In the News Archive

3 Dec

Knowing your Onions in New York

BY P. SAINATH, The Hindu — "My onions are big, aren't they?" Chris Pawelski asked our group of visitors at his farm 60 miles from New York City. "Any idea why?"

Because of consumer demand, we wondered? Perhaps bigger bulbs caught the customer's eye better? "Nope," said Pawelski, a fourth-generation farmer whose family arrived from Poland in 1903 and has worked this land for over a century. "The size is set by the retail chain stores. They dictate almost everything."


4 Apr

Black Dirt Farmers Hit Pay Dirt; $10M in Federal Aid Expected

BY APRIL CAPOCHINO, Times Herald-Record — Pine Island — Orange County onion farmers are set to receive $10 million in federal assistance they've fought to obtain over the past six years.

"It's been a long time in coming," said Chris Pawelski, a farmer and spokesman for the Orange County Vegetable Growers Association. "This is outstanding for the onion community here."

The money will be used to support current onion producers in the Black Dirt region of Orange County, who have suffered losses to their onion crops during one or more of the 1996 through 2000 crop years.

4 Mar

Struggling Farmers Digging out of Debt

BY LISA FICKENSCHER, Crain's New York Business — Chris Pawelski may be the fourth generation of his family to grow vegetables in Orange County, N.Y., but he's far from a typical farmer.

He's an aspiring comic with college and graduate degrees in broadcasting and film studies; a political wonk who travels to Washington several times a year to advocate for farmers; an avid Facebook and Twitter user, firing off tweets on just about everything from being bored at "onion school" to musing about Tiger Woods.