farm http://wamc.org en Hancock Shaker Village http://wamc.org/post/hancock-shaker-village <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The 750-acre <a href="https://www.hancockshakervillage.org/">Hancock Shaker Village</a> operates as a living-history museum open to the public with 20 authentic Shaker buildings, costumed interpreters, rich collections of Shaker furniture and artifacts in rotating exhibits, a full schedule of activities and workshops, a mile-long hiking trail and picnic areas, a Village Store and Village Cafe, and a working farm with extensive gardens and heritage-breed livestock.</p><p>They kick of their busy season this Saturday, April 12th with Baby Animals!</p><p>Shawn Hartley Hancock is the Director of Marketing &amp; Communications at Hancock Shaker Village and she joins along with Shaker Singers - Todd Burdick, Margaret Carlough, Jim Day, Stephanie Guelpa, and Julie Smith.</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 87987 at http://wamc.org Hancock Shaker Village "The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story" By Jon Katz http://wamc.org/post/second-chance-dog-love-story-jon-katz <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">No one brings to life the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs like </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">New York Times</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> bestselling author</span><a href="http://www.bedlamfarm.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Jon Katz</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>He has gained great readership with enchanting tales and keen observations of his animal menagerie—the dogs, sheep, chickens, and other residents of Bedlam Farm. Now, Katz is back with his new book: <em>The Second Chance Dog: A Love Story</em>.</p><p>With his signature insight and gift for storytelling, Katz explores the power of second chances for both people and dogs. Jon Katz joins us this morning to celebrate today’s release of the new book he&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">will be signing and reading from the new book tonight at </span>7PM<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at </span><a href="http://www.battenkillbooks.com/">Battenkill</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.battenkillbooks.com/"> Books</a> in Cambridge.</span></p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77581 at http://wamc.org "The Second-Chance Dog: A Love Story" By Jon Katz Saratoga PLAN’s Feast of the Fields http://wamc.org/post/saratoga-plan-s-feast-fields <P>Feast of the Fields takes place this Thursday, September 19th, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club to benefit <A href="http://www.saratogaplan.org">Saratoga PLAN</A>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</P> <P>Continuing its eight-year tradition, Feast of the Fields pairs area restaurants and farms, in an effort to promote sustainable agriculture, support the regional economy, and provide greater awareness of conserving regional farms and the importance of buying and eating local. For the sixth straight year, Feast of the Fields will be set amid the beautiful grounds of Saratoga National Golf Club with spectacular views of 135 acres of forest and wetlands protected through a conservation easement held by Saratoga PLAN.</P> <P>To tell us more, Saratoga PLAN Executive director Maria Trabka joins us with two farmers participating in the Feast of the Fields: Jan King of <A href="http://www.kingsransomfarm.com">Kings Ransom Farm </A>and King Brothers Dairy, and Joshua Rockwood of <A href="http://www.westwindacres.com">West Wind Acres</A>. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 73712 at http://wamc.org Saratoga PLAN’s Feast of the Fields Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper http://wamc.org/post/berkshire-grown-harvest-supper <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Summer is wrapping up, and the season is inching toward fall and harvest time. Which means - it is also time for the annual benefit for </span><a href="http://www.berkshiregrown.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Berkshire Grown</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Monday September </span>16th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at 6:30 pm at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.</span></p><p>The Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper features delicious dishes prepared by local Berkshire Grown member chefs using fresh ingredients from local farms. The evening also includes a silent auction and a drawing for shopping sprees and gift certificates to Berkshire Grown member stores and restaurants.</p><p>To tell us more – we welcome: Daire Rooney, Chef at <a href="http://www.alliumberkshires.com/">Allium Restaurant + Bar</a>; Ted Dobson, farmer at <a href="https://www.facebook.com/equinoxfarm">Equinox Farm</a>; Laura Meister, farmer at <a href="http://www.farmgirlfarm.com/">Farm Girl Farm</a>; and Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown.</p><p> Fri, 06 Sep 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 73029 at http://wamc.org Berkshire Grown Harvest Supper Liz Neumark, CEO And Founder of Great Performances http://wamc.org/post/liz-neumark-ceo-and-founder-great-performances <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.katchkiefarm.com/">Liz Neumark</a> is the CEO and Founder of Great Performances, rated Zagat's Top Catering Company in New York City. Originally intended as a staffing service for women in the arts, Great Performances has evolved into one of the nation's most recognized and trendsetting catering companies.</p><p>Liz's commitment to supporting sustainable agriculture and good earth practices led her to establish <a href="http://www.katchkiefarm.com/">Katchkie Farm</a>, her sixty-acre organic farm in upstate New York, in 2007 - as well as providing fresh produce for catering events.</p><p>She speaks with Alan about her new book, <em>Sylvia's Table: Fresh, Seasonal Recipes from Our Farm to Your Family</em>.</p><p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Alan Chartock 72024 at http://wamc.org Liz Neumark, CEO And Founder of Great Performances Farmers Question FDA Officials on Proposed Food Safety Rules http://wamc.org/post/farmers-question-fda-officials-proposed-food-safety-rules <p></p><p></p><p>Food and Drug Administration officials heard from hundreds of farmers from Vermont and New Hampshire during a listening session earlier this week on new food safety rules under consideration by the federal agency. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 72010 at http://wamc.org Farmers Question FDA Officials on Proposed Food Safety Rules Good start lets NY crops ward off drought in 2012 http://wamc.org/post/good-start-lets-ny-crops-ward-drought-2012 <p></p><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain in late summer and early fall of 2012 helped save crops in most of the state.</p><p>The USDA says production of grain corn, soybeans, wheat and oat crops all increased from the previous year. Soybeans were estimated at a record high 14.4 million bushels, 20 percent more than was harvested in 2011.</p><p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 13:04:10 +0000 Associated Press 55748 at http://wamc.org Good start lets NY crops ward off drought in 2012 "Buying the Farm" by Tom Fels http://wamc.org/post/buying-farm-tom-fels <p>Longtime North Bennington resident, museum curator and author Tom Fels is back telling farm stories, specifically about the Montague Farm. His new book is <em>Buying The Farm: Peace and War on a Sixties Commune</em>.</p><p>Fels is following up on the success of his book <em>Farm Friends</em> in which he told the story of the many of personalities of Montague Farm, a commune in western Massachusetts where he spent four years, from 1969 to 1973. His latest offering is a comprehensive history of that same cooperative from its inception to the present day.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 53608 at http://wamc.org "Buying the Farm" by Tom Fels Bet the Farm at Verdigris Tea http://wamc.org/post/bet-farm-verdigris-tea <p>In 2008, farmers grew enough to feed twice the world's population, yet more people starved than ever before—and most of them were farmers.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 16:45:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 51690 at http://wamc.org Bet the Farm at Verdigris Tea Expo To Benefit Working Horse Sanctuary Farm http://wamc.org/post/expo-benefit-working-horse-sanctuary-farm <p>An organic farm in western Massachusetts is the officially designated retirement place for the carriage horses of New York&rsquo;s Central Park.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.equiculture.org/">Blue Star Equiculture</a> of Palmer Massachusetts is participating in an <a href="http://www.equinewellnessexpo.com/">event</a> this weekend where people will have a chance to learn more about its unique mission to help working horses.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC&rsquo;s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Blue Star Equiculture&rsquo;s executive director, Pamela Rickenbach.</p> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:50:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 37573 at http://wamc.org Expo To Benefit Working Horse Sanctuary Farm