Monsanto Gives Helmets to Better Their Bicycle Business

Perhaps you’ve run across this image over the last week.  It’s a fairly standard release form from a company, in this case Monsanto Hawaii.  This letter went home with students from an elementary school on the North Shore of Oahu.  It was posted in an online group with the following caption: Monsanto is buying our schools. This came home with my kids from Waialua Elementary School … Continue reading Monsanto Gives Helmets to Better Their Bicycle Business

That time we flew 4,765 miles to be told “F- You”

The March Against Monsanto happened this weekend. It’s been happening for a few years now, but this year was a little different. There were a few souls that chose to stand up to these bullies by staging a counter protest. MAMyths, or March Against Myths About Modification, is the brainchild of Karl Haro von Mogel, Kavin Senapathy, and David Sutherland.  They put out the call for everyone … Continue reading That time we flew 4,765 miles to be told “F- You”

What Are Your Core Values?

Have you ever had one of “those” years?  A year that was life altering?  I’m not necessarily talking about moves, marriages, and job changes, but a time in your life where your focus and thinking did a huge shift?  I’ve had two ‘aha’ moments so far, at least two that really stick out. The first was about 9 years ago when Dave brought home a … Continue reading What Are Your Core Values?

A ‘Seedy Business’ For Sure

Last week a friend sent an article to me asking for my comments.  To be honest, had I stumbled upon this paper online, I would have dismissed it as “not worth my time”.  It has numerous fallacies and jumps to many conclusions without substantial evidence.  Two thing made me change my mind.  First, a friend asked, and I rarely say no to friends.  Second, this article was … Continue reading A ‘Seedy Business’ For Sure

Monsanto Cover Crop Sticky post

An Open Letter to our Friends on Maui

Dear Maui Friends, You know us.  You’ve sat in our back yard while Dave cooks a pizza or three for you.  You’ve sat next to us in church, or in a class, or at the coffee shop.  You know our character and our hearts.  What I’m coming to realize, is that some of you may not know what Dave does for a living.  Dave works … Continue reading An Open Letter to our Friends on Maui

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Thinking Critically about Maui’s GMO Initiative

In our home, we value critical thinking and a knowledge of current events, two subjects that go hand in hand.  We have 3 children (10,13, & 15) who are encouraged to read the paper each morning and ask questions.  Admittedly, they read the comics first, but eventually they get to the headlines and opinion pieces as well.  Over breakfast we sit and discuss what they … Continue reading Thinking Critically about Maui’s GMO Initiative

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Maui’s Farming Ban

A few months ago the people of Maui County were given the opportunity to present testimony before the county council on a proposed ban on farming.  Here’s what I had to say: Thank you for hearing testimony today.  My name is Rhonda Stoltzfus, and I’m here as a mom and agriculture enthusiast.  I have a bachelors degree in Horticulture from Iowa State University – specializing … Continue reading Maui’s Farming Ban

Bed on a Maui Beach

Sleeping with Monsanto

I’ve been sleeping with Monsanto for 15 years now.  It all started at Iowa State with a good looking graduate student in plant breeding, and somewhere along the line, while I was pregnant with our first child and busy building my organic strawberry farm in Iowa, things changed.  One day the paychecks from the mom and pop company that hired my husband out of school … Continue reading Sleeping with Monsanto