organic

How Can I Help My Existing Landscape Organically?

Mar 31, 2017

This is one in a series of three podcasts in which Jim talks about his recent winter trips to Cuba, where he shared ideas and techniques with organic farmers. In this episode, Jim talks about organic ways to treat your lawn and surrounding landscape.

This is one in a series of three podcasts in which Jim talks about his recent winter trips to Cuba, where he shared ideas and techniques with organic farmers. In this episode, Jim talks about the pros and cons of using organic products vs. easy-to-use chemicals.

Lessons Learned from Organic Farming in Cuba

Mar 31, 2017

This is one in a series of three podcasts in which Jim talks about his recent winter trips to Cuba, where he shared ideas and techniques with organic farmers. In this episode, he talks about specific organic practices we can incorporate into our own gardening activities here in the U.S.

This week: Heroin addiction, organic foods and more

Apr 1, 2016

Finding a treatment program and overcoming an addition to heroin or another opioid is difficult but not impossible, says Dr. Ross Sullivan. Sullivan is director of medical toxicology at Upstate Medical University.

Sullivan tells how the effort to control pain medically helped create the current addiction crisis. Recent restrictions on prescription drugs have led to a flood of cheap heroin to fill the gap, he says, and current treatment options are inadequate to fight the high addiction rates.

The bug-eat-bug world of organic gardening

May 4, 2014
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Good night, don’t let the pest bugs bite… your plants, that is. Pests can be one problem affecting gardens, but it’s not the only thing to look out for, especially when it comes to organic gardening.

This week on Take Care, Amy Jeanroy talks about the basics of organic gardening. Jeanroy is a gardening expert, and covers herb gardening for the how-to website About.com. She’s the author of Canning and Preserving for Dummies, now in its second edition.

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

Wegmans takes a stance on genetically modified food

Apr 21, 2014
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Upstate New York grocery store chain Wegmans has come out and said federal food regulators should develop standards and labeling practices for foods that contain genetically modified ingredients.

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With vegetables readily available at any grocery store, one may forget that growing them at home is even an option. While growing plants from seed takes more time and effort than just buying them, one expert believes that not only is it worth it, but it’s actually easier to do than people may think.

This week on Take Care, Amy Jeanroy talks about the basics of growing plants from seed. Jeanroy, an expert herb gardener and contributor to About.com, has written many books on the subject, including Canning and Preserving for Dummies, 2nd edition.

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

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For farmers in upstate New York, going organic isn’t easy. But one farmer who’s made the switch is happy that the new Farm Bill will make it easier to transition from traditional to organic farming in the future.

Ben Simons has been a dairy farmer in Remsen for two decades. Two years ago, he decided to convert his operation over to an organic dairy.

"Because I did not want to expand my dairy anymore," Simons says. "It was very difficult to stay a small family farm and compete with conventional milk.”