker, a senior at Kickapoo High School in Viola, Wisconsin, and the daughter of Organic Valley farmer-owners Mark …

March 8th, 2016  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Power of We  |  1 Comment


 
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