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Amy Halloran

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Preserving the Art of Canning Safely at Home

In 1943, 20 million households raised Victory Gardens, and all those vegetables weren’t eaten fresh.  Steel was directed to pressure-cooker production instead of munitions, and a massive effort was made to educate people in the skill of canning.  “Department stores ran films and displays on canning, society ladies enrolled in classes on it, home economists… Continue Reading

New York Aims to Strengthen Its Farm Economy

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced two state Senate confirmations, Darrel J. Aubertine as commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Kenneth Adams as president and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation (ESDC) and commissioner of the Department of Economic Development. Announcing the two events simultaneously was not coincidence, but part… Continue Reading

Healthy Soil for Healthy Vegetable Gardens

Interest in vegetable gardening is growing, thanks in part to rising food costs, ecological concerns and incidents of foodborne illness related to produce. Just how many backyards are becoming food gardens is hard to enumerate, but the American Community Gardening Association estimates there are now more than 18,000 community gardens in the United States and… Continue Reading

Getting Out the Word on the Hudson’s Fish

Polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, were first discovered in Hudson River fish in 1975.  General Electric had used the chemical mixtures in manufacturing capacitors at two upstate factories, and discharged approximately 1.1 million pounds of PCBs into the Hudson from 1947-1977. Contamination of the Hudson by these persistent, possibly carcinogenic compounds created the largest superfund site… Continue Reading

Maine Town Declares Food ‘Sovereignty’

Following the lead of Sedgwick, Maine to exempt itself from state and federal food safety regulations, three other towns in Hancock County are now poised to adopt similar “food sovereignty” measures.  Titled “The Ordinance to Protect the Health and Integrity of the Local Food System,” Sedgwick’s four-page document invokes the town’s right to self-governance, and… Continue Reading

Scientist’s Letter Raises Roundup Concerns

A veteran soil scientist wrote a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack warning of what he says is a newly identified pathogen linked to the herbicide Roundup that might be implicated in livestock fertility problems, as well as diseased corn and soybean crops.  Don Huber, plant pathologist and a professor emeritus from Purdue University,… Continue Reading

Oregon Bills Support Locally Grown Poultry

Supporters of small family farms and locally grown food in Oregon are backing three bills–the Farm Direct Bill, the Family Farm Act, and HB 2872–that address poultry processing.  (The matter is also covered in the omnibus Family Farm Act, HB 2222, which seeks to expand limits on raw milk production, among other provisions.) “In Oregon… Continue Reading