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Tasty Guide to a Healthy Planet video series on ethical eating seeking Kickstarter support

Tasty Guide to a Healthy Planet is an online video series that seeks to raise awareness of sustainable foods. Or, rather, it will be, if it emerges successful from its Kickstarter campaign. >More
 Grab some agretti from Jones Valley Farms at the Dane County Farmers' Market

Agretti -- also called saltwort, Russian thistle, barilla plant, Salsola soda, or monk's beard -- is a succulent native to the Mediterranean. It is salt-tolerant, and normally grows in brackish water along the coastline. It was once the source of soda ash (sodium chloride) that was a key element to early glass-making. In fact, the clarity of the famous Venetian glass chandeliers was once attributed to this humble herb. >More
 Special dinners and sampling with northern Wisconsin forager Brett Laidlaw

I only know cookbook author and forager Brett Laidlaw from his recent Trout Caviar (which I picked as a favorite in my 2011 local book roundup), but he's coming to Madison Tuesday, June 11 to sign copies of his very useful and readable book and share some of his recipes, some made from his own foraged ingredients from the land he owns in northwest Wisconsin. >More
 Crandall's will replace Chautara on State Street

Longtime Madison eatery Crandall's is heading back downtown. After twenty years operating Crandall's as a takeout spot at 6401 University Ave., owner Ivan Pimental wants to have sit-down dining and broaden the menu. The new space at 334 State St. is currently home to Chautara. >More
 Brat und Brau headed to Madison's north side

The Brat und Brau, a familiar Madison restaurant that reopened last summer in Mazomanie, is returning to town. "It seemed like the majority of our customers were coming from Madison," says owner Patrick Hiebing of the move back to the city. >More
 It's not too late to join the Madison Sweet Potato Project and help the hungry

It's not too late to sign up to grow sweet potatoes for the inaugural year of the Madison Sweet Potato Project. A collaboration between Community Action Coalition for South Central Wisconsin), Slow Food Madison, Dane County Extension, Equinox Farm and the River Food Pantry, is helping volunteers grow an estimated 11,000 sweet potatoes this season. >More
 Barista Camp comes to Wisconsin

The Barista Guild of America is holding its 2013 Barista Camp over June 3-5 at the Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan. It will be the first time the national event is being held in Wisconsin. >More
 Beekeeping classes run throughout the summer and fall at Mad Urban Bees

Honey bees have had their worst year yet in 2013. Colony collapse disorder is ravaging the U.S. bee population, claiming 31.1% of the nation's pollinators. For large monoculture farms such as the almond industry in California, this means there are barely enough bees to truck in to pollinate the crop. The crisis should be serving as a wake-up call to the bee and agriculture industry. One bright spot locally is Mad Urban Bees and its ongoing beekeeping classes. >More
 Who's attending the Vernon Hershberger raw milk trial?

A line for the security checkpoint snaked down the stairs of the third-floor entrance of the Sauk County Courthouse room on Wednesday, where dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger is on trial for several violations surrounding operating a dairy and selling milk without the proper licenses, but what amounts to selling raw milk. >More
 Food freedom activists support raw milk and Vernon Hershberger in panel at Ringling Theatre

Why is Sauk County dairy farmer Vernon Hershberger on trial for selling raw milk from a facility that inspectors rated with an A grade? After a highly unusual armed raid on his farm in 2010? Speakers at a panel held Tuesday evening at the Al Ringling Theatre in Baraboo trained their gaze squarely on Big Dairy. >More
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