Blog posts by Cassie Kent

Written by Cassie Kent on Tuesday, March 26, 2024

As a child, Shelia Wambui lived in Kenya with her family, where they tended land, grew their own vegetables, and reared hundreds of chickens and a handful of pigs. She believes it is our responsibility to be ethical stewards for the environment and its inhabitants. Sheila values conscious farming practices because of their effect on all ecosystems. She notes that organic farming, by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, reduces harmful exposure to humans and waterways. Sheila envisions an agricultural system that protects the environment, the farmers, and the communities…
Written by Cassie Kent on Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Connection is the heartbeat of Angie Oliva’s organic journey. “The food is medicine mantra is very important, along with the revitalization of small farm businesses through America. So, when I look at the needs of our nation, and I notice how we’re connected to food, it’s those things that really drive me to be a part of organic farming”.  Oliva ‘s first memories are of growing up in a small town in Guanajuato, Mexico, in a rural agrarian village. After finishing her morning chores, she spent her days exploring cornfields, getting lost in the stalks, discovering the diversity of the…
Written by Cassie Kent on Monday, August 1, 2022

  With each generation, we build the future. Karla Ahumada Regalado has her hands in the soil as she journeys toward revitalization. She sees that “the whole world is impacted by the agriculture industry, not only the farmer working within it. Soil quality is reflected upon our crop quality, and crop quality is reflected upon the health of the people.” At the Soil Health Academy, which is integrated with Chico State University’s Center for Regenerative Agriculture and Resilient Systems, Karla dove into solving the struggles of farmers across the nation, including challenges with water…
Written by Cassie Kent on Monday, July 11, 2022

Along the coastline of Oaxaca, a southern state of Mexico, lies a mountain range called Sierra Madre del Sur. In the fog-draped trees, Emilia Santos Perez was raised in a pueblo called San Pedro el Alto in the region of Pochutla. The predominant language and people of the area are Zapotec, one indigenous group of sixteen distinct groups known in Oaxaca At 15, Emilia arrived in California, where she began working seasonally in the fields cultivating berries, and during the off-season, she would sell homemade tamales and tortillas. Working with the land, she realized her passion for organic…
Written by Cassie Kent on Monday, June 13, 2022

Radtke’s past, present, and future visions are grounded in her family’s roots in organic dairy. She was brought up in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota, a region known for rolling savannas and prairies, mostly developed into agriculture. Radtke’s family is proud of their operation and are advocates for the benefits of organic in their community. While Radtke was enrolled in 4-H, she continued her family’s model of offering knowledge and compassion. She often leased various livestock to other 4-H members who were not able to have animals of their own so they too could experience raising animals.…