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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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Stories and recipes submitted by NCPR friends, listeners and staff. You can find Stories, Food Life at many bookstores throughout the region.


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Apr 17, 2014 — On the eve of Easter and National Jelly Bean Day, let us probe the mysterious origins and unexpected ascendency of the humble candy. And to celebrate, we've sampled Jelly Belly's newest flavors.
Apr 17, 2014 — When Poppy Tooker was a kid, her favorite dish was her great-grandmother's Peas in a Roux. Only years later did Tooker discover that canned peas — not fresh or frozen — were the key to the recipe.
Apr 17, 2014 — It turns out the first chili peppers were grown by humans in eastern Mexico. And it's not the same region where beans and corn were first grown, according to new ways of evaluating evidence.
Apr 17, 2014 — In West Baltimore, it takes 17 minutes of work (the average hourly wage is $19.34), but in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood, where wages are more than double that, it takes only nine minutes.
Apr 17, 2014 — Scientists and food activists are launching a campaign to promote seeds that can be freely shared, rather than protected through patents and licenses. They call it the Open Source Seed Initiative.
 

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Local Flavors: Todd Moe keeps it homegrown in this series focused on eating locally, and on sustainable agriculture and gardening.
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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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USDA Withdraws Organics Law "Clarification"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has withdrawn a "guidance statement" regarding organic food production. Some feared the directive was an attempt by the government to relax standards for organic foods. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Erin Toner reports  Go to full article
The Watertown Urban Mission's food pantry served 340 households in April -- an all-time high

Working Together: Caregivers Create Homeless "Safety Nets"

Help isn't always within the reach of those scraping to get by in rural areas. Most counties in the North Country don't have an emergency shelter. County Social Service workers do their best to meet the needs of the poor, but there are always those who slip through the cracks. Some prefer to keep to themselves, others are too proud to ask for help, and some government agencies are too overwhelmed. As Todd Moe reports, small communities can also be rich in resources. Churches and non-profits are doing their part to stock food pantries, provide hot meals and raise awareness.  Go to full article

Preview: Crop Walks in Jefferson County

This Sunday afternoon three Crop Walks for Hunger will be held in the Jefferson county communities of Adams, Sackets Harbor and Watertown. Pastor Cynthia Walton, of the United Presbyterian Church of Sackets Harbor, says money raised during the Crop Walks will benefit local food banks and world-wide disaster relief.  Go to full article

Homegrown Recipes from the Garden

For 20 years, the Cook's Garden Catalogue has been one of the country's best known organic seed companies. Now in her first cookbook, From the Cook's Garden,...  Go to full article
Ken Hill in his Atlasta Farms "office" in Lisbon

Redefining North Country Agriculture

There's a big change underway in North Country agriculture. The number of dairy farms has plummeted since the 1990s. Most of the victims are mid-size family operations. ...  Go to full article

Clinton: Spreading the "Made in NY" Message

David Sommerstein talks with Senator Hillary Clinton about the challenges -- and promise -- of marketing New York farm products in New York City, as well as filling the...  Go to full article

Raw Milk Advocates Petition Small Farmers

Sales are strictly illegal in New York and many other states, but fans of raw milk believe un-pasteurized milk is more nutritious, and more delicious than commercial milk. ...  Go to full article

Food Tracking Gaining Steam?

On the heels of the discovery of mad cow disease in the U.S., North Country Congressman John McHugh is among lawmakers calling for a national animal ID program to track meat....  Go to full article

Chili Cook-off Set for Saturday in Watertown

The 5th annual North Country Chili Cook-off is this Saturday in Waterown. Local cooks compete for the honor of making the best pot of chili around. And, as Jody Tosti...  Go to full article
Martha Foley & Ellen Rocco mix the <i>latke</i> batter.  Below, <i>latkes</i> on the griddle!!

Celebrate Chanukah With NCPR Latkes

Tonight is the first night of the Jewish holiday Chanukah. We start celebrations a little early this year by cooking latkes, Chanukah's most typical food. NCPR's...  Go to full article

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