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  

Kingston Italian Festival (Aired on September 30th, 2017 & October 1st 2017)

The Italian Festival in Kingston (Aired on September 30 and October 1,
2017)

Rotarian Tony Marmo (Highland Club) and Frank Faluotico visit RadioRotary to describe the Italian Festival in Kingston, NY, a fundraiser for Ulster County’s Italian American Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting and preserving the Italian heritage of the country. Both were among the founders of the 501(c)3 nonprofit group in June 2015. The Foundation is similar to a Rotary Club in that it primarily raises money to give back to the community, especially in scholarships for Italian-American high-school students to attend college. The Festival features many vendors purveying Italian foods to eat on the spot or to take home as well as other goods. There is Italian music from folk songs to opera (not to mention Sinatra songs) and dances, such as the famous tarantella. The Italian Signor and Signora of the year are presented. Held in the historic Roundout section of Kingston, the many local restaurants also participate in the event.

Learn more:
Ulster County Italian American Foundation
National Italian American Foundation
Highland Rotary Club

 

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October 28, 2017 · Posted in Arts & Letters, Events, Hudson Valley, Nutrition  

Lt. Col. Carole Voissey of The Salvation Army (Aired on April 29th 2017 and April 30th 2017)

“Soup, Soap, and Salvation” (Aired on April 29 and 30, 2017)
Peekskill Rotarian Lt. Colonel Carole Voisey tells Jonah Triebwasser and Kathy Kruger the story of the Salvation Army, its activities, and her involvement with it, starting with 6 generations in the Church on her father’s side and five on her mother’s. In Peekskill, the Salvation Army runs a soup kitchen, a food pantry, and a children’s after-school homework help program, while different arm of the Salvation Army runs the thrift store selling donated goods whose sales fund residential centers for rehabilitating alcoholics and addicts. Together, the branches of the Salvation Army fulfill a slogan of General William Booth, who founded the Church in 1895: “Soup, Soap, and Salvation. Lt. Colonel Voisey also tells her fascinating personal
story, starting as a Cadet and helping train officers in the Salvation Army in Russia and other parts of Eastern Europe, and outlines plans for a “battle of the bells,” which will pit individuals and service organization in raising money at holiday time.
Learn more:
Peekskill Salvation Army:
Peekskill Rotary
The Salvation Army in the United States
The Salvation Army International

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Sparrows Nest (Aired On April 22nd and April 23rd, 2017)

Sparrow’s Nest is Growing Fast (Aired on April 22 and 23, 2017)
Krista Jones returns to RadioRotary with exciting news about developments at Sparrow’s Nest, the charity that provides food to the families of persons who have cancer. Ms. Jones started the charity in 2009 when a good friend was dying of colon cancer, providing meals that Ms. Jones left at the doorstep; soon Ms. Jones learned of four other friends with cancer and began to cook for them as well. Seeing the need, she then formed Sparrow’s Nest with many volunteers helping in the mission. Today Sparrow’s Nest has moved from Ms. Jones’ kitchen to a professional kitchen and office in commercial space, feeding about 500 families—not just moms–in Dutchess and nearby counties. Drivers bring healthy food from the central kitchen in special coolers. Plans are underway to expand even farther, doubling the area covered and the number of families fed.
Learn more:
Sparrow’s Nest
Sparrow’s Nest Facebook Page

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April 24, 2017 · Posted in Hudson Valley, Nutrition, Service Organizations, Volunteers  

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