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October, 2017

Drumlin Farm: Fostering Healthy, Productive Biodiversity

Nature-versus-humankind. For centuries, many thinkers (including environmentalists) have applied this construct to try to understand our place in the natural world. Nature is something that thrives in the absence of human interference—in remote jungle rainforests or vast untouched wilderness preserves, while the human-built environment of our great cities show the work of our brains, hands, …

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


Rootstock Radio: Food that Heals and Empowers

Download In 2007, entrepreneur, chef and activist Cathryn Couch founded the Ceres Community Project, a non-profit organization that delivers free, nutritious, prepared meals to individuals dealing with serious illness. What’s especially unique about the organization is that it engages youth volunteers ages 14-19 in growing the ingredients and preparing the food. Cathryn has received many awards …

September 12th, 2017  |  Posted by Rootstock Radio | Published in Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen, Rootstock Radio


Cultiva Youth Project: Cultivating Future Leaders

We tend to think of leadership as an inherent trait. Some are “born leaders,” the thinking goes, while the rest of us are content to follow. But the fact is that good leadership involves much more than traits like charisma and charm. Listening and communication, collaboration and delegation—these are skills that can be taught. And …

August 23rd, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Power of We


Ceres Community Project: Youth Feeding Their Community

In recent years, the conversation about natural, organic, and local foods has tended to focus on flavor. Celebrity chefs and home gourmets alike know that fresh, organic foods simply taste better than those picked green and shipped across the world. Flavor is important; after all, who wants to eat anything other than delicious meals? But …

July 26th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Power of We


City Growers: Connecting with Nature & Food on NYC’s Rooftops

The story of post-settlement United States, writ large, is the story of urbanization. Since the birth of the nation, we’ve slowly evolved from a farm-based, rural population to a densely packed urban one. One casualty of this mass migration is our relationship to our food. One hundred years ago, nearly everyone grew at least some …

June 27th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Gardening, Power of We


From Industrial Revolution to Food Revolution: Mill City Grows

Lowell, Massachusetts. The name is synonymous with the Industrial Revolution—not only its remarkable achievements, but the darkest chapters of its abuses: exploitation of children, bloody battles for workers’ rights, and the concentration of wealth in the hands of the owner class. If you haven’t checked in with Lowell since high school American History, you might …

May 11th, 2017  |  Posted by Power of We | Published in Featured Post, Organic Gardening, Power of We


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


 
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