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Hungry for a Better School Lunch? Pick Up the Phone


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By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson While school is in session — and, in some places, through summer vacation, too — about one-third of the energy a child takes in during the day should come from the lunch he or she eats at school. And the food that provides that energy shouldn’t be all starch and fat.  […]

Mark Your Calendar for Spring!


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by Daphne Bishop It may not be spring yet, but 1000 Radishes are about to sprout up, and with them potentially far-reaching ways to connect local growers with the people who crave their wares. You may recall, we told you about 1000 Radishes last summer. It’s a high-tech way to find what’s in season, connect […]

Sustaining Agriculture: One HAPPYBABY at a Time


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By Daphne Bishop As the old song says, “You must have been a beautiful baby.” But how does a baby stay beautiful and grow healthy and strong if all she eats are heavily processed commercial foods. That was the challenge facing Shazi Visram, CEO and founder of HAPPYBABY, a company in Brooklyn, New York that […]

Eat Your Vegetables!


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By Daphne Bishop Did you ever think that mom’s admonition to “Eat your vegetables!” would not only shape national policy, but forge culinary partnerships between children, farmers and chefs to revolutionize the way we eat? Sam Kass is the chef who cooks for the Obama family with an eye towards uniting healthier menus and the […]

EPA says Senate bill on climate change would help farmers more than initial studies showed


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By Al Cross New Environmental Protection Agency analysis shows higher and more widespread income potential for agriculture from climate-change legislation. Farmers could receive $1.2 billion of initial income benefits from the Senate bill and potentially $18 billion over time, Ken Anderson of Brownfield reports. The analysis, conducted by researchers from the Nicholas Institute for Environmental […]

Help Farm to School Win $10,000: It Won’t Cost You a Dime!


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By Daphne Bishop Quicker than you can say “real butter,” you can help the National Farm to School Network win $10,000 to keep feeding school kids with fresh, local produce. All you have to do is click a button. That’s right. Click and vote for Jen Yu, one of twelve food bloggers competing for $10,000 […]

Rural-Urban Partnerships at Work and Play


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By Debra Kozikowski Something special is happening in Holyoke, Massachusetts. The Sisters of Providence, a religious community with deep roots in the city of Holyoke, Massachusetts, donated land in June of this year to The Trustees of Reservations.  Today, a ceremony will take place to dedicate The Land of Providence, a 25 acre parcel of farm and […]

Get Hooked on CSF


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By Adrianna Natsoulas You’ve heard about Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), where consumer pay for farm shares of produce at the beginning if the season and receive baskets of the harvest as the crops come in. Well the coastal counterpart to the CSA is Cape Ann Fresh Catch (CAFC), the first Boston-area Community Supported Fishery (CSF) […]

Stressed Out by the Health Care Debate?


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by Debra Kozikowski Here’s a good one.  CNN radio reports, among other bad news, that the health care reform debate could be making us sick.  Adding another layer of stress to a stressful time, what with an uncertain economy marked by job losses, high prices at the pump and a shaky Wall Street, there is added tension in […]

An Oasis in Motown’s ‘Food Desert’


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By Matt L. Barron For most of us with working vehicles, a weekly trip to a favorite roadside stand for some fresh-picked sweet corn and vine-ripened tomatoes is part of the summer routine. But what if you live in one of America’s big cities, far from a local farm? Even the best public transportation systems […]


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