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Who will pick the grapes?
The Chronicle-Express, April 5, 2017

Local wineries have a significant and positive economic impact for Yates County. Their success or failure is largely dependent on one thing: the grapes. And caring for the grapes means relying on workers from Central America and Mexico. If Trump immigration policies cause these workers to disappear, who will tend the grapes? What will the impact be on the local economy?

Matt Kelly, boonieadjacent.comCitizen scientists can still protect this bumble bee
New Food Economy, November 16, 2016
Four ways to save our food system if bees disappear
New Food Economy, January 16, 2017

Protecting the rusty patched bumble bee as endangered is great news for a species teetering on the edge of extinction. But it also represents a much bigger issue: all sorts of bees are in trouble. And that may have serious implication for keeping food on our tables.

Matt Kelly, boonieadjacent.comNew York state is suffering from its worst drought in decades
New Food Economy, September 6, 2016

Drought. The word brings a common image to mind: dry, cracked earth and hot, cloudless skies. But that’s not the only way drought presents itself. It is a disaster of absence, uniquely challenging to monitor, measure and represent. Its presence can be invisible to the casual observer and yet it causes billions of dollars in damage and loss every year in the United States. Drought is – without a doubt – the most insidious natural disaster we face.


Plant wildflower, because bee lives matter (The Chronicle-Express, May 18, 2017)
Friend of foe? Be on the lookout for invasive insects (The Chronicle-Express, May 14, 2017)
Who will pick the grapes? (The Chronicle-Express, April 5, 2017)
Reed faces loud crowds at town halls (photos and video, with John Christensen, The Chronicle-Express, March 14, 2017)
Four ways to save our food system if bees disappear (New Food Economy, January 16, 2017)



What Exactly is Genetically Modified Food? (585 Magazine, November/December 2016)
Citizen scientists can still protect this bumble bee (New Food Economy, November 16, 2016)
New York state is suffering from its worst drought in decades (New Food Economy, Sept. 6, 2016)
Why the Wheat Nerds Matter (Boomtown Table, August 18, 2016)
Kayaks, canoes support FL Museum (The Chronicle-Express, August 12, 2016)
The Dilemma of the Kestrel (585 Magazine, July/August 2016)
Deeper Understanding: Healthy soil is the foundation – and goal – of everything we grow (585 Magazine, May/June 2016)
GMO Labeling in NYS: State Laws and the Right to Know (Boomtown Table, March 10, 2016)
GMO Labeling in NYS: The Cost to Consumers (Boomtown Table, March 9, 2016)
GMO Labeling in NYS: The Science of Safety (Boomtown Table, March 8, 2016)
GMO Labeling in NYS: An Introduction (Boomtown Table, March 7, 2016)
FFA keeps farmers in our future (The Chronicle-Express, February 25, 2016)
Cornell University’s Maz Lab Breeds New Crops (Boomtown Table, February 16, 2016)
Stitching for a reason (The Chronicle-Express, February 18, 2016)
Small Town News: Very Big Task (585 Magazine, January/February 2016)



Unconventional Klaas (Boomtown Table, December 7, 2015)
Meet This Third-Generation Farmer Who Converted His 1,400 Acres to Growing Organic Food (EcoWatch, December 27, 2015)
Rochester: Seed Center of the United States (585 Magazine, November/December 2015)
What is Farm-Level Food Waste? (NOFA-NY, Winter 2015)
Collect. Cook. Serve. (585 Magazine, September/October 2015)
The Hunt Family Farm (NOFA-NY, Fall 2015)
How Small World Food Supports Local Growers (NOFA-NY, Fall 2015)
Lively Run Dairy: Really Good Cheese (Edible Finger Lakes, Fall 2015)
Yogurt: New York’s Place in History? (Edible Finger Lakes, Fall 2015)
Morsels: New York Yogurt Taste Test (Edible Finger Lakes, Fall 2015)
The Other Garbage Plate (585 Magazine, July/August 2015)
Microbes are Your Friend (NOFA-NY, Summer 2015)
The New American Farmers (585 Magazine, May/June 2015)
Lorraine Hems: From Teetotaler to Trained Taster (Edible Finger Lakes, May/June 2015)
Sawmill Creek Vineyards: For the Love of Wine (Edible Finger Lakes, May/June 2015)
Fellenz Family Farm: Just Getting Started (Edible Finger Lakes, March/April 2015)
Farming for the Love of It (NOFA-NY, Spring 2015)
Morsels: Fruition Seeds (Edible Finger Lakes, March/April 2015)
“A Time to Die” (Post Magazine, January/February 2015)