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You may already know about Cooking Up a Story, the Oregon-based website that features farmers, food activists, journalists, and other experts — on film. This week, just in time for Halloween, CUPS cooks up advice from a farmer about how to prepare fresh pumpkins for eating. Remember, jack-o-lantern pumpkins don't cut it; choose a Cinderella, sugar pie, or other cooking variety. After you watch, head over to Keri Fisher's [/articles/features/thegreatpumpkin "pumpkin piece on Culinate"] to investigate recipes that go beyond pie. [[html. <embed src="http://blip.tv/play/hK5wgajpMAI%2Em4v" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="390" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed> ]] Meanwhile, over on Chow, as part of its "Obsessives" series, Novella Carpenter, an [/articles/theculinateinterview/novellacarpenter "urban farmer" newpage=true] in Oakland, California, talks about raising goats — and much more — on her city lot. [[html. <object width='400' height='300'><param name='movie' value='http://www.cbs.com/e/S0oSWrRF9fnpC6PlUvZV9VRMLV44Jtq/chow/1/'></param><param name='allowFullScreen' value='true'></param><param name='allowScriptAccess' value='always'></param><param name='FlashVars' value='config=http://search.chow.com/config/canPlayer'></param><embed width='400' height='300' src='http://www.cbs.com/e/S0oSWrRF9fnpC6PlUvZV9VRMLV44Jtq/chow/1/' allowfullscreen='true' allowScriptAccess='always' type='application/x-shockwave-flash' FlashVars='config=http://search.chow.com/config/canPlayer'></embed></object> ]] Incidentally, if you're inspired to start an urban farm and think you'll start with chickens — "They're virtually no work," says Carpenter in the film's section for aspiring farmers — you might want read Kim Severson's latest piece in the New York Times_ about some of the unique challenges these animals present.