New England News
12:52 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Direct Sales Boost Massachusetts Farms

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The latest USDA agriculture census data for Massachusetts, released earlier this month, shows farmers weathered the Great Recession as total agricultural sales held steady.  Direct sales to consumers jumped 14 percent between 2007 and 2012.  The growth in direct sales by local farms in western Massachusetts during the five year period mirrored the statewide increase.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke about the report with Philip Korman, executive director of Communities Involved in Sustaining Agriculture.

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New England News
4:48 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Community Discussion Focuses On Providing Healthy Food To Northern Berkshires

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A state-funded wellness initiative in the Northern Berkshires is holding a community discussion on addressing the region’s nutritional challenges.

The North Berkshire chapter of Mass In Motion, a state-funded program that encourages health-conscious lifestyles through exercise, nutrition, and community involvement, is holding a community-wide event that will focus on connecting residents to fresh and healthy food.

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New England News
6:20 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Grant Supports Food Hub Initiative

The USDA is helping fund an effort to get products from local farms into the kitchens of large institutions in the region, such as colleges and hospitals.  Officials say the demand for food from closer to home continues to grow, but the infrastructure to supply it has not kept up.  WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports

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The Roundtable
10:10 am
Thu August 9, 2012

"The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals"

We welcome Jenny Brown from the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary back to the show and talk about her new book, The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals.