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Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Assistant Editor at Food52

added over 2 years ago

What kind of fruit sprays can you use, while still remaining organic?

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added over 2 years ago

Do you name your animals? What sorts of relationships do you have with them?

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Leslie Stephens

Assistant Editor, Food52

added over 2 years ago

I have a friend who raises cattle for meat and he names each of them with fast food burger names, like "Big Mac" and "Whopper"

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added about 2 years ago

and I heard of a Chuck and Sir Loin

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Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Assistant Editor at Food52

added over 2 years ago

When's the best time to spray apples and are there any sprays that are considered organic?

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added over 2 years ago

I want to buy the most cruelty-free eggs possible when I go to the grocery store. What's the difference between just plain organic, cage-free, and free range?

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Leslie Stephens

Assistant Editor, Food52

added over 2 years ago

How has the juicing craze affected farmers? Is there a much higher demand for vegetables now (since one glass of juice uses up so many), are you able to keep up with the demand?

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Riddley Gemperlein-Schirm

Assistant Editor at Food52

added over 2 years ago

Are there any fruits/vegetables you wouldn't buy non-organic because of the pesticides?

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Leslie Stephens

Assistant Editor, Food52

added over 2 years ago

I've heard that crops like broccoli are very difficult to grow organically but celery is actually easier to grow organically in spite of issues with aphids with contemporary farming—is this true, and are there other crops that are nearly impossible to grow organic?

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Chops is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

Do you sell to Whole Foods?

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added over 2 years ago

What percentage of the food you eat comes from your farm, other farms in the area, and other local sources? What produce do you get elsewhere?

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Sarah Jampel

Sarah is Food52's senior staff writer & stylist.

added over 2 years ago

Besides shopping locally and eating seasonally, what can we, as consumers (especially NYC consumers), be doing to support local farms?

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Samantha Weiss Hills

Samantha is a freelance writer and editor.

added over 2 years ago

What sustainability initiatives does your farm employ? What's been the most useful/effective one? The least?

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added over 2 years ago

If you had 2 acres of good land and wanted to feed your family what would you do? (Family are omnivores and love pork. :D )

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added about 2 years ago

mike, i think LOCATION is critical for your question. Where/what growing zone for that 2 acres?

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added over 2 years ago

From organic to grass fed to heirloom and back again, the sheer volume (and occasional misuse) of marketing buzzwords can make it hard for a consumer to pick the "best" product for their bodies and the planet. In your mind, what are the three most important things for folks can do to be good stewards in the kitchen?

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added over 2 years ago

Why can't I buy more local produce in my supermarket? I don't always have time to make it to the farmers market and need more choice and flexibility than a CSA offers.

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added over 2 years ago

Are you satisfied with the selection of organically acceptable agricultural chemicals?
Do you use non-chemical methods like Integrated Pest Management (IPM) at your farm?
Do you feel your organic farming practices have resulted in better quality and safer produce?
Overall, do you feel that the extra resources necessary for organic certification (more labor, chemical costs, paperwork) have been a worthwhile improvement to your farm as a business?
Do you feel that the manufacturing side of the food industry is making enough contributions to the production and distribution of healthier, better tasting and/or safer food?

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added over 2 years ago

What is the average consumer's biggest blind spot? What are we not asking/caring enough about? And alternatively, what are we focusing on too much?

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Nancy

Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added over 2 years ago

This sounds similar to what I was going to ask.
1) What do we as consumers/purchasers do that drives farmers crazy?
2) what would farmers want us to do, that we are not doing?

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added over 2 years ago

What laws should be passed to help farmers in the U.S. and what are the best strategies for farmers with climate change becoming a problem? Are journalists and activists getting the farmer story correct? How should cities and farms connect? What's your feelings toward corn usage for cows?

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laurenlocally

Lauren is Food52's VP of Sales.

added over 2 years ago

We know you are up early, what do you have for breakfast?

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added over 2 years ago

Do you think it is ethical to sell at a higher price what you produce and thereby let local consumers need to buy products from further away? Will you use genetically engineered/gene spliced seeds/clones/animals and will you feed them to your own family?

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added over 2 years ago

i meant to say is it ethical to sell your produce/product out of the area and other countries at a higher price and thereby have people local to your area need to buy products produced further away, including other countries?

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added over 2 years ago

I was raised in a farming family and always wanted people to say thank you for the dedication you represent, especially up against BigAg. After the thank you, questions and a dialogue is always welcome.

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Jane Poretsky

Jane is an Account Executive at Food52

added over 2 years ago

How does someone start getting involved in the farming community while living in a city like New York? Besides shopping at the market...

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added over 2 years ago

For a small kitchen garden, is there a technique to planting crops such that the produce can be harvested in sequence to cover a menu over the entire season just picking what you need on a daily basis. (instead of having to harvest in bulk and having to freeze and store).

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added over 2 years ago

This would be for a vegetarian kitchen.

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glutenfreegirl

Shauna James Ahern is cooking up a good life, gluten-free. Her most recent book, Gluten-free Girl and the Chef was named one of the best Cookbooks of 2010 by the New York Times.

added over 2 years ago

What do you feel are some of the biggest misconceptions in the minds of Americans about agriculture today?

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added about 2 years ago

You asked, and now the answers are here from our trips to farms with the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance. The first of four installments is up today! https://food52.com/blog...

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Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added about 2 years ago

What vegetables would you only consume in organic form?

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added about 2 years ago

Check out the second installment today, here: https://food52.com/blog... Our Partnerships Editor Samantha Weiss-Hills visited Bear Valley Ranch in California to find out a little more about what it's really like to be a cattle rancher.

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added almost 2 years ago

You won't want to miss part 3, up this weekend, you'll meet a farmer who grows organic, conventional, and GMO crops: https://food52.com/blog...

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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added almost 2 years ago

Our final installment is up today, find out what it's like to spend a day on a dairy farm: https://food52.com/blog... Thank you all for your participation!

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