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First Aired - 03/04/2012 01:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Straight, No Chaser, Katy Keiffer chats with Ben Flanner, Anastasia Cole Plakias, Chase Emmons & Michael Meier of Brooklyn Grange, a community oriented commercial organic farm located on New York City rooftops. Hear what the crew has been up to and what plans they have in store for the new rooftop farm at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Learn more about storm water management, beekeeping, seed saving and the educational components of the farm. This program was sponsored by Fairway Market.

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"We're living in a city who's sewer system was built well before a period of rapid development. With all these non-porous surfaces that have been added, there's a lot more water entering the sewer system. Now people are looking for creative ways to manage storm water, such as green roofs, and a farm like ours can store much more storm water than a normal green roof."

--Anastasia Cole Plakias of Brooklyn Grange

"In the new farm at the Navy Yard we will have between 20-30 beehives. Part of that project is genetic-oriented. In three years or so we hope to end up with New York City genetics, bees that are adapted to their environment. We want people to purchase bees from us, not just honey."

--Chase Emmons of Brooklyn Grange on Straight, No Chaser

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First Aired - 03/27/2014 01:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on The Farm Report, Erin speaks with David Haight from The American Farmland Trust about the Census of Agriculture. David tells us some of the most important statistics that the census gathers, and how this information can be so helpful to farmers across the country. This program has been sponsored by White Oak Pastures. Today's music provided by Obey City.

"We've lost 425,000 acres of farmland due to development in New York...about an acre a minute nationally." [11:50]

--David Haight on The Farm Report

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First Aired - 04/15/2012 12:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on The Main Course, Patrick Martins chats with Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, who tells listeners about all of the artisanal food and agricultural products coming out of the Old Dominion. Learn how their old world wines are turning heads globally and how an export mandate has helped spread products like peanuts and Virginia Ham across the nation and beyond. Find out what "Virginia's Finest" is all about and how farmland is being lost at an alarming rate. Learn more about the Virginia Department of Agriculture here. Later in the show, hear a state of the union on trucking in this country from Larry Boukal of Cannonball Express. This program was sponsored by S. Wallace Edwards & Sons.

"We're spending a lot of time promoting our wine industry. We're the fifth largest wine producer in the country right now. We're trying to get these old world style wines in the global marketplace."

"We're blessed with having millions of acres of farmland in Virginia, but studies show that 100,000 acres a year are lost to development. Once those acres are gone, they're gone."

--Todd Haymore, Virginia Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry

"I think taking the drivers off the road from 1-5am [is a bad idea]. It's the most efficient time for truckers to operate on the road."

--Larry Boukal of Cannonball Express

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