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Author: Yufei Wu

Ma Ma Rella’s Fine Foods: Homemade Sauce in a Jar

What’s the difference between a food lover and a foodpreneur? Bernadette Rella knew the answer. A Food Network fanatic, the former stay-at-home mom would practice family recipes for her three kids and friends. They loved them. In 2007, Rella founded Ma Ma Rella’s Fine Foods, located at 4878 Clinton Rd in Whitesboro, N.Y. She stepped out as a foodpreneur. Rella chose marinara from her Italian heritage as the signature sauce of Ma Ma Rella’s Fine Foods. “People said, ‘Oh my God, this is so close to homemade,’ and I replied, ‘Because this is basically what it is,'” Rella said. “I really...

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Full Circle Feed: Sustainable Dog Treats

From trash to treats, Full Circle Feed has repurposed food leftovers to make dog cookies for your furry friends. Michael Amadori, a young entrepreneur in Syracuse, built Full Circle Feed from his master’s thesis for ecological engineering at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. The process made use of the food leftovers from the campus dining hall. “The fish were grown in an aquaponic system where the tank water provides nutrients, and it’s cleaned by a gravel bed growing vegetable crops,” Amadori said. The hybrid processing facility creates fish, vegetable crops and feed pellets, which developed as a...

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Promising Leader of the Green Party

She’s strong enough to challenge presidents, but the Green Party’s Ursula Rozum admits she doesn’t like taking on the boss role. Ironically, she’s running Howie Hawkins’ campaign for New York State governor. In her past, Rozum has held a sign to “Free Bradley Manning,” interrupting a speech by President Barack Obama, and she released a statement criticizing Bill Clinton. And yet she feels she can’t give orders. “I’m not really good at telling people what to do. I know what I want them to do or what they should do,” she pondered. “But we try to bring people into our campaign team, and...

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