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Interview with Peter Henry from Consider Bardwell Farm – 11.19.15

Peter Henry is the sales and Marketing Manager for Consider Bardwell Farm, a three hundred acre dairy farm in West Pawlet, Vermont. Peter is responsible for running and staffing nine weekly farmers market stands, as well as the distribution of their artisanal cheeses throughout the country.

Consider Bardwell Farm is committed to sustainability and delicious raw milk, handcrafted cow and goat cheeses. Consider Bardwell was also a man, who founded Vermont’s first dairy coop along with a cheesemaking operation on the same spot in 1864. The farm chose to keep the name and continue the tradition!

Peter is also a veteran of Blue Hill in New York City, along with more restaurants than he cares to remember.

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Interview with Adam Weissman – 11.12.15

Adam Weissman, is an organizer with Global Justice for Animals and the Environment (GJAE), an organization addressing the threat posed by free trade agreements to animals; the environment; safe, ethical, and sustainable food; and the human rights of environmental defenders. He also represents GJAE in Trade Justice New York Metro, a coalition of organizations from diverse social movements working together to resist the NAFTA neoliberal free trade model.

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Interview with Dana Gunders, staff scientist at NRDC (Natural Resource Defense Council) – 11.05.15

I will be interviewing Dana Gunders, a Staff Scientist at the NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) and author of a new book called, Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook, where she shares her knowledge and many tips on ways to reduce ones food waste. Dana’s focus at the NRDC is on Food and Agriculture, especially when it comes to reducing food waste. She is the author of a widely distributed report “Wasted: How America is Losing Up to 40% of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill”. She also recently co-authored a report called, The Dating Game, revealing how confusing food dates lead to food waste in America. Her work on food waste has been featured by CNN, NBC, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and many other outlets. Please join me on Thursday, as Dana shares her expertise with us, and helps guide us on ways to reduce our food waste.

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Interview with Clara Lyle from Outstanding in the Field – 10.29.15

Today’s guest is Clara Lyle, the primary photographer and blog writer for Outstanding in the Field. Back in the summer of 1999, Jim Denevan came up with the idea of setting a long table on a farm and inviting the public to an open-air feast in celebration of the farmer and the gifts of the land. It would be a traveling …

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Interview with Lucy Marston, Field Vegetable and CSA Manager at Hawthorne Valley Farm – 10.22.15

Lucy Marston is the Field Vegetable and CSA Manager at Hawthorne Valley Farm – a 400-acre certified biodynamic farm in the Hudson Valley. She grows for a 300 member CSA, on site farm store and 5 weekly farmers markets in NYC. Lucy came to Hawthorne Valley Farm as an apprentice looking to learn how to farm and then moved up to manage their production vegetable operation, which she has been doing for the past 3 seasons. Before coming to production farming she worked in farm-based education in Connecticut and California.

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Interview with Jill Talve, Clinical Ayurveda Specialist and Pancha Karma specialist – 10.15.15

Jill Talve is a Clinical Ayurveda Specialist and Pancha Karma specialist. She is the owner/operator of EverVeda, an Ayurveda wellness Center in Oyster Bay, Long Island, NY. EverVeda offers Ayurvedic Consultations, healing therapies, custom herbal medicines, Pancha Karma, cooking classes and a Meals that Heal© program, prepared meals specifically designed for the individual wishing to optimize their health. She is also on the faculty of California College of Ayurveda and a certified Yoga Instructor.

Jill is determined to give the best Ayurvedic care possible to those she is given the privilege to see, combining the past, present and future of healing in all its forms.

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Interview with Heather Forest and Larry Foglia, founders of the Long Island Community Agriculture Network – 10.08.15

Heather Forest and Larry Foglia are two of the founders of The Long Island Community Agriculture Network and were instrumental in building the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station. They are co-owners of Fox Hollow Farm, a small family farm in Huntington Station where they managed a CSA for 100 families, conduct agricultural education programs, and have been engaged in vegetable farming for over 35 years.

