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Women Caring for the Land: Free Workshops Champion Female Landowners

As you gaze over our bucolic rural landscape and farmland, you may not realize there is an emerging new leader in championing conservation practices: women landowners.  According to data from Iowa State University, over 47 percent of the farmland is owned or co-owned by women.  A growing number of these women are sole owners, often …

March 26th, 2014  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Organic Gardening, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

A Visit to the Past at the Common Ground Country Fair

  It’s like no fair most folks have experienced (unless they’ve time warped back a couple hundred years to agrarian fairs of old). The Common Ground Country Fair grounds in Unity, Maine, are surrounded by forest, and when you walk from the parking area through an opening in the trees, you can’t believe your eyes. …

November 18th, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Our Heroes

Vida Verde: Changing Children’s Lives, One Farm Animal at a Time

Imagine the rare opportunity for inner city children to get out into nature and explore the great outdoors. For so many kids around the nation, sitting around a campfire, swimming in lakes and streams or hiking through the mountains is just a dream. Fortunately, there’s Vide Verde, a non-profit organization based in the Bay Area of …

November 18th, 2013  |  Published in Our Heroes

My favorite thing this week: CropMobster

This is definitely my favorite thing of the week. CropMobster has created a site where farmers in the San Francisco Bay Area can post an alert that they have surplus food, the alert gets put out through social media, and the people descend. Community members, small businesses and hunger relief groups – they take the …

November 15th, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

Hunger Task Force Helps the Local Food System

By Chris Degnan, Mission & Messaging Department 2013 Intern With its mission to, “eliminate hunger by harvesting community resources and being the voice of the hungry,” The Hunger Task Force of La Crosse serves not only as a food bank, but acts as an important community resource providing food to over 60 meal sites, youth …

November 5th, 2013  |  Published in Our Heroes

Citizens Take Action to Track Pesticide Drift

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) has trained citizens to use a simple yet robust device called a Drift Catcher to measure pesticide drift that wafts onto their land from neighboring farms. The program has given organic farmers a way to take action amid the gagged world of Big Ag, where there is no way to prevent …

October 23rd, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Our Heroes

The Rising Sun of the FFA

Do you ever wake up in the morning, look out your window and see the sun rising with the most beautiful colors ever?  Everyday farm families from across the nation rise with the sun to help produce wholesome products that help feed the world. These are the people that provide us with the best food …

October 22nd, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, FFA, Our Heroes

We Are Bioneers

This year at the 2013 National Bioneers Conference, CROPP sent 25 organic farmers to celebrate Organic Valley’s 25th anniversary – not to mention learn from and experience one of (imho – in my humble opinion) the most emotional, brain-overflowing, meaningful, authentic, inspiring events in the country. The Bioneers Conference brings together some of the world’s …

October 21st, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Our Heroes

Gen-O Farmers Celebrate Farm to School Month with Teach-Ins

One of our favorite things about Farm to School Month is October’s abundance of farm-fresh foods, many in a rainbow of colors that children don’t often associate with food. Apples in colors other than red; carrots in colors other than orange; white, yellow—even blue!—potatoes fresh from the soil. And nothing beats the flavor of vine-ripened, …

October 21st, 2013  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Our Heroes

Reflection Of An Incredible Summit

This past week I attended the Organic Valley Leadership Summit in LaCrosse, WI.  It was filled with inspirational speakers, employees, and farmers.  The first night was getting to know each other, dinner, and bed. The next day we took buses to visit our facilities at Headquarters, Cashton, and Chaseburg.  I had to drive alone behind …

October 17th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, CROPP Culture, Our Heroes

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