Inside the Chocolate Industry with Simran Sethi
Simran Sethi is a journalist and educator focused on food, sustainability and social change. She is the author of the book Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love, and creator of the podcast The Slow Melt, which explores the world..
Hands-on, Farm-based (and FUN) Education at Zenger Farm
It is perhaps the longest running education debate we have: Should students learn by studying books, or by hands-on experience? A century ago, proponents of “learning by doing,” including the illustrious John Dewey, faced an uphill battle with..
Inside the Tea Industry with Ahmed Rahim
Ahmed Rahim is the co-founder, CEO and “Chief Alchemist” behind Numi Organic Tea, the largest premium, organic, fair-trade-certified tea company in North America. He and his sister, Reem, were inspired to create Numi Tea by the desire to share a..
Inside the Coffee Industry with Kickapoo Coffee
TJ Semanchin and Caleb Nicholes are the co-founders of Kickapoo Coffee, a gourmet coffee roaster based in Viroqua, Wisconsin. The skills and passions of these men reflect directly in their craft: TJ is a veteran of the coffee world who spent time..
Who Owns Our Seeds?
Dr. Bill Tracy is the Clif Bar Family Foundation / Organic Valley endowed chair of organic plant breeding and chair of the department of agronomy at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. His expertise—his art, truly—is sweet corn. While Dr..
Dr. Erin Silva, “Soil Whiz”
Dr. Erin Silva is an assistant professor in the plant pathology department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research and extension program focuses on sustainable and organic cropping systems, cover crops and cover-crop-based no-till..