Rich Schiafo on Food Recovery (Aired on January 27 and January 28, 2018)

Food Recovery in the Hudson Valley (Aired on January 27 & 28, 2018) Rich Schiafo of the Hudson Valley Regional Council returns to RadioRotary to tell the listeners about the national problem of food waste. Of the many astonishing statistics Mr. Schiafo discusses, perhaps the most alarming is that40% of all the food produced in the United States goes to waste, much of it landing in landfills where it contributes to the production of methane, a global-warming gas. Some of the food is left in the farmers’ fields, where it can be taken and used by gleaning—going through the field by hand and collecting the remaining food. Another waste is food that has been deemed imperfect or ugly in some way, but that is perfectly edible despite the flaws. Listeners will learn about the different interpretations of use-by or sell-by dates. There are many aspects to food recovery and prevention of food waste, with volunteers throughout the Hudson Valley making the effort to get otherwise disposable food into food pantries and shelters where it will be welcomed by the hungry.

Learn more:

Hudson Valley Regional Council
New York State Pollution Prevention Institute
Roundout Valley Growers
Imperfect Produce
The Ugly Fruit and Veg Campaign
Long Table Harvest

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February 17, 2018 · Posted in Environment, Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Volunteers  

Rotary International Convention In Atlanta Georgia Show # 7 (Aired on December 16th and 17th 2017)

Atlanta 2017 Rotary Convention, part 7 (Aired on December 16 & 17, 2017)
Continuing its broadcasts from the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta,
RadioRotary Co-Hosts Jonah Triebwasser and Sarah O’Conner interview representatives of several of the many exhibits featured at the Convention. “The One” Rotary Action Group presents an award of $100,000 to the International Humanitarian of the year along with $50,000 each to two runners-up, enabling these humanitarians to increase their work with the poor of the world. One effort to help the poor is Project Peanut Butter, which uses Rotary grants to manufacture and supply a specially formatted peanut butter that saves the lives of starving children, primarily in Africa. Another Rotary Action Group specializes in preventing blindness through improving maternal health, cataract surgery, and detection of macular degeneration. The “I Can Read” songs are taught to pre-school children, providing an easy way to learn reading easy, high-frequency words. Rotary volunteers staff the Wheelchair Foundation, which provides new and refurbished devices to give mobility to the disabled.
Learn more:
The One: International Humanitarian Award
Project Peanut Butter
Rotary Action Group for Blindness Prevention:
“I Can Read” Songs”
Wheelchair Foundation UK
Rotary Action Groups
Rotary Foundation Grant Programs

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Felicia DiNonno of The Clove Creek Dinner Theater in Fishkill New York (Aired on December 9th and 10th 2017)

Dinner Theater in Dutchess Country (Aired on December 9 and 10, 2017) Felicia DiNonno, founder of the Clove Creek Dinner Theater in Fishkill, NY, is the guest on this week’s RadioRotary program.

Dinner Theater provides an evening (or afternoon matinee) that begins with a full meal, which is followed by a full theatrical performance—you don’t eat or drink while you watch as in a nightclub or cabaret. There have been a number of dinner theaters in nearby countries, but none here until a couple of years ago Ms. DiNonno took a space in a mall in Fishkill and opened Clove Creek. It is very much a local attraction.
Clove Creek hires chefs trained at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park to prepare the four entrees from which a ticket-holder may choose. Local actors audition for all the parts in the comedies that are featured. To learn more, listen to the interview.
Learn more:
Clove Creek Dinner Theater
Dinner Theater History
National Dinner Theatre Association

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December 18, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Dutchess County, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

Mark Fredette of Sprout Creek Farm (Aired on October 28, 2017 and October 29, 2017)

Sprout Creek Farm (Aired on October 28 & 29, 2017)

Sprout Creek Farm is a 200-acre dairy farm 

started by two nuns who had begun to teach children and teenagers about farming and food at a farm in Greenwich, Connecticut. They were very lucky when the farm was donated to the Society of the Sacred Heart with the requirement that the land be used for education and that the farm be run as a nonprofit enterprise. In this RadioRotary interview, the farm’s Executive Director Mark Fredette, who is also the chef for the farm,describes the many educational programs run by the farm, including a sleepover camp, a day camp, and arrangements for schools to visit as field trips, often staying overnight. The farm’s cows and goats produce milk that is made into delicious cheeses that are sold locally and at the farm. The farm also sells many other farm products, including meat, eggs, and vegetables raised in the farm garden.   (Please click “Download” to hear broadcast).
Learn more:
Sprout Creek Farm
History of Sprout Creek Farm
Hudson Valley Farm-to-Table
Slow Food Hudson Valley


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November 1, 2017 · Posted in Education, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

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