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Food and Hunger

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Local Farm-to-Cafeteria Movement Grows

The state university campuses in Canton and Potsdam, St. Lawrence University, and Massena Central School District are among the hundreds of schools across the country that buy food locally. They buy fresh produce, bison meat, maple syrup, soybean oil, honey, even sunflowers from local farmers. The local effort used to be called the Farm-to-School Support Project. It sprang up three years ago in St Lawrence County. Now it has a new name--the North Country Grown Cooperative--a new delivery van and, thanks to a $3,000 grant, a new collection and distribution center at the Cornell Cooperative Extension facility on Rt. 68. Gregory Warner spoke with manager Sue Rau (RAOW) - she and her husband Andy Soutar had just returned from delivering the day's produce to SUNY Potsdam. The customers are satisfied, she said. In fact, they want more.

Sue Rau says she's always looking for growers, even if you're not part of the cooperative. Interested farmers can call her at 315-769-5061.  Go to full article
Bear canister. (photo: Wildlife Conservation Society)

New High Peaks Rule Requires Bear-proof Containers

A new regulation that will require the use of bear-proof food containers in part of the Adirondack High Peaks region took effect yesterday. Ed Reed, wildlife biologist with the Department of Environmental Conservation in Ray Brook, says the rule is meant to reduce the potential for negative encounters between bears and people. He spoke with Chris Knight.  Go to full article

Niche Markets Work for NY Farms

New York farmers got some positive news. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in Buffalo released a report saying that so-called 'value-added' products have given a boon to New York agriculture. Gregory Warner has more.  Go to full article

Senate Vote Could Close Thrift Stores, Neighborhood Centers

The House has slashed over half the funding for an anti-poverty fund called the Community Services Block Grant. The money funds neighborhood centers around the country....  Go to full article

The Subtle Rewards of the Vegetable Garden

Gardeners are a passionate group. Flowers reward their attentive growers with visual delight, and fragrance. The payback for vegetable gardeners can be harder to appreciate; ...  Go to full article

Burlington's "Chew Chew Fest" Celebrates 20 years

Vermont's annual feeding frenzy gets underway Friday morning (11 am) in Burlington's Waterfront Park. The Green Mountain Chew Chew Food Festival is celebrating its 20th...  Go to full article

Commentary: Four Old Men Eat Tomatoes on a Porch

There comes a moment every spring when the sun is so warm it takes you back to summer memories. Commentator Paul Willcott, who has roots in Texas, has been watching the...  Go to full article

Canton Farmers' Market Prepares for New Season

It's a sure sign of spring -- the Canton Farmers' Market will open on Friday, May 13th. The market is one of many across the region that offers locally grown vegetables,...  Go to full article

Canton Workshops Tackle Hunger Issues

For more than 30 years, Bread for the World has been a non-partisan voice for ending hunger. Bread for the World will lead a series of workshops on advocacy...  Go to full article

Commentary: Frostbite for Dessert

Commentator Betsy Kepes doesn't expect gourmet food when she goes winter camping. But every once in awhile, she finds the perfect dining experience.  Go to full article

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