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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 — 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.
Apr 17, 2014 — The Sichuan peppercorn that makes our mouths tingle activates the same neurons as when our foot falls asleep. Scientists are hoping the connection unlocks clues for how to turn those neurons off.
Apr 16, 2014 — Impatient gardeners don't have to wait for summer to harvest salad fixings. A surprising variety of crops will bring homegrown produce to your table in as little as three weeks.
Apr 16, 2014 — The color of food can affect how we perceive its taste, and food companies aren't afraid to use that to their advantage. An artist tests perceptions by dousing familiar foods with unorthodox colors.
Apr 16, 2014 — This cooking method — a strange mix of the precise and the forgiving — means never having to worry about rubbery, overcooked meats. But mind your eyebrows while you're holding the blowtorch.
 

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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.
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.

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Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.
Jess Pletcher, Sara Gould, Shawn McGowan and Kiley Felch share garden chores.

A Grass-Roots Garden Yields Plenty

With a dusting of snow and frost in some parts of the region this week, it's time to say good-bye to bright perennials and favorite herbs. But many North Country gardeners enjoyed an extended growing season again this year thanks to mild temperatures last month. For a group of novice gardeners in Potsdam, this summer was an opportunity to seriously dig into tilling, hoeing, weeding and fence building. And despite a late start and lack of supplies, their volunteer effort paid off recently with a whopping harvest for the needy. Todd Moe reports.  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, gardening guru Ellen Ecker Ogden shares a bounty of garden-to-table recipes celebrating the rich variety of seasonal offerings available at farmer's markets, produce aisles and home gardens. She gardens and cooks in southern Vermont. Todd Moe talks with Ellen Ecker Ogden about recipes for cooks who like to garden, gardeners who like to cook, and everyone who wishes they had a garden.  Go to full article

Potsdam Coop Celebrates 30 Years

The Potsdam Food Coop celebrates its 30th anniversary this Saturday with an all day festival of food, music and memories. Todd Moe talks with Coop board members Anne Malone and Ed Clarke about the Coop's history and success.  Go to full article

Group Considers Community-based Market in Canton

A group of residents is working to bring a community-based market to the village of Canton. In part, the store would be a place where local growers could sell and store their...  Go to full article

Kosher Cheese Plant to Open in Ogdensburg

Over the next three years, 200 hundred workers will be hired to produce kosher products at the now-closed cheese plant in Ogdensburg. The deal was inked this week after two...  Go to full article

Testing Wireless Food Stamps in Farmers' Markets

It's the height of the season for luscious, farm-grown fruits and vegetables. But most people, who get help from the government with buying their food, can't take advantage...  Go to full article

Sheila Cerwonka is North Country Public Radio

Potsdam resident Sheila Cerwonka takes us through finding, preparing and cooking one of nature's serendipitous gifts, puffballs.  Go to full article

Volunteers Grow Veggies for Food Banks

A group of volunteers has been hard at work this summer growing an extensive vegetable garden in the suburban style state office campus in Albany. But none of them will be...  Go to full article
New cork can be harvested every 8-10 years.

Natural Selections: Cork

Traditional cork is harvested from the bark of a European variety of oak. Dr. Curt Stager and Martha Foley discuss the venerable history of this useful material which, in...  Go to full article

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...  Go to full article

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