As communities across the nation prepare to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2010, the farmer-owned cooperative Organic Valley is partnering with four local Portland chefs to embrace the spring tradition, offering two weeks worth of Earth Dinners.
Organic Valley Family of Farms, America's largest cooperative of family farms and one of the nation's leading organic brands, recently recognized 396 of its farmer-owners, nearly 24 percent of its total members, with quality awards.
Organized in 1988, Organic Valley represents 1,652 farmers in 33 states and four Canadian provinces with the mission of saving family farms through organic farming. Approximately 300 of its farmer-owners descended upon La Crosse, Wis., last week to attend their annual meeting to discuss the cooperative's current direction, issues and goals for the year ahead.
An open community meeting will be held on Thursday, April 8, at the Cashton Community Hall to discuss and share information about the Cashton Greens Wind Farm, a community wind project of Organic Valley, Western Technical College and Gundersen Lutheran Health System.
Back-to-school season is just around the corner, and moms and dads everywhere will be looking to stock up on healthy, organic and brain-boosting lunchbox options for kids. With that in mind, Organic Valley is offering retailers nationwide "The Future is Organic," a turnkey, cause-related campaign focused on providing schools with educational materials to teach children about the important link between food, health and the environment. The Future is Organic in-store promotion also offers advertising in national consumer publications, valuable prizes, online education, point-of-sale promotions and coupons to boost sales of Organic Valley snacks and lunchbox-friendly products during the months of August and September, 2010.
Go Fish Oil! Organic Valley Family of Farms is now offering its delicious organic milk with the heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids ALA, DHA and EPA, the cooperative of 1,652 family farmers announced today.
A glass of Organic Valley Omega Milk will feature more Omega-3s per serving than any other organic milk on the market. And its all-natural Omega-3s are from sustainably harvested fish, while other organic milk brands supplement with Omega-3s from algae.
Organic Valley applauds the USDA National Organic Program’s new, tighter pasturing standards. The cooperative of 1,652 organic family farmers is also hoping the standards will usher in a more cooperative environment among those within the trade.
In 2009, Organic Valley’s farmer-owners, who like all farmers are facing the deepest and longest recession in more than 50 years, demonstrated once again the strength and resilience of the cooperative business model that has made Organic Valley a brand trusted by consumers and retail partners alike.
Sales for the nation’s largest organic farmer-owned cooperative were $520 million in 2009, down l.3 percent from 2008. Though Organic Valley remained profitable, it was the first time the cooperative, which formed in 1988, has experienced lower year-over-year sales.
In a measure designed to provide a stable price and secure market for its organic feed, Farmer Direct Co-operative Ltd., of Regina, Canada, has joined Organic Valley Family of Farm's Grower Pool. A co-operative of more than 1,400 family farmers in North America, Organic Valley formed its Grower Pool last year to provide stable prices for organic feed producers and to ensure a supply of organic grain for its member farmers.
The New Year is the time for resolutions, especially ones about kick-starting a lifestyle that’s healthier for the body as well as the planet. This January, Organic Valley – a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers nationwide – is wheeling out a promotion that will help people fulfill that noble but often elusive resolution.
Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers, will donate 1,200 cases of its 8-ounce single serve organic milk to Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin today. The donation will feed more than 28,000 at-risk people in southwestern Wisconsin. Second Harvest acquires and distributes food to more than 400 charitable food programs working to end hunger at the neighborhood and community levels in 16 southwestern Wisconsin counties.