Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2012 12:00 PM
A group of young farmers embarks from La Farge, Wis., Sept. 25 on a tour promoting organic agriculture. The three-week Midwest tour is sponsored by Organic Valley. Pictured, from left, are James Frantzen, Raena Wilson, Allison Bates, Rosa and Ceara Westaby.
A Gervais, Ore., dairy farmer is participating in a tour promoting organic agriculture in the Midwest.
Greg Rosa, 21, son of Jerome Rosa of Jerosa Organic Dairy, is among several farmers aged 18 to 35 participating in the third-annual Generation Organic tour, which is sponsored by the Organic Valley cooperative.
The Gen-O tour is spending three weeks promoting organic agriculture at colleges, farmers' markets and grocery stores in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.
"To provide healthy, wholesome, safe food for people is the most rewarding career you could choose," Rosa said.
The tour started Sept. 25 at Organic Valley headquarters in La Farge, Wis., and wraps up with stops at the University of Minnesota on Oct. 12 and Lakewinds Natural Foods in Chanhassen, Minn., on Oct. 13.
Organic Valley promotes itself as the largest organic farming cooperative in North American, with more than 1,766 farmer-owners in 33 states and four Canadian provinces.
Rosa is a student at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.