Plenty—The People, Practices, and Policies Behind the Menus and Beyond the Shopping Lists

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Plenty #11: No-till and Urban Ag at NOFA/Mass Winter Conference

Amazing no-till results, proof-of-concept urban agriculture, and learning "tracks" available for a curated conference experience ...
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Dakota Access Pipeline protest at the Sacred Stone Camp near Cannon Ball, North Dakota (photo by Tony Webster; Taken on August 25, 2016; ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Plenty #10: Raising the Stakes of Fossil Fuels at Standing Rock

The human stories connected to social movements are, almost  without exception, highly charged with emotion. Details about the violence and intimidation directed at protesters by corporations and law enforcement generate instantaneous, visceral reactions in people with any amount of compassion. The chronicles of the struggle of the Standing Rock Sioux, ...
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Plenty #9: Christopher Kimball Settles in on Milk Street

In Episode #9, Plenty talks with another icon of the food world, this time pioneer of the culinary airwaves, Christopher Kimball. The founder of Cook’s Illustrated magazine, and instantly recognizable host of the Emmy Award–winning  “America’s Test Kitchen” from 2001 through 2016, he is also the author of best-selling titles ...
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Plenty #8: Chef Power Hour — How to influence food policy

This episode of Plenty is unusual for the unique, unfiltered look it provides into one way  advocacy can result in changes to food policy. We sat in on the September "Chef Power Hour," a monthly meeting of the minds hosted by the Chefs Collaborative and heard some thought-provoking ideas on ...
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Plenty #7: Darra Goldstein Helps Ferment the Food Revolution with CURED

Thanks for joining us for another mouthwatering helping of Plenty, the farm and table podcast that examines the people, practices, and policies that affect what goes on behind the menu and beyond the shopping list. This episode? Number 7. "Darra Goldstein Helps Ferment the Food Revolution" with the brand new ...
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New England Farmers Union President Calls for Public to Speak up for Dairy Farms

Noonan Urges Citizens to Take Action to Protect Family Dairy Farmers in New England In a message shared by the Neighboring Food Co-op Association, Roger Noonan, president of the New England Farmers Union President explains the need for immediate action  to protect the region's family dairy farms ...
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"Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning" urges us to pay close attention to growing ecological panic and increasingly widespread governmental destabilization; image courtesy Penguin Random House

Timothy Snyder to Visit Williams to Discuss Links between Environment and Holocaust

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, will present a talk titled “Black Earth: The Ecological Politics of the Holocaust”­­­­­ as part of the year’s Confronting Climate Change Initiative at Williams College on Monday, Sept.19, at 7 p.m. in Griffin Hall, room 3. This event ...
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Plenty #6: Shining Some Light into the DARK Act with David Durfee and Dan Bensonoff

In this episode, we are very pleased to have, as guests on this show, General Manager of Wild Oats Market in Williamstown, Mass David Durfee. and Dan Bensonoff, Policy Director at the Northeast Organic Farming Association, Massachusetts (NOFA/Mass). We’ll be discussion legislation at the federal level that will determine how, ...
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Plenty # 5 — Sharing an Ocean Breeze with “Fresh Fish” author Jennifer Trainer Thompson

Whether you grew up on the shore or spent your life as a land lubber, Fresh Fish — A Fearless Guide to Grilling, Shucking, Searing, Poaching and Roasting Seafood will have you catching the scent of the beach on the wind ...
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Participants in Railroad City Youth Project's 2014-2015 culinary apprenticeship program; submitted photo.

Plenty # 4 — Railroad Street Youth Project’s Annual Culinary Arts Dinner

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Youth empowerment organization, Railroad Street Youth Project , serving young people in southern Berkshire County, is getting ready for dinner. Its much-anticipated Annual Culinary Arts Celebration will take place on Monday, December 7th at 5:30 p.m. at Crissey Farm. This evening is the culminating event for ...
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"Abundantia," by Peter Paul Rubens; public domain.

Essay: On Abundance and Envy

Peter Paul Rubens - Abundance (Abundantia) I cruised southward alone along a curving, coastal dream road in central Maine. I suppose it might have been on the North Shore. It might have been in the Maritimes, though never having been to that region of Canada, I wouldn’t know. The sky ...
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Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale, and author of "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning;" photo by Ine Gundersveen, courtesy timothysnyder.org

Plenty #3 — Timothy Snyder Warns of Next Genocide

Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning We spoke with Timothy Snyder about his recent work examining two necessary conditions for the Holocaust: disintegration of the state and ecological panic. The Yale history professor explains the connections between perceived resource scarcity, the dissolution of political order, and the assignment ...
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Plenty #2 — Berkshires Author Alana Chernila Launches “The Homemade Kitchen”

Practical guiding principles point to cooking and eating habits that make sense for families. Alana Chernila has been piecing together a philosophy about food at least as early as becoming a mom. Her first contacts with preparing meals, often with vegetables she helped raise, goes back to her own childhood ...
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Plenty #1 — Hard Cider Tasting at MASS MoCA

SIX Western Mass grower/fermentors offer their wares at the hard cider tasting in the Chalet 08/28 Don't miss the hard cider tasting at the Chalet at MASS MoCA on August 28 from 6:30–8:00 p.m. that features SIX local cider growers/fermentors. Bear Swamp Orchard, 
Carr’s Ciderhouse,
 Headwater Cider, Hilltop Orchards
, Newhall ...
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