Organic Valley farmer-owners, Delmar and Theresa Westaby, are proud to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Westaby Family Farms, the Stockton, Ill. organic dairy that has been in their family for five generations. The Westabys will host a private celebration to commemorate this milestone at their farm Saturday, Aug. 13.
Wisconsin-based Organic Valley, a farmer-owned cooperative with 1,636 organic farmers nationwide, is proud to support and participate in the 26th annual Farm Aid 2011 concert held in Kansas City, Kansas, on Saturday, Aug. 13. For years Organic Valley has supported and shared in Farm Aid’s mission to keep farm families on their land.
The Midwest’s largest celebration of organic food just got a little tastier! The Kickapoo Country Fair, taking place on Saturday, July 30 in La Farge, Wis., today announced its keynote speakers are to be nationally renowned food leaders Will Allen and Andrew Zimmern. Allen, an urban agriculture pioneer and founder of Growing Power, a farm and community food center in Milwaukee, and Zimmern, chef and star of the Travel Channel’s hit series, “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern,” both hail from the Midwest and have helped establish the region as a center for food culture and advocacy. Rounding out the day-long celebration will be country music headliner The Kentucky Headhunters.
Organic Valley, the nation’s oldest organic farmer-owned cooperative, and National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide, today announced they are joining forces to improve school lunch.
The two pioneers in cooperative thinking will launch a national promotion this fall to support the National Farm to School Network, a nonprofit connecting schools and local farms to serve healthy meals in school cafeterias, improve student nutrition, provide agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and support local and regional farmers.
Organic Prairie, the brand of organic meats produced by the same farmer-owned coop as Organic Valley, today premiered what could become the hottest movies of the summer: grilling how-to’s featuring Chef Michel Nischan and starring delicious Organic Prairie meats sizzling on the barbecue.
The Kincaid’s lupine, an endangered wildflower in the state of Washington, will be the center of attention at the fifth annual Lupine Pasture Walk. In celebration of the plant’s unexpected success at an organic dairy farm in Lewis County, a free public event will be held on Saturday, June 18, from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Mallonee Farm and nearby Baw-Faw Grange Hall, 995 Boistfort Rd. in Curtis, Wash.
In celebration of its growing network of fresh-faced farmers, Organic Valley, the nation’s largest cooperative of organic farmers, has honored three of its youngest with Generation Organic (Gen-O) awards. Generation Organic is what Organic Valley calls its young organic farmers, aged 16 to 35, who represent a new generation of sustainable agriculture leaders and who believe in the power of organic agriculture to change the world. The Gen-O Award was presented to the young farmers at the cooperative’s Annual Meeting, held earlier this month in La Crosse, Wis.
Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farms and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, recognized 512 of its farmer-owners with Outstanding Quality Awards at the cooperative’s annual meeting held last week in La Crosse, Wis.
This year, Chefs Collaborative and 65 restaurants are partnering with Organic Valley to bring Earth Dinners, a series to raise awareness about local, sustainable and organic food, to the dining public.
Chefs across the country are taking the best Spring has to offer in an effort to raise funds for Chefs Collaborative, the leading nonprofit network of chefs and farmers that fosters a sustainable food system using the power of education, collaboration and responsible buying decisions. The Midwest dairy farmers of Organic Valley will match every dollar donated by each restaurant partner, up to $10,000.
Organic Valley, America’s largest cooperative of organic farmers and one of the nation’s leading organic brands, today announced it has distributed a bonus 13th check—traditionally, a cash distribution paid out when annual profits exceed sales goals—to its farmer-owners.
“We were very pleased we are able to distribute a 13th check to the members of our cooperative this year, allocating funds right back to the farming families who work the land,” said George Siemon, C-E-I-E-I-O and founding farmer of Organic Valley. “It’s taken a few years of conservative supply management, but we’ve moved past recent economic and supply challenges and got to where we need to be, thanks to everyone’s cooperation, in the true sense of the word.”