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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been heavily promoting its organic programs lately, particularly its increased support for organic farming in the new farm bill: "Consumer demand for organic products has grown exponentially over the past...
There is an alarming amount of hunger in the United States, despite our collective wealth. This fact has been cited so often that it has lost some of its power. Income inequality is old news, but it’s important not to take this for granted....
As we've reported for quite a while here at NCPR, the Champlain Valley has become a hotspot in the North Country for young farmers trying to forge a new path for agriculture. The Adirondack Explorer traces the roots and future possibilities of that...
Happy National Agriculture Day! You can write an essay about agriculture (theme: "365 days and 7 billion mouths to feed"), plan a get-together, or scroll through hundreds of "felfies" – farmer selfies. But definitely look at these portraits....
This week is Agricultural Literacy week in New York State, organized by Cornell's Agriculture in the Classroom program. Every year, Cornell extension agents and other volunteers head in to the classroom to read an Ag-related children's book. This...

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Apr 24, 2014 — Two growers are competing to harvest fresh figs earlier and earlier in hopes of transforming the industry for year-round production. But some fig lovers say they can hold out for summer fruit.
Apr 24, 2014 — With intricately composed photographs, designer Dinah Fried puts readers at the table for 50 of her favorite literary spreads. Her new book is called Fictitious Dishes.
Apr 24, 2014 — The Green Mountain State is poised to become the first to require GMO labeling. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont's.
Apr 24, 2014 — Technology enhanced food production has come a long way, but nearly an eighth of the population still suffers from chronic hunger. The United Nations' Kanayo Nwanze discusses what might help.
Apr 23, 2014 — On the first leg of his Asian tour, the president stopped by the iconic sushi restaurant. David Gelb, who directed a documentary about the restaurant, says eating there is amazing and nerve-wracking.
 

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Audio Series
Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
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Audio Slideshow:
Watertown Schools Fight Hunger with "Empty Bowls"
the "Empty Bowls" program, which began sixteen years ago in Michigan and has grown nationwide in scope. 1,700 clay bowls that were made over the last few months at schools in Jefferson County will raise thousands of dollars for hunger relief.
Photo Audio Essay
The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

Food Programs at NCPR

Sunday, 2 pm

A Local Guide to Pasture-Raised Meat

Meat lovers are increasingly looking to pasture-raised beef, lamb, and chicken as a healthier and more sustainable alternative to commercial feed lot meats. The Adirondack North Country Association recently published a directory of local farms that raise cows, sheep, and poultry on pasture, along with a list of local butchers who can prepare the meat for your freezer. David Sommerstein talks with ANCA's grazing technician Martha Pickard, who compiled the directory.

You can get a copy of the directory, or be included if you're a farmer, by calling 518-891-6200.  Go to full article

New Website for Food-Borne Illnesses

People who suspect they're sick because of something they ate can go to a new Web site to find out if others are having similar symptoms. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner has more.  Go to full article

School Connects Kids to Healthy Eating

American kids are overweight. Nutritionists say one major reason is that kids are eating too much junk food, and not enough fresh produce. A government pilot program is trying to get kids to eat more locally-grown fruits and vegetables in school by giving them out for free. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Rebecca Williams visited a school where the experiment is underway.  Go to full article
Carol Ann Maracle prepares the feast.

Making Fry Bread the Mohawk Way

Last week an environmental conference on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation featured a traditional dinner in honor of activist Katsi Cook. The menu included moose meatloaf,...  Go to full article

A Gardener's Guide to Frost

If you garden in the North Country, you've got a personal relationship with frost. It marks the beginning and the end of the season, but there are ways around those...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Kitchen Cleanliness

Kitchen cleanliness is in the spotlight this week! Dr. Curt Stager gives some tips for avoiding intestinal distress by maintaining a bacteria-free kitchen.  Go to full article

Maple Syrup Flows With Tradition

April is the month for the highest maple syrup production in North America, and a time when many towns and villages in the Great Lakes states hold pancake breakfasts. The...  Go to full article

Another Cheese Plant to Close in St. Lawrence County

Another cheese factory in St. Lawrence County plans to close its doors this year. Losurdu Foods in Heuvelton will shut down it operations on October 18th, putting over 100...  Go to full article

Hunger Awareness Day

As the nation prepares for war with Iraq, our attention is centered on the conflict in the Middle East. But back home, some social organizations are waging their own war on...  Go to full article
Grace Hargrave and Rev. Clint McCoy

Farm to Table: JCC Hosts Foodbridge Saturday in Watertown

Martha Foley talks with the Reverend Clint McCoy and Madrid dairy farmer Grace Hargrave about why it's important to understand life on the farm.  Go to full article

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