Heather Forest, Ph.D., is a storyteller, author, musician, and organic vegetable farmer. Since 1975, she has been Executive Director of Story Arts Inc., a Huntington NY based, not-for-profit cultural arts organization that is dedicated to the art of storytelling and to its educational applications. She is one of the founders of LICAN, the Long Island Community Agricultural Network and co-owner of Fox Hollow Farm Inc. of Huntington Station, NY, an agricultural enterprise that includes a CSA serving 100 families and which offers educational programs focused on food equity, organic gardening, and farming skills. Heather holds a master’s degree in storytelling from East Tennessee State University and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.

Lawrence P. Foglia, M.S., is a farmer, natural resource consultant and environmental educator who, for the past 35 years, has worked to nurture, preserve and protect the natural world. As a Natural Resource Consultant he has been a project manager affiliated with both the Peconic and Nassau Land Trusts working to preserve and protect farms, farming and natural open space on Long Island. A founding member of LICAN, the Long Island Agriculture Network, he has been instrumental in helping to establish and build the Gateway Community Garden in Huntington Station, NY. He is founder and co-owner of Fox Hollow Farm Inc., a Huntington Station enterprise that provides land preservation consulting, has a CSA that serves 100 families, and offers educational programs on gardening and farming skills. He holds a master’s degree in Natural Resources from the Ohio State University.

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Interview with Maurice Segall, Pro Bono Partnership – 10.01.15

Maurice K. Segall, Director, New York and Fairfield County, CT, Program (New York Office), provides direct legal services to nonprofit groups, coordinates and supervises the work of staff and volunteer attorneys, and frequently lectures on legal issues for nonprofits and attorneys.
He was previously an associate at Cummings & Lockwood and Wofsey, Rosen, Kweskin and Kuriansky. He is a member of the Connecticut and New York Bar Associations, the Advisory Board for the Fairfield County Community Foundation Center for Nonprofit Excellence and serves on the risk management committee of Family and Children’s Agency. He has served on the Boards of several nonprofits including the Fairfield County Bar Foundation; the Wilton Library; Family and Children’s Agency, Inc; Connecticut Consortium for Law and Citizenship Education, Inc; Connecticut Legal Services, Inc; and Curtain Call, Inc.
Maurice is the founder and coordinator of the Fairfield County Bar Association High School Mock Trial Competition, now in its 26th year, and a recipient of the Liberty Bell Award from the Stamford/Norwalk Regional Bar for outstanding community service, the first practicing attorney ever to receive this honor.
Maurice is admitted to the bar in New York and Connecticut. He is a graduate of the University of Delaware and Albany Law School of Union University.

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Interview with Ashlen Busick, Kendra Kimbirauskas & Terry Spence of SRAP: Socially Responsible Agriculture Project – 09.24.15

Ashlen Busick- Community Organizer- ashlenb@sraproject.org

As the granddaughter of Terry Spence and neighbor to a massive hog operation, Ashlen has been immersed in the issues of factory farming from the age of 5. She joins the SRAP Team now, 20 years later, to lend her passion to the movement for sustainable agriculture.

Ashlen graduated with a BSBA from the University of Central Missouri and has worked as the Director of Fundraising and Development for the Central Missouri Christian Campus House. While in Warrensburg, she served alongside local non-profits as the secretary for Johnson County Cares and helped organize various community events for people in poverty and for environmental sustainability.

Her husband’s hire as the high school choir director for Trenton, Missouri brought her back to the northern part of the state and provided an avenue for her to join in her grandfather’s legacy of advocating for the small farmer.

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Interview with Robert E. Graham, Board Certified in Internal and Integrative Medicine – 09.17.15

Robert E. Graham is a Board Certified in Internal and Integrative Medicine. Dr. Graham received his medical degree from the School of Medicine at Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Lenox Hospital in New York City. Dr. Graham received a Master’s of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health while completing three additional fellowships in General Internal Medicine/Complementary and Integrative Medical Therapies at Harvard Medical School and Medical Education at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In March 2015, Dr. Graham presented a talk, “FAREWELLNESS: Back to Our Roots” at TedxManhattan where he described one doctor’s attempt to incorporate his roots in integrative and traditional medicine into our modern healthcare system with an emphasis on having greater respect for food, cooking, farming, meditation and their healing properties. Follow his work @FAREWELLNESS on Facebook and Twitter.