Looking for a great staycation destination? How about an inexpensive trip to somewhere that celebrates the simple things in life? Look no further than the beautiful, ancient hills of the Kickapoo River Valley in La Farge, Wis., where Organic Valley Family of Farms will host the sixth-annual Kickapoo Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, July 25-26.
Open to the public, the fair is the Midwest’s largest organic food and sustainability festival, focusing this year on celebrating lifestyle values such as connection to culture and community, and hope for a healthy and sustainable future. Featured events include live music and dancing, author readings, local artisans and food vendors, kids’ activities, farm tours and exhibits, and free workshops related to sustainability and organic cooking. Weekend passes, which provide access to all events, are just $10 for adults, $8 for kids 12 and under, and kids five and under are free.
– A brawny crew of Organic Valley’s Washington farmers, two-time champions of the Seafair Milk Carton Derby Team Challenge, is making 7,000 cardboard milk cartons and its championship experience available to this year’s derby participants. The annual Milk Carton Derby Team Challenge race, which will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2009, on Green Lake, provides an opportunity for the DIY crowd to show off their creativity and nautical engineering skills while paddling their vessel with the rest of the milk carton flotilla.
With continual declines in the economy coupled with near historic lows in farmer pay prices for conventional milk, Organic Valley Family of Farms is making efforts to safeguard its cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers by pioneering a supply management system.
In lieu of cutting its own sustainable-based dairy farmer pay prices, Organic Valley will require its farmer-owners to reduce their organic milk supply by seven percent beginning on July 1.
The endangered Kincaid's lupine (lupinus sulphereus kincaidii) will be the center of attention at the third annual Lupine Field Day, a celebration of the plant's unexpected resurgence in Washington. The free, educational event is held at the Mallonee family organic dairy farm, located in Washington's Boistfort Valley, on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The 330-acre Mallonee farm is home to Washington's largest concentration of the rare flower and represents the northernmost range of the Kincaid's Lupine, a flower normally found on the dry upland prairies on the Western side of the Willamette Valley.
Oregon-based nonprofits such as the Xerces Society, Sauvie Island Center, Ecotrust and Portland Farmers Market among Recipients
Fostering positive change in rural and urban communities, on family farms and for the environment, Organic Valley Family of Farms, America's largest farmer-owned, organic cooperative and one of the nation's leading organic brands, today announced it donated more than $261,000 in cash and food to charitable organizations on the west coast last year, a key region for the Cooperative.
California-Based Research Institutions such as CSU, Chico and the Organic Farming Research Foundation Among Recipients
Fostering positive change in rural and urban communities, on family farms and for the environment, Organic Valley Family of Farms, America’s largest farmer-owned, organic cooperative and one of the nation's leading organic brands, today announced it donated more than $261,000 in cash and food to charitable organizations on the west coast last year, a key region for the Cooperative.
Organic Valley Family of Farms, the nation's largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation's leading organic brands, recently recognized 370 of its farmer-owners, more than 36 percent of its total members, with quality awards.
Organic Valley dairy, produce, soy, egg, juice and feed crop farmers and Organic Prairie beef, poultry and pork farmers were recognized last week during an awards banquet at its annual meeting in La Crosse, Wis., honoring the farmers for their 2008 quality achievements. All of the gold and silver winners received a plaque and the quality recognition winners received certificates for their accomplishments.
Fostering positive change in rural communities, family farming and the environment, Organic Valley Family of Farms, America's largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation's leading organic brands, today announced it donated more than $380,000 in cash and food to charitable organizations on the east coast last year, a key region for the Cooperative.
Organic Valley's $380,000 in east coast cash and food contributions went to 139 nonprofits spanning the east coast, including educational institutions and other similar organizations in the local communities and regions of its farmer-owners. The Cooperative strives to support organizations that are champions in one or more of the following areas: family farming, rural communities, organic research, organic education and promotion, humane animal treatment, environmental education and preservation, and child wellness.
As families and communities prepare to commemorate Earth Day, Organic Valley encourages people across the east coast to celebrate their relationship with the planet by sitting down to a special and meaningful meal – an Earth Dinner. To seed the movement, Organic Valley and Boston-based Chefs Collaborative, a nationwide network of chefs committed to sourcing and cooking with local, sustainable and delicious ingredients, are partnering to host a series of Earth Dinners at well-loved restaurant tables along the East Coast.
Hundreds of Organic Valley farmer-owners nationwide are converging in Wisconsin this week for their annual meeting, which will celebrate their 2008 achievements and mark the release of the cooperative’s calculations illustrating total synthetic chemicals and performance enhancing drugs its farmer-owners have kept off the land and away from animals over the last 20 years.