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Meet Your Farmers – Jennifer Ladd

February 6, 2013

Radio Brunch’s ‘Meet Your Farmers’ Series will help introduce you to Southeastern Massachusetts & Cape Cod farmers, you know, the people who grow your food. It’s time to get to know them and support your local farmers throughout the season.

Jennifer Ladd, Cape Cod Heirlooms Farm

They are a micro farm located in Sandwich, MA on the beautiful shores of Cape Cod growing all heirloom varieties!  At CCHF they farm without toxins or pesticides instead we find natural remedies to combat natures pests. They grow seasonal produce year round, and harvest local wild heritage fruits! AND truly care what you eat and are excited to be a part of community garden building, education and local, clean sustainable farming! Listen to the podcast to meet Jen!

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Eating in Season

January 27, 2013

Join Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN discuss what’s in season for January and February, as well as, her ‘Grocery Must Haves’ for this week. She shares her knowledge of plant-based foods and a recap of Jennifer Ladd, Jim Lough and her trip to the Mass Audobon Organic Food Series in Wellfleet this past week.

Discovering local food sources through every season, including winter, is a perfect way to sustain an understanding to where your food is coming from, support your local community and a sustainable lifestyle. Listen in.



The Blue Zones

September 24, 2012

Join Leslie Rathfon, a Registered Dietitian from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Dietetic Internship, share her knowledge about the Blue Zones, the healthiest places on earth!

Background from The Blue Zones:

By improving their lifestyle, people can look and feel better at every age and add 12 years to their life expectancy. Something called the Danish Twin Studies established that less than 25% of how long the average person lives is dictated by genes.  In other words, most of how long and how well you live is up to you.

So how can you live longer?  Does it involve diets? Supplements? Exercise programs? Should you be eating organic, free range chicken or tofu? And what about physical activity?  Should you be running marathons or doing yoga?

In 2004, Dan Buettner teamed up with National Geographic and hired the world’s best longevity researchers to identify pockets around the world where people lived measurably better.  In these Blue Zones they found that people reach age 100 at rates 10 times greater than in the United States.  They found the extra 10 years that we’re missing.

After identifying the world’s Blue Zones, Buettner and National Geographic took teams of scientists to each location to identify lifestyle characteristics that might explain longevity. They found that the lifestyles of all Blue Zones residents shared nine specific characteristics.  We call this list of characteristics the Power 9.


The Reducers & The Van Burens

June 24, 2012

A fun-loving and animated band, the Van Burens strive to make each concert experience unique. Whether hosting a bathrobe dance party, rocking a cruise ship on Boston Harbor, throwing a holiday show that puts Festivus to shame, or  simply rollicking through a set list full of surprises, the VBs make every night a time to remember.  The band – named after the eighth and greatest President of the United States, Martin Van Buren – began when a high school band reformed post-college and began gigging at bars and house parties, boasting an eclectic catalog of original music and covers and displaying a singular sense of humor.  Their first EP, issued in Fall 2009, brings the dance party to your eardrums; just a taste of an exciting, diverse live show.
The VB have played such big stages as Sullivan Hall, Canal Room, and Bitter End in NYC; The Middle East, Johnny D’s, Harper’s Ferry, and Copperfield’s in Boston; and various rooms throughout the greater northeast.   In the Spring of 2010 the Van Burens successfully brought their sound across the U.S. on their first-ever national tour, hitting venues in L.A., Chicago, San Diego, Atlanta, San Francisco, and many other cities.

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Community Supported Agriculture

May 2, 2012

A CSA gives consumers the option of sponsoring a farm’s harvest. This new supportive farming approach has been around since I was born, however many are still not aware of its existence. I, myself, did not discover it until about 5 years ago.

In a CSA, keyword being community, the growers and consumers provide mutual support in the production of food. Many farms would have an extremely difficult time covering costs of the farm operation without CSA members. Members are often referred to as “share-holders,” and typically pay upfront before the season begins. Although, many farms allow payment plans. Commitment to a CSA truly builds a more local agricultural system for your community. What’s another benefit? Well, I did forget to mention members receive the freshest produce a on a weekly basis. So, if you want to partner with a farm this year and receive more delicious and nutrient dense foods all season long, check out to find a CSA near you.



April 26, 2012

Green Tips for Earth Day 2012:

Jim Lough, organic farmer, will be filling in for Nicole. She is down at the EarthFest at Cape Cod Beer. Earth day is a great opportunity to engage in small change to improve your health and the environment. Whether you have a chronic illness or would like to prevent diabetes, heart disease or cancer, check out these green tips to support your overall health goals.


1. Buy locally made products.
2. Buy vegetables and fruits that are in season.
3. Ride a bike.
4. Walk, jog, or run.
5. Bring your own bags to the grocery store. Given a choice between plastic and paper, opt for paper.
6. Start compost in your back yard or on your rooftop.
7. Consider organic cleaning products like vinegar, borax, and baking soda.
8. Teach kids about the environment.
9. Reuse. Plastic food containers make good crayon and marker holders.
10. Learn about threats to ocean life and help Greenpeace take action:

11. Be a part of Green Schools
12. Pledge to Organic Farms are Everywhere!, the documentary


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Organic Farms are Everywhere!

February 28, 2012

Nicole and Jim are now home and are creating a documentary of their travels and the interviews with the farmers across the country. Their plan is to have a nationwide viewing of the film, “Organic Farms are Everywhere!” Until then, you can experience their travels and meet all the farmers at their blog, They will continue to raise awareness about organic farming with several speaking engagements regarding their trip this year.

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