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Your Board

Can You Help the Honeybee?

Sounding Board
By Your Board July 31, 2013
Saving the bees: 
 
What does pollination have to do with the board of directors at Outpost Natural Foods?  Well, our role is to envision our cooperative, the way it relates with and provides for its owners under a variety of circumstances.
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Your Board

My Dream Food Co-op

Sounding Board
By Your Board July 16, 2013

One of the really cool parts of my day job at Feeding America is that I get to travel around the country to join, start, simplify, complicate, explicate, and otherwise advance some of the big conversations surrounding food, food access, hunger, and food systems. It’s really one of the favorite parts of my job.

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Your Board

Saving Seeds = Saving Our Planet

Sounding Board
By Your Board March 5, 2013

An e-mail recently appeared in my inbox that really got me thinking about the sustainability of current conventional farming practices. The e-mail contained a link to a report by the Center for Food Safety as part of its Save Our Seeds (SOS) initiative (http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/campaign/save-our-seeds/). The report, Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers, highlights the ongoing practice of seed companies suing farmers for patent infringement when their fields are discovered to contain genetically engineered (GE or trangenic) crops, even though the farmers hadn't purchased GE seeds from the companies. The seed companies allege that farmers are knowingly saving seeds from prior year GE crops, or are obtaining GE seeds from “seed cleaners,” who specialize in the practice of processing seeds from prior years to use for subsequent plantings. According to the seed companies, these practices are expressly prohibited by the technology agreements signed by farmers who use GE seeds.

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Your Board

A Visit to Walnut Way

Sounding Board
By Your Board October 30, 2012

On Saturday, October 6, I had the pleasure of attending Harvest Day at Walnut Way, on 17th and North Avenue.  The entire 2200 block of N. 17th Street was blocked off for the celebration, with a large sound truck on the north end, providing a stage and sound system for talk and music.

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Malcolm Woods

Pass the Patchouli: I'm Going to the Garden with the Hippies

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods September 10, 2012

 

The president of the Wisconsin Technology Council felt a need to weigh in on the issue of organic foods in Sunday’s Journal Sentinel, taking a shot at hippie gardeners and even your local co-op at the same time.

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Paul Sloth

Now you know why I'm not a farmer

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth June 20, 2012

The folks growing our food, right here in our own state, are either dealing with near drought conditions in the south or flooding up north. Either way, their crops are being affected. You might not notice it or think about it, because there usually isn’t a sign reading, “Sorry, no strawberries this year. The heat ate them.” But what if there was?

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Judy Mayer

Nothing Neutral About Swiss Chard

What's For Dinner
By Judy Mayer May 14, 2012

Swiss chard is one of those beautiful, mysterious vegetables that many people don't know. A staple in Mediterranean kitchens, it is closely related to the beet family and has beautiful large green leaves. The sometimes thick stems, which look like celery stalks, can be red, white or a combination of vibrant reds, yellow and oranges – called rainbow or bright lights chard. The stems and leaves are both edible and can be cooked pretty much any way that spinach is, although the stems should be cooked before the greens as they may take a bit longer to soften.


Depending upon whom you ask – chard can have an earthy, sweet, sometimes bitter or salty flavor. It seems to have a sweeter flavor in cooler weather.


In case you’re wondering where the name comes from - Swiss Chard was named by a Swiss botanist and was so named Swiss Chard.

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Paul Sloth

It ain't easy being green

In the Aisles
By Paul Sloth December 20, 2011

I love sprouts, but they don’t lend themselves to vivid and colorful descriptions. They are not sensual and they aren’t complicated. They’re green.

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Malcolm Woods

Loaves and (GMO) Fishes

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods October 10, 2011

A news report today says an approval of the first genetically-modified animal for human consumption is now in final review at the federal level.

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Malcolm Woods

Milwaukee plays chicken

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods May 24, 2011

Keeping chickens is now legal in the city of Milwaukee.

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Malcolm Woods

Catch a Bee Movie at the Times

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 25, 2011

Since 2006, the number of honeybee colonies in the United States has dropped precipitously. What are all those empty and abandoned hives telling us? A new documentary that tries to answer the question will air next week at the Time Cinema on Milwaukee's west side.
 

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Malcolm Woods

A Rally for GMO Labels

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 23, 2011

A series of rallies demanding that foods containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) be labeled is planned for this coming weekend.

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Malcolm Woods

Growing Power's Next Challenge: Growing Jobs

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods March 8, 2011

A new program run by Milwaukee's Growing Power that hopes to boost inner city food production and provide up to 150 jobs has received funding from the city.

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Malcolm Woods

Milwaukee considering urban farms

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods February 21, 2011

The city of Milwaukee today will consider a proposal by Growing Power to create urban farms that would offer employment and training to inner city residents.

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Malcolm Woods

Planting a seed - the best veggies to grow this summer

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods February 8, 2011

Can't see past the snow drifts? Treehugger has a great feature today listing the top ten garden veggies you can grow this summer that'll warm your green thumbs.

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Malcolm Woods

A good idea to cultivate

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods January 18, 2011

Here's a great idea for local libraries - maintain a lending collection of seeds for local gardeners.

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Malcolm Woods

I'll drink to that

Postscript
By Malcolm Woods January 17, 2011

A new study touts the health benefits of organic milk over conventional.

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Unknown #1

Educational couch potato-ing?

Postscript
By Unknown #1 December 1, 2010

The snow is flying. Here's a way to make good use of hibernation season.

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Unknown #1

Forget flash mobs - welcome crop mobs!

Postscript
By Unknown #1 November 30, 2010

This takes "Know Your Farmer' to a new level.

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Unknown #1

Michael Pollan at UW last night

Postscript
By Unknown #1 November 11, 2010

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

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