Tuesday, December 29, 2009

This Week's Farm 2 Fork Show - December 29, 2009

Jack Kittredge of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farm Association and editor of The Natural Farmer) will be on the show to discuss the upcoming Food Safety Bill. He has worked as an organizer in anti-war, tenant, and community organizing in the midwest, Washington DC, and Massachusetts. He now lives in a passive solar house incorporating a root cellar and using only wood for our hot water, cooking and house heat.

In 2007, Kittredge started the Many Hands Sustainability Center, a certified organic farm  for learning and teaching sustainable living. Picture above, the Center is located in Barre, Massachusetts

Also on the show will be Claire Morenon of CISA (Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture). Claire is heading up a group of volunteers to launch Winter Fare, an event that will take place January 9 at Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School in Northampton from 10 am to 2 pm.

Local food from area farms, honey, maple syrup and soups will there for sale and for those interested in barter, a swap fest for canned goods. The Northampton Winter Fare is a spin off of the Greenfield Winter Fare which last year drew people from as far away as Connecticut and Vermont. This one will be a little closer to home for those who live in Hampshire and Hampden Counties.

Listen in tonight, on Farm 2 Fork from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30, streaming at Valley Free Radio. 

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Tonight on Farm 2 Fork Radio: Wild, wild western Mass.

Marlene Morin, horse woman and attorney has been riding on the Bean Farm for years and is well acquainted with the land. She will weigh in on the controversy surrounding the city's intent to purchase of the land and review her interpretation of the Conservation Preservation Act.

Molly Merritt, a employee and  co-owner of Valley Green Feast will be on the show to discuss the company's winter offerings (instant holiday meal of local foods, in a pretty basket) and the mechanics behind the worker-owned enterprise.

Hunter and culinary maestro Myron Becker will reveal his inspiration behind a widely distributed line of Asian and Wild Game sauces. It started when he was stationed in Yokohama Japan and his culinary education continued during visits to Nam, and ports in the Pacific Rim and South America. Now the results of his wanderings are consumed by Amherst College Students, people eating fast food in cars and wild game aficionados.

Tonight, on Farm 2 Fork. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30, streaming at Valley Free Radio. 

Photo of Marlboro Man appropriated from appropriation artist Richard Prince

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Bean Farm & the Fertile Floodplains of the Mill River

Hear about what the City of Northampton wants to do with this property tonight on Farm 2 Fork....6:30 p.m.

Photo provided by Grow Food Northampton, a self described as a grassroots citizens group of dedicated parents, farmers, soccer & baseball players, local historians, and life-long Northamptoners. 

Bean Farm: Broccoli or Boys Soccer? Farm 2 Fork Radio Tonight

The fate of the Bean Farm,
a 61-acre hunk of land in the middle of Northampton hangs in balance as we speak. Tonight on Farm 2 Fork Radio we will be speaking with Wayne Fieden, Director of the Office of Planning and Development.

Should the city buy the land?  Will we, as citizens, become a collection of farmers or will the land be used for athletic fields. If we become farmers, is the soil any good? If the land goes to athletic fields, is Northampton High School on board? Or should the city let the land go to developers? How much does 61 acres of prime real estate in one of the priciest communities in western Mass cost anyways?

Tune in tonight at 6:30 to find out. Farm 2 Fork airs on Valley Free Radio. Streaming is available at the station's website. For information about tonight's other guests, go to Farm 2 Fork radio website.