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Norfolk farmer on state organic panel

New York's first ever panel on organic farming held its inaugural meeting this week in Albany. The Organic Advisory Task Force will help state Agriculture Commissioner Patrick Hooker create programs and policies to take advantage of the growing demand for organic food. Sue Rau is the only North Country representative on the task force. She spoke with David Sommerstein about its first meeting. Rau manages the North Country Grown Cooperative, which distributes produce from more than 20 local farms. She also runs her own certified organic farm in Norfolk. Rau says when she started farming 20 years ago, there was no local market for organic fruits and vegetables.  Go to full article

What?s behind the organic milk label?

Organic used to be on the fringes of mainstream culture. Not any more. Ever since the National Organic Standards went into effect five years ago, organic foods have become big business. Sales of organic products now total about $20 billion a year in the US. But that quick growth spurt is coming with some growing pains. Julie Grant reports.  Go to full article

Farms keeping up with chefs

Chefs are always dreaming up the next big dish. Lately, it's been trendy for restaurants to showcase locally-grown farm products and meat from livestock that's been raised on a pasture instead of in a feedlot. But Rebecca Williams reports just because something's hot in the kitchen... it doesn't always mean a better payoff for farmers.  Go to full article

NY to help organic farmers

New York is taking measures to boost organic farming. The state has created a program in the Department of Agriculture to help farmers grow and sell organic produce. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The "Certified Natural New York" logo
The "Certified Natural New York" logo

Farmer promotes NNY meats downstate

For several years, agriculture officials in New York have been pushing hard to make the connection between Upstate farms and downstate markets. A Jefferson County farmer has launched his own effort. Steve Winkler of Lucky Seven Livestock in Rodman has created a new label called "Certified Natural New York." He's distributing pork, lamb, beef, and chicken from 40 farms around the state, including about a dozen in northern New York, to stores like Wegmans and Whole Foods in metropolitan areas. Winkler told David Sommerstein "Certified Natural New York" ensures meats are produced under certain guidelines.  Go to full article

Preview: Bee-Fest in Saranac

The New Land Trust in Saranac is sponsoring the First Annual Bee-Fest, August 3-5. The New Land Trust is a 287-acre site that's been practicing ecological land management in Clinton County since 1978. Todd Moe spoke with the Trust's Damian Gormley and Jeff Cochran about organic farming, developing their bee populations and educating the public about the phenomenon know as "Colony Collapse Disorder."  Go to full article

USDA's organic label not enough?

You might not be getting what you pay for when you buy food with the USDA organic label. The GLRC's Rebecca Williams explains.  Go to full article
Mike Davis, Cornell Research Farm, Willsboro (Source:  Ben Stechschulte)
Mike Davis, Cornell Research Farm, Willsboro (Source: Ben Stechschulte)

"Three Farms" Portrays Adirondack Organic Movement

Tonight at the Keene Central School, the group Adirondack Harvest will host the screening of a new film called "Three Farms." The documentary focuses on the daily work and rituals on three organic farms, one in Keene Valley, another in Willsboro, and a third in Keeseville. Photographer Ben Stechschulte, who spends part of each year in the Adirondacks, made the film over a period of years. He spoke with Brian Mann.  Go to full article

Disability on the Farm

This week we're hearing audio diaries. Today's is a part of our year-long series Disability Matters, looking at the issues facing people with disabilities in the North Country. Ann Bennett and her husband, Brian, are organic farmers in Heuvelton. They sell chickens and eggs, vegetables and herbs under the name Bittersweet Farm. They have two children, 11-year-old Katherine and 8-year-old Carl. Ann has a form of muscular dystrophy and arthritis. Her condition has gotten worse in recent years. Before, she walked through the fields and gardens. Now she uses an electric wheelchair with big sturdy wheels to get around the farm. Ann prepared this audio diary about the transition.  Go to full article

Canton Farmers' Market Prepares for New Season

It's a sure sign of spring -- the Canton Farmers' Market will open on Friday, May 13th. The market is one of many across the region that offers locally grown vegetables, bedding plants, fresh baked goods and artisan crafts. Linda Potter is Market Manager in Canton. She spoke with Todd Moe about what's new at the market.  Go to full article

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