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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 — 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.
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.
 

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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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People: Chris Affrey, Baker, at the New Potsdam Co-op Bakery

A toast to bread--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 first baker, Chris Affrey.  Go to full article

Community Action Planning Council Spotlights Food Programs in Jefferson County

The Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County is hoping to create a greater local awareness of programs like food stamps and summer food service programs. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Great Lakes Food Chain Disrupted

A major link in the food web is disappearing from the Great Lakes. Researchers are concerned that its absence will damage fish populations. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Bears and Backpackers in Co-habitation

This summer, tens of thousands of hikers and campers will flock to the eastern High Peaks. Waiting for them will be a small group of aggressive black bears. The animals have...  Go to full article

North Country GardenShare

Gardeners are urged to plant a row for the hungry in their gardens this summer. Todd Moe talks with GardenShare coordinator Philip Harnden, who says this year he'd like to...  Go to full article

Hermon-DeKalb Students Fast to Fight Hunger

Students in Hermon DeKalb High School are giving up food for a day to help fight hunger in St. Lawrence County. For the fourth year, teens will forgo meals and snacks for 30...  Go to full article

TAUNY Cookbook Wins National Award

The Traditional Arts In Upstate New York's cookbook, Good Food, Served Righthas won first place in the 2000 Tobasco Community Cookbook Competition. Martha Foley has...  Go to full article

Potsdam Coop Plans Wood-fired Bakery

A small town in Italy is helping shape the future of the Potsdam Food Co-op. This summer, the Co-op plans to open a bakery, complete with a wood-fired brick oven. The idea...  Go to full article

Natural Selections: White Meat, Dark Meat

The Thanksgiving holiday brought some questions to mind for Martha Foley about turkeys. For instance, why is dark meat dark? She and Dr. Curt Stager discuss turkey anatomy.  Go to full article

Meet the Masters: Bea Reynolds, Grand Champion Cook

Bea Reynolds of Burke has always been well known to her family, church, and community as a special home maker. Helping feed a big family, she learned early from her mother....  Go to full article

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