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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 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.
Apr 15, 2014 — Even 2,000 years ago, people seemed to know that the egg could be a source of life. And an ancient art form has been passed down, transforming a symbolic source of food into a dazzling decoration.
Apr 15, 2014 — Not all whole grain breads are created equal. Choosing breads with fully intact grains (think nuggets of whole rye, wheat or millet) may help control blood sugar and stave off hunger.
 

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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.
Betsy in NZ
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

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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 practice of tapping trees for syrup or sugar goes back centuries, long before European settlement. But as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Urycki reports, the methods used to make syrup have changed only a little with time and technology.  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 people out of work. The closure will leave the county with the least number of cheese factories in its history. Jody Tosti has more.  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 poverty and hunger. Today is Hunger Awareness Day and groups like the Hunger Action Network want to remind people that nearly 4 million New Yorkers suffer from hunger each year. Jody Tosti reports.  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

Community Groups Observe Hunger Awareness Day

Community groups across New York will observe Hunger Awareness Day this Thursday in a variety of ways. The Canton Neighborhood Center will spend several days this week...  Go to full article

Vermonters Say Yes to Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods

Critics of genetically engineered foods held a rally on the Vermont Statehouse lawn yesterday to celebrate their victory at Town Meeting Day and to bring their case to the...  Go to full article

Adams Grocer to Offer Drive-thru Service

Shoppers in the Adams area will soon be able to pick up basic food items, like milk and bread, without ever leaving their cars. Rod's Big M is expanding into the vacant...  Go to full article

Wanted: Tasty Apple Recipes

Adirondack Life magazine is looking for the region's best apple recipes. The apple cookoff follows an earlier call for maple recipes that drew scores of entries. ...  Go to full article

Franklin Grand Isle Food Pantry Capitilizes on Town Meeting Day

With over 500 families in need of food assistance each month, the Franklin-Grand Isle Community Action group in Vermont is always looking for unique ways to stock their food...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: Wild Rice

Did you know that wild rice isn't really rice? Martha Foley and Dr. Curt Stager take a closer look at this marshland staple of Native American diet.  Go to full article

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