An amazing story about a co-op that has always been organic and has always been farmer-owned since 1988.
Twenty-five years ago this month a visionary group of farmers joined together as the CROPP (Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools) Cooperative to promote sustainability as a way to save family farms.
Curt Ellis, 33, is executive director and a founder of FoodCorps, a nonprofit organization started in 2010 to improve schoolchildren’s diets by placing volunteers in their communities for a year of service.
David Vander Zanden is one of several Michigan milk producers honored with a 2012 National Dairy Quality Award.
Organic food might cost more than conventional, but it helps keep small farmers in business.
Organic Valley, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers and a leading organic brand, today announced their 2012 year-end results, exceeding expectations in spite of a year of challenges that included the worst drought in 25 years.
The co-op brought on 211 new farmers, grows sales 20%, creates 74 new jobs in 2012.
During most of our modern history, business has proved to be the greatest vehicle for creating economic value. Unfortunately, at the same time, business has also been the main culprit in somehow ruining our collective health and wealth while also trashing our planet.
Perhaps nothing says unhealthy processed food more than American cheese. Now a health-conscious competitor wants in on that market share. But, can you still call it American cheese if it's unprocessed and has only four ingredients -- all of which you can pronounce? The country's largest co-op of organic farmers says yes. Wisconsin-based Organic Valley is out to reinvent our de facto national cheese.