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Valentines Love Organic Chocolate

In this unpredictable world, it’s good to remember that there are positive actions, even pleasurable ones, that we can take in our own lives and communities.  One is to follow the simple injunction to “love one another.”  And there’s no better way (in my humble opinion) to do that around Valentine’s Day than with organic …

February 13th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Health & Wellness, Organic Farming

Make Your Own Fire Cider on World Fire Cider Day

Today is the third annual World Fire Cider Day! What is Fire Cider and why does it have its own day, you ask?  It is a spicy herbal remedy with an apple cider vinegar base.  This day is a celebration of folk remedies passed between herbalists in the name of healing and community.  However, the …

February 2nd, 2017  |  Published in Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen

Rootstock Radio: Nutrition Talk with Ashley Koff, RD

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks with Ashley Koff, RD. Ashley is a registered dietician, award-winning nutrition expert, better health enabler, speaker and consultant. She has been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show, the Today Show, FOX and ABC News, and contributed to the Huffington Post. Ashley’s take on nutrition–and …

January 30th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio

This Year, It’s All About the Kitchen

Mary Alice Shreve, RD, LD is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian with a background in food marketing and the grocery industry. She attended The University of Alabama where she completed the Coordinated Program in Dietetics and graduated with a B.S. in Food & Nutrition. Mary Alice lives in Atlanta where she is working on her …

January 19th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen

Coming Clean in 2017: Pesticides and post-truth agriculture

The Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the Word of the Year for 2016. It’s defined as an adjective “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”  The word is often used in the context of “post-truth politics,” inspired by our recent …

January 18th, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Food & Ag Issues, Food Sleuth, Health & Wellness

Butter is Better from Pasture-Raised Animals

Butter is, in the words of the Irish poet Seamus Heaney, “coagulated sunlight.”   For the first half of my life, I was deprived of that sunlight, having had the misfortune of being born in the era when butter, eggs, and cream were demonized. They clogged arteries!  Brought on heart attacks!  Made you fat! And so …

December 29th, 2016  |  Published in Grass Up!, Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen

Rootstock Radio: Chris McCullum, a Different Kind of Dietitian

Download This week on Rootstock Radio, host Theresa Marquez speaks to Dr. Christine McCullum-Gomez. Chris is a registered dietitian, writer, speaker and consultant. She serves as a column editor for the Journal of Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (JHEN), and is a member of the JHEN Editorial Review Board. Needless to say, Chris has a plethora …

November 29th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Rootstock Radio

De-Stressing At the End of the Day

Because of working full time and being a Mom with 2 active boys ages 9 and 14, coming home from work isn’t always the best time for me to unwind after a long, hard day.  Supper, sports, homework, breakfast dishes in the sink, laundry and many other tasks are calling as soon as I get …

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Health & Wellness, Outdoors

Team Organic Valley does RAGBRAI

“It’s not a race!” If you happen to be traveling near the RAGBRAI route in Iowa in the last week of July, there’s a chance you’ll hear or see this mantra, or others, posted or demonstrated in the behavior of the thousands of bicyclists you might cross paths with. Once a year, Iowans roll out …

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Outdoors  |  4 Comments

In the News: Pass the Butter, Please

Rich, malleable, melting patties of deliciousness have a way of making pretty much everything else seem like sawdust. No strings attached, which would you choose? Yeah, I thought so. Well, there’s good news for all you butter-lovers out there (and for those of you who have been abstaining from this golden goodness too!): A new …

July 7th, 2016  |  Published in Health & Wellness, In the Kitchen

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