Branch by branch, artist grafts a Tree of 40 Fruit

Aug 13, 2014
Sam Van Aken / courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art

Imagine dozens of different kinds of fruit all hanging from a single tree. It's the dream of a Syracuse artist, who is building such a tree, branch by branch.

Grafting fruit trees is a practice almost as old as fruit trees themselves. Mending branches from two different varieties of fruit is how we get hybrid fruit varieties.

Syracuse University art professor Sam Van Aken is taking the art of graft to another level.

In a make-shift tree nursery behind the school’s art building, Van Aken has been slowly grafting together what he's calling the Tree of 40 Fruit.

Picking the right fruits

Aug 10, 2014
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One of the perks of summer in New York state is the ability to purchase local fruit.  While every kind of fruit is healthier than most other foods, choosing certain kinds of fruit and preparing them the correct way can significantly increase their nutritional benefits.

This week on “Take Care,” Dr. Jo Robinson discusses which fruits are the healthiest and how to select and store them.  Robinson is a health writer and investigative journalist.  Her most recent book is “Eating on the Wild Side:  The Missing Link to Optimum Health.”

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Dr. Robinson.

Can it! Preserving summer's fresh fruits and vegetables

Jun 8, 2014

Berries, cucumbers and green beans oh my! If you love the freshness of summer produce, you might want to try canning fresh fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy them all year long. And now’s the time to start planning your canning project.

This week on “Take Care,” Amy Jeanroy, author of “Canning and Preserving for Dummies,” discusses the many ways beginning canners can get started.

Click 'Read More' to hear our interview with Amy Jeanroy.

This archived broadcast, Lessons From The January Thaw, is from January 22, 1988. John Weeks talks about what it is like when all the snow begins to melt. Weeks' friend describes the January thaw as, "this January thaw is great but still an ugly time." Weeks' says that there is usually a variety of food sources when the snowbanks melt such as fruits, twigs, and berries. Also, some plants may or may not survive due to the January thaw. The January thaw is also described as mud and grit everywhere and it can also reak havoc in some places.

Matt Richmond/Innovation Trail

Since 2006, honey bees have been abandoning seemingly healthy hives in large numbers, raising alarm among beekeepers, farmers and researchers. But, the industries that are dependent on honey bees are finding ways to manage the losses.

The Fruit of the Vine

Jan 25, 2013

John Weeks sits down for an interview with a grape grower to discuss the grape culture in the Finger Lakes Region of Central New York.

Matt Richmond / WSKG

The apple crop in New York is the second-largest in the country, behind only Washington State. Cherries, peaches, apricots and grapes are also big business in New York.