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April 3 - April 24, 2019

Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative Feed


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    Transport Test Drive an Electric Bike
    Half of all trips made in the US are three miles or less; 72% of them are driven. Private vehicles account for 60% of trips of a mile or less. Do you often drive short distances instead of biking or walking? If so, how might incorporating an electric bike into your lifestyle help you make more climate-friendly choices?

    Jane Even's avatar
    Jane Even 4/24/2019 11:39 AM
    I did it!  I bought an E Bike and pick it up 4/25. I'll be leaving my car at home and riding my bike to work and back now. I have a regular bike that I have ridden to work, but always dreaded the 2 mile hill climb going home after working 10 hours--now I'll be biking more, driving less, saving gas, and will have a healthier me and the environment-pricey, but worth it!
    Food Keep Track of Wasted Food
    An average American throws out about 240 lbs of food per year. The average family of four spends $1,500 a year on food that they throw out. Where would you rather use this money?

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    Heidi King 4/24/2019 11:08 AM
    I would rather use that money on a fun family trip.
    Food Zero-waste Cooking
    How are environmental issues like black carbon and other emissions from cooking fires or rudimentary cookstoves also human health and social justice issues? Why do these issues matter to you?

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    Megan Schultz 4/24/2019 7:26 AM
    Often times, " rudimentary" methods don't burn the wood or fuel completely which can create a lot of smoke and pollution. People can inhale these fumes which can hurts their health.

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    Megan Schultz 4/24/2019 7:07 AM
    Last day, folks! What was the most influential thing that you learned? 
    Women and Girls Give a Microloan
    Globally, women typically invest a higher proportion of their earnings in their families and communities than men. Why do you think that is?

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    Lorie Long 4/23/2019 6:13 PM
    I supported 2 new loans through Kiva.  One was a group of women making clothing and another a woman going to school.
    Food Learn More about Regenerative Agriculture
    Clean air, clean water and healthy food are three reasons to care about regenerative agriculture. What are some other reasons?

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    Lorie Long 4/23/2019 6:11 PM
    Didn't really even know this term.  It is another reason to support local, organic farms through CSAs or farmers' markets.
    Materials Recycle Everything I Can
    How could you incorporate other "R's" -- reduce, reuse, refuse, repair, repurpose, etc. -- into your lifestyle? How does considering implementing these "R's" make you feel?

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    Lorie Long 4/23/2019 6:09 PM
    I focus primarily on reducing.  Each change we make is a little bit tough at first but then before we know it we don't miss it.  About 13 or 14 years ago I decided to stop using paper towels.  For a month or so, it was hard.  Now, we never even think about it.
    Food Support Nutrient Management
    How does environmental quality influence your sense of community?

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    Megan Schultz 4/23/2019 10:00 AM
    I feel that it influences me sense of community because I love being outside and those around me love being outside and without having good environmental quality I wouldnt get to enjoy being outside with those that I love. 
    Food Learn More about Silvopasture
    Had you heard of the term "silvopasture" before now? After learning more about it, what do you think is the biggest advantage of silvopasture?

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    Megan Schultz 4/23/2019 9:59 AM
    Working in the agriculture industry I had heard of silvopasturing before. I think the biggest advantage is the restoration and biodiversity viewpoint, secondarily it could mean feeding more people on less land.  
    Action Track: Social Justice Learn about Local Indigenous Practices
    What did you learn about indigenous peoples' land management that you can apply in your own life?

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    Megan Schultz 4/23/2019 9:53 AM
    I learned that it was far more complex with far more moving parts than expected. I enjoyed learning about the pasturing aspect for livestock, as that is when livestock is happiest and healthiest, but I also enjoyed learning about home gardening as that is more applicable to me.