The first inkling that there was going to be community opposition to the show came in the days leading up to the event, when we heard that a number of local groups, such as the Land Stewardship Project, Houston County Protectors, Citizens Against Silica Mining, the Ho-Chunk Nation and Coulee Region
Climate Alliance, were organizing to protest the event.
In January 1988, when a "get big or get out" strategy seemed to be the only way for farmers to survive, a handful of farmers gathered in Southwestern Wisconsin's "coulee region
," where glacial valleys have produced unique topography ideal for small-scale agriculture.
"Given this country's present epidemic of obesity and the many truly horrible diseases related thereto, and considering Jennifer Livingston's fortuitous position in the community, I hope she will finally take advantage of a rare and golden opportunity to influence the health and psychological well-being of Coulee Region
children by transforming herself for all of her viewers to see over the next year, and, to that end, I would be absolutely pleased to offer Jennifer any advice or support she would be willing to accept," Krause said.
The United Way supports around 70 different programs throughout the Coulee region
Founded in 1968 to make dimension wood components, Bangor, WI-based Coulee Region
Enterprises has grown from three employees to 100 employees, from 5,000 square feet to 120,000 square feet of production and storage space, and expanded to include a lumber wholesale business.
In 1988, Wayne joined George and a handful of other rural Wisconsin farmers to form Coulee Region
Organic Produce Pool (CROPP), known today as Organic Valley.
The team displayed "an intense commitment" and collegiality in reaching settlement on a three-year contract that runs through 2002, according to Coulee Region
United Educators Director Gerald Roethel.
* Organic Valley of LaFarge, Wis., was originally organized as the Coulee Region
Organic Produce Pool in 1988.