Today, Organic Valley, the nation's largest and oldest cooperative of organic family farmers, announced that through their Farmer Renewables & Energy Program (FREP), three of their farmer-owners have received $95,171 in federal and state grants for on-farm renewable energy projects. These grants are a critical part of Organic Valley's ongoing effort to develop and nurture on-farm sustainability through renewable energy and energy efficiency programs for its member farmers.
Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative of more than 1,300 organic family farmers, announced today that it has increased its presence in the southeast by adding a new southeast region farmer coordinator to meet the growing demand for local, organic milk in the region. Organic Valley milk products are the first locally produced, organic milk available in the southeast.
This holiday season, Organic Valley Family of Farms is holding "Celebrate Organic," a national recipe contest that calls on individuals to share their favorite holiday recipes featuring organic ingredients. On behalf of each participant, the farmer-owned cooperative will donate $1 to an environmental organization.
Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative of organic family farmers, welcomed another milestone this year by adding its 1,000th dairy farmer member: W.R. Sherburne and Sons dairy in Dexter, Maine. This dairy joins 18 other Organic Valley dairies in Maine and more than 150 dairies in New England. Currently, 1,296 diverse, organic farmer members nationwide own Organic Valley Cooperative.
Spread the good news: Organic Valley Family of Farms' award winning butter is now whipped. Presented in convenient and recyclable 8 oz. tubs, the smooth Organic Valley Whipped Butter is available now in select organic and natural food grocers and will be distributed more broadly in the months ahead.
Sixteen years ago, Organic Valley became the first organization to sell certified organic butter nationwide. Since then, the cooperative of more than 1,200 organic farmers has won numerous national and international awards for the delicious butter made from the milk of their organic cows pasturing on family farmland nationwide.
Organic Valley Farmer Travis Forgues to be Featured in Concert Video
As Organic Valley continues celebrating its 20th year, more than 50 of its member farmers from across the United States will gather to support Farm Aid 2008. The annual benefit concert, sponsored by Organic Valley for the seventh year, will feature headliners Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and Kenny Chesney. The concert will celebrate music and good food, featuring hands-on activities in the HOMEGROWN Village that will showcase the direct connection between the food we eat and the people who grow it.
Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative, an organic farmers' cooperative with more than 1200 farmer-members and a leading national organic brand has announced the election of VT dairy farmer-member Travis Forgues to its Board of Directors. Forgues is a second-generation farmer who milks eighty cows with his father on his 240-acre farm in northwestern Vermont. As Organic Valley's first Vermont farmer-member, he was instrumental in building the cooperative's membership in the state. He is the youngest person ever to be elected to the Organic Valley Board.
Midwest’s largest rural heritage, food and farming festival to feature farm tours, sustainability workshops, organic cooking and 20th Anniversary special events and guests.
Celebrating its 20th Anniversary and the success of the organic family farm cooperative, Organic Valley Family of Farms will host the fifth-annual Kickapoo Country Fair on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27 on the grounds of its headquarters in La Farge, Wis., set in the ancient and beautiful hills of the Kickapoo River Valley.
At this year's Seafair Milk Carton Derby, a crew of Washington dairymen have their sights set on a repeat victory. For a second year, Organic Valley's bovine themed Viking-style schooner, the “Udderly Local,” and its crew of brawny local farmers will leave their milking chores behind and head to the city to paddle in this unique event on Green Lake.
Organic Valley's boat is a 24-foot vessel constructed by Port Townsend general contractor and part-time boat builder, Douglas Milholland. From the deck up, Udderly Local resembles a Viking ship with a raised prow adorned by a hand-carved cow head. But unlike anything Erik the Red piloted, Udderly Local floats on a hull of sealed Organic Valley milk cartons.
The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) is pleased to announce receipt of a $20,000 gift from the Cooperative Regions of Organic Producer Pools (CROPP). CROPP is an organic-farmer-owned cooperative of the Organic Valley Family of Farms™ products, based in LaFarge, WI.
The CROPP gift will aid in the initiation of an outreach and research program at SWROC in the use of high tunnels for organic vegetable production. High tunnels are polyethylene covered, greenhouse-like structures where crops are grown directly in the ground.