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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 18, 2014 — Clam digging satisfies that primeval urge to go out into nature and find free food. And inveterate Washington state clam diggers admit they compete to get their daily limit of 15 clams.
Apr 18, 2014 — The port town of Bayonne in France's Basque region is known for its colorful food and culture. And since 1464, its residents have celebrated the remarkable, local cured ham at the springtime Ham Fair.
Apr 18, 2014 — We hard-boiled them. We donned blindfolds. And we chowed down. In our eggsperiment, can you guess which bird prevailed in the ultimate showdown of duck vs. chicken?
Apr 18, 2014 — A shortage of gefilte fish is causing panic in the middle of Passover. But New York Times reporter Matt Chaban says some observant Jews are OK with not having to eat the love-it-or-hate-it appetizer.
Apr 17, 2014 — On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendancy of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
 

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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.
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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.

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The Co-op's Holiday Bake Off will be held in the Carriage House Bakery in Potsdam
The Co-op's Holiday Bake Off will be held in the Carriage House Bakery in Potsdam

Ready, Set, Bake! Potsdam Co-op Hosts Holiday Bake Off

Just as the oven begins to cool from the Thanksgiving feast, comes another seasonal favorite - Holiday baking. The Potsdam Food Co-op's 7th Annual Holiday Bake Off is this Sunday from noon to 4 pm. You might say baking this time of year is a very real example of the warmth of the Holidays. Todd Moe chats with Potsdam Co-op Purchaser Amy Savitskie about Sunday's Bake Off, which is also a fundraiser for the Potsdam Neighborhood Center.  Go to full article

Organic Farmers Stretch to Meet Demand

Organic foods are becoming more and more popular - so popular many farmers are finding it's hard to keep up with demand. In the give and take of market-driven economics, organic farmers are responding to the pressures of demand in creative ways. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports.  Go to full article

Commentary: Just Like Mom Used to Microwave

Over the past few generations a number of changes have occurred in the way we prepare and consume food. For example, few people alive today have actually churned butter by hand. Those who did as a matter of course, could not have imagined the food processor and the microwave. And with the changes in the preparation mechanisms have come social changes. Commentator Paul Willcott.  Go to full article

Doctors Publish Fish Buying Guide

Last month, the Federal Advisory Panel re-evaluated the food pyramid. The panel's now saying Americans should increase the amount of fish they eat to two servings a week. But...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Nutrition in Vegetables

Did you know the green ends of the cabbage leaf has twenty times the vitamin E of the whiter stem end, or that tomato varieties vary 3-fold in the the amount of vitamin C...  Go to full article

Beefy Guy Buys Organic Bovine

Each year, Americans spend tens of billions of dollars on diets and diet aids. Low carbohydrate diets like South Beach, the Zone, and Atkins are all becoming household words...  Go to full article

Commentary: The North Woods Diet

It seems like everyone has a new diet - the South Beach diet, the Atkins diet, the Zone, Dean Cornish. Low fat. Low carb. Low cal. There are many to choose from. ...  Go to full article

Buying Organic: Grocery Stores or Local Farm-raised?

It can be tough deciding whether to buy organic foods at the market. Organic produce often costs more, sometimes doesn't look as nice, and can compete with locally-produced...  Go to full article

New Fish Advisories in Adirondacks

The state health department yesterday issued new fish advisories for 10 Adirondack lakes and ponds due to mercury contamination. 20 other lakes and ponds in the park already...  Go to full article

Vines and Wines: The Art of Growing Grapes

Martha Foley talks with horticulturist Amy Ivy about growing grapes for juice or wine. Even in a backyard vineyard, it's part art and part science.  Go to full article

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