Orange County Officials Seek Public Input On Ag Plan

Dec 8, 2013
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In New York, Orange County officials want to know what the public thinks about a new agriculture plan.

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On a September evening, Greg Garrison and his family are preparing to pick the last of their first harvest of hops at their farm in Ballston, New York. After pulling the load of bines off the back of a truck, the hops are loaded onto an angled table.

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The White House Rural Council has released a report that outlines the need for Congressional passage of the Farm Bill.

Feast of the Fields takes place this Thursday, September 19th, from 5:00 to 8:30 PM at Saratoga National Golf Club to benefit Saratoga PLAN.  

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.

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 Kings Ransom Farm and King Brothers Dairy, and Joshua Rockwood of West Wind Acres.

    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 Berkshire Grown on Monday September 16th at 6:30 pm at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA.

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.

To tell us more – we welcome: Daire Rooney, Chef at Allium Restaurant + Bar; Ted Dobson, farmer at Equinox Farm; Laura Meister, farmer at Farm Girl Farm; and Barbara Zheutlin, Executive Director of Berkshire Grown.

  When journalist Tracie McMillan saw foodies swooning over $9 organic tomatoes, she couldn’t help but wonder: What about the rest of us? Why do working Americans eat the way we do? And what can we do to change it? To find out, McMillan went undercover in three jobs that feed America, living and eating off her wages in each.

Her book is The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table.

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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.

    "Susan Werner [is] a clever songwriter and an engaging performer, [she] brings literacy and wit back to popular song." according to The New Yorker and the Chicago Tribune called her "One of the most innovative songwriters working today."

Her recent album, Hayseed, is a tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots.

She will be performing this Thursday night at Joe’s Pub in New York City and then will play on Friday and Saturday at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival in Hillsdale, NY.

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Incessant rain over the past few weeks has saturated farm fields and garden plots.


Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick visited a third generation family farm in western Massachusetts  to announce a new round of grants to help sustain farm operations across the commonwealth.

   Governor Patrick announced grants totaling $700,000 to 11 different farms including vegetable farms, livestock operations, a cranberry farm and a goat dairy.  The grants, ranging from $25,000 to $100,000, will be used for infrastructure improvements such as new greenhouses and barns or to purchase energy- efficient equipment.