Join Cornucopia’s cofounder at his local farmers market in Viroqua, Wisconsin, searching for the best certified organic and non-certified local food. In this short video he explains the benefits of shopping locally and why you seek out certified organic farmers first, and then use Cornucopia’s new DIY Certification Guide to ask non-certified farmers educated questions about their growing methods.
Viroqua, in Vernon County, Wisconsin has a vibrant market. It’s thought there are more organic farmers in Vernon County in any county in the United States.
Cornucopia’s Take: Since its founding 14 years ago, Cornucopia has been virtually officed. Although we have a volunteer who distributes mail, a board member, and farmer-members in the Cornucopia, Wisconsin area, our staff work from home offices across the country. Cornucopia’s cofounders and key staff live and work in the upper Midwest, Colorado, Oregon, and Maine, while our newest policy analyst, an attorney with training in agricultural law, resides in California.
This allows Cornucopia to better utilize contributions to support our mission upholding the integrity of organic and local food and farming, rather than for occupancy and overhead expenses related to physical office space. It also eliminates commuting, which is beneficial for the environment, and allows staff to spend more time with their families and communities. Most importantly, being virtually officed has helped us conduct nationwide recruitment campaigns that have resulted in a uniquely qualified, talented, and passionate staff who are truly dedicated to supporting economic justice for family-scale farms across the country.
Max Goldberg of LivingMaxwell.com interviewed Cornucopia Codirector Mark Kastel in Washington, D.C. during this week’s National Organic Standards Board meetings. Mark shared his thoughts on developments there.
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