Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition

The U.S. Farm Bill does more than fund agricultural programs.  It is also the source of money for the SNAP, or food stamp program, and is also the largest source of conservation funding in the federal budget. A coalition of groups from the Great Lakes region is calling on federal legislators to pass the Farm Bill.

Barbara Zheutlin, Berkshire Grown Executive Director, and Andrew Morehouse, Executive Director of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, join Ray in Studio A to talk about Berkshire Grown's Share the Bounty project and their 10th anniversary event - a lecture by the Nature Conservancy’s Frank Lowenstein titled “Climate Change and Local Agriculture,” followed by a party in honor of local farmers on Saturday, July 21, at 2:00pm at

A community of more than 5000 young farmers and activists, the Greenhorns are committed to producing and advocating for food grown with vision and respect for the earth. They are the subject of a film and new book, which will be presented as part of the Curiosity Forum in Cambridge, NY on Friday night. We learn more from Deb Foster and Luke Deikis.

The Washington County Fiber Tour is celebrating its 20th year this weekend. You can visit alpacas, rabbiits, goats, sheep and lambs, llamas, and more - on several farms in beautiful Washington County. We are joined by Sylvia Graham (Fiber Kingdom in Salem, a breeder of angora rabbits and small business owner), Judy Leon (alpaca farmer and fiber artist - her farm is called Alpacas of Haven Hill) and Karin Kennedy (a sheep farmer from Easton).

Vermont to Expand Farm to School Program

Apr 24, 2012

Vermont is planning to expand a program that connects schools to local farms.  WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Since 2006, the Vermont Farm to School program has provided nearly 50 Vermont schools with funding to get more nutritious food into cafeterias and nutrition and agriculture education into classrooms.

David Frazier is walking through the Robbins Garden, part  of the Westside Community Garden Initiative in Pittsfield. The garden which hasn’t been planted for the season yet, is sprouting a few perennials like onions and carrots.

Frazier is chairman of the Westside Garden Community subcommittee. This garden, which was opened in 2007 on a city-owned lot, provides underserved Pittsfield residents with fresh produce in the summer months.

With high temperatures around 80 last week, and lows below freezing the next, the abrupt changes in weather could have lead to irreversible changes in the area’s agriculture.

 The warm weather and little snowfall has shortened the maple sugaring season and set conditions right for brushfires. Frost has damaged fruit trees in this week’s return of overnight temperatures below freezing.

 John Vittori, owner of Hilltop Orchards in Lenox, Massachusetts, has said that because of the mild spring his apple trees budded about 5 weeks ahead of schedule.