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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

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

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

School’s Out, Meals Aren’t

Summertime should be filled with happiness, not hunger.  Unfortunately, for millions of children who depend on school meals for their daily nutrition summertime can mean just that. In fact, only 1 in 7 kids who get free and reduced-priced school lunches receive summer meals. The Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee’s free & local food bank, is working …

July 19th, 2013  |  Published in Featured Post, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

The Fantastic Human Spirit

In late October 2012 while SuperStorm Sandy was preparing to pummel Union Beach, New Jersey, Organic Valley’s American Singles van was also being prepped to head that way. A group of storm-relief veterans  filled the van with as much organic food, cooking supplies, and equipment as it could hold. Upon arrival, they set up tents, …

July 11th, 2013  |  Published in Our Heroes

On the Ground with the Masters of Disasters

  The fire is out. Now what? You may have asked yourself that question a few weeks back. The following is CROPP’s answer, step-by-step, based on an interview with three generous leaders of Servicemaster Clean, the disaster clean-up company that took the first big steps toward getting us all back into the milking parlor, as …

June 5th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes

On the Ground (and in the Attic) with Dean Steinmetz

The thing that impressed Dean Steinmetz? The people, not the fire. Recently retired from 20 years on the La Farge Volunteer Fire Department, Dean has seen all the evil faces of fire and destruction, but never has he seen this sort of cooperative response. “Everybody at CROPP was working very hard with this. Everybody who …

May 31st, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

On the Ground with Travis Unseth

Travis was leaving work from CROPP’s Cashton Distribution Center when he heard the HQ in La Farge was on fire. “I called our Microsoft Lync Administrator, Samantha Peterson, and she told me that the fire was pretty bad. I decided that instead of going home, I would go to La Farge and see what I …

May 28th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes

On the Ground with Nick Korte

I was in Des Moines, Iowa, when I got an email from Brian McDonald, the IT Security Specialist, that said there was a fire emergency meeting at the La Farge Community Center. I started making calls and I wasn’t getting any answers. Nobody was picking up their phone. I finally got hold of Unified Communications …

May 28th, 2013  |  Published in 2013 Fire, Our Heroes  |  1 Comment

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