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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 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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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. Martha Foley talks with Adirondack Life editor-at-large Betsy Folwell about the apple recipe contest.  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 pantries. For the second year in a row, the organization is capitalizing on the statewide Town Meeting Day on March 4th. Jody Tosti spoke with Travis Poulin, the interim director for the non-profit group.  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
A volunteer plants onions in Gouverneur's community garden last spring

Growing Gardens in Jefferson County

Land has been cleared for a new community garden in the North Country village of Philadelphia. Organizers say the garden, near Fort Drum, will be a reliable source of fresh...  Go to full article

Farm-to-School: Improving Farm Income and School Lunches

Cornell Cooperative Extension officials in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence county say the time is ripe to start serving more North Country-grown produce in local schools. ...  Go to full article

Preview: A Tribute To Poet Robert Burns

The United Presbyterian Church in Sackets Harbor is hosting a mid-winter celebration in honor of Scottish Poet Robert Burns on Saturday. Martha Foley talks with the Reverend...  Go to full article

Native Americans Weigh Contaminated Fish Risks

There's a trend among some Native Americans. They're trying to return to more traditional diets. Many believe various health problems among indian populations are due, in...  Go to full article

Eating Heart Smart Over the Holidays

Why you should be careful about holiday over-indulgence. Martha Foley talks with cardiologist Dr. Alexander Stoian, who explains why little binges hurt.  Go to full article

At Fort Drum, A War On Poverty

Soldiers at Fort Drum, near Watertown, are preparing for possible war in Iraq. But the Army is also struggling with a more domestic issue. By the Pentagon's own estimate,...  Go to full article

Doctors Warn About Too Much Junk Food, Too Little Exercise

It's not news anymore that Americans are overweight. But the numbers in the North Country are far worse that the national average. The St. Lawrence County Medical Society is...  Go to full article

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