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BEYOND ORGANIC: TO CERTIFY OR NOT TO CERTIFY? For Boomtown Table

In the 1970s, each of the United States determined organic standards based on regional limitations and production practices. But the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 claimed too much variability existed across state lines, and by 2000, the USDA had developed standardized national organic certification standards. Now, disparities many consumers aren’t aware of exist among the quality of (and ethics behind) organic food available through farmers markets, directly from farms, and from big chain grocers. Fast forward a quarter of a century to 2017, and we’re left wondering who those labeling and certifying regulations protect: is it the consumers, local farmers and small businesses, or big organic corporations? And at what cost? The big question for everyone today is whether to certify or not – and why? Photo by Steve Carter, Social Strategist for Boomtown Table FOR FARMERS PRACTICING ABOVE AND BEYOND ORGANIC STANDARDS, THEY SAY LITTLE MOTIVATING INCENTIVE EXISTS FOR THEM TO CERTIFY – AND OUR INTERVIEWEES AGREED: IF ANYONE SHOULD BE UPHELD TO CERTIFICATION STANDARDS, IT IS THE FARMERS USING GMOS AND PESTICIDES IN THEIR GROWING.  …

Hive Survival via Boomtown Table

The honey bee is in trouble. While researchers & scientists offer mixed data, we know that the world’s largest class of insecticides, neonicotinoids – along with Nosema ceranae, a microbial fungus – are two (controllable) environmental variables largely responsible for what is referred to as colony collapse disorder. Currently, more than 150 U.S. crops depend on pollinators with a USDA estimated worth of more than $10 billion per year. Since colony collapse syndrome first hit over ten years ago, home beekeepers have popped up hives to do their socially conscious part in maintaining bee survival. I depend on these little creatures to pollinate the ‘farmacopia’ of medicinal foods and plants I suggest to my patients and consume for personal wellness. Without them, I’d be out of a job. Read my full story at Boomtown Table here.

Ugly Duck Coffee New Rochester Location Now Open & Our Interview Via Boomtown Table

THINK YOU’D BE MORE EXCITED TO GO TO WORK IF YOU COULD REFRESH YOUR SCENERY THROUGHOUT THE WEEK? That’s exactly what Rory Van Grol does. Last year, the former punk and hardcore vocalist traded the mic-in-hand for Ugly Duck Coffee, a roving, pop-up coffee bar that calls a different Rochester business home each day. We recently caught up with Van Grol to get the scoop on the upcoming opening of Ugly Duck’s brick and mortar shop, coffee traditions and what it means to grow a family-shared business in the Rochester community. Read Christine’s interview with Van Grol at Boomtown Table & tell him we sent you when you stop by the new location! While you’re at Boomtown, check out a visual tour of Ugly Duck’s soft opening. Post photo by Dan Gribbin Feature photo via Boomtown Table

Got Your Tickets For The 2016 Rochester Cocktail Revival Yet?

Rochester Cocktail Revival May 9-15, 2016 from Fish & Crown Creative on Vimeo. Countdown 6 days and events are selling out fast, got tickets to your favorite upcoming seminars and parties for the 2016 Rochester Cocktail Revival? While we think you should attend all of RCR’s events next week, definitely score tickets to our top picks! Stirred, Not Shaken Friday, May 13th, a new perspective is shown on the cocktails and art inspired by the James Bond series of films. Join Absolut vodka brand ambassador Josh Pearson and George Eastman curator Lisa Hostetler for a presentation and guided tour showcasing cocktails such as the vesper as well as the photographic works of Taryn Simon. Secrets of the Mint Julep & Sazerac Few cocktails are as important in American history as the Mint Julep and Sazerac. Join author Robert Moss at the Little Theatre on Sunday, May 15th as he dispels rumors and illustrates the legends that reveal the secretive origins of these inimitable drinks. Bar Room Battle Royale The third-annual ULTIMATE BATTLE for Rochester Bartender …

A Farm Grows In Rochester: Interview with Seedfolk City Farm for Boomtown Table

Lisa Barker didn’t grow up wondering where her next meal was coming from, but food security issues directly affect over 135,000 people — many of them youth — in the Rochester area. Seedfolk City Farm, where Barker serves as director, started as a response to food security with the mission to create sustainable, resourcefulness through food growing. Three years after it began, Seedfolk has transformed into a viable, multi-site urban farm across the city. I chat with Barker about what’s ahead for winter, Seedfolk’s latest endeavors aimed toward culinary career collaborations — and an exciting development in store for spring 2016. Read the interview at Boomtown Table.