"Farm to Fork: The Pioneer Valley's Local Food and Agriculture Show"

According to Amanda Cather, who was writing for NOFA, the radio program "Farm to Fork," heard every other Tuesday evening from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Valley Free Radio, 103.3 FM WXOJ-LP Northampton, could be called the Slow Food of radio. This isn't a program of 30-second sound ‘snacks' or the audio equivalent of pizza to go. It's a show that requires you to pull up a chair, settle in, and prepare to savor it in its entirety.

Tune in as we dig into the rich agricultural heritage of the Pioneer Valley. Lively interviews with local farmers, chefs, politicians, and activitists reveal what's in season, where to find it, how to prepare it, and how it's healthy for you and the earth. Call in with questions, comments, and ideas for future guests (584-1160). This is your Valley - help grow it!

‘Farm to Fork' was originally the brainchild of Madeleine Charney, who previously was a librarian at the New England Small Farm Institute in Belchertown, and now is a reference librarian at UMass with a subject specialty in land use and sustainability. She responded to a VFR flyer requesting new programming with a proposal for a show about local food and its connections with local agriculture. "Basically, a year later they called me up and said ‘Are you ready to do that show?'" says Charney. Charney was. She put together a distinguished team of co-hosts, including Ryan Voiland, farmer at Red Fire Farm in Granby, and Kelly Coleman, Program Coordinator at Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture in South Deerfield. Only Coleman had direct experience producing a radio show prior to ‘Farm to Fork'. "I knew nothing about radio," says Charney, but with a little technical training from Valley Free Radio, the program went on the air.

In my mind, the Valley has been the better for it.

-Dan Finn