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Green Thumb – Flowers of the Frost

Fall is often the forgotten gardening season. However, fall is one of the most beautiful of the seasons in nature and can be equally amazing in our home gardens. There exists a good selection of plants that do well in the fall and right up to the time when frost ...read more

Around the Farm – Gearing up for Meals on Wheels

This time of year is filled with bustling schedules. From back to school routines and filled up sporting schedules to the start of the fall harvest season, this is the time of year when it’s go, go, go time. So it only makes sense that with all this activity, on the ...read more

Stray Kernels – Pondering Plastic

I once stood on the shore of a Philippine island and gaped with dismay at hundreds of plastic bags washed ashore and bobbing gently in the waves. I remember that as I ponder the movement to ban single-use plastics. Grocery bags. Water bottles. Straws. If you pay attention for even a ...read more

Green Thumb – Beautiful Hibiscus

I need a bumper sticker with this phrase: “I brake for hibiscus.” I saw a plant last summer with flowers so big they looked like pink dinner plates hanging on a bush. Who could drive by without stopping to look? If you’ve never seen flowers this big, you might think it’s ...read more

Around the Farm – Critical Year for GDUs

Getting seed in the ground is only the beginning of the battle to growing a good crop. Farmers didn’t stand a chance against the monsoonariffic (yeah, I made it up) wrath of Mother Nature this spring. But now the looming thought that incessantly occupies farmers’ minds is weather – or ...read more

Stray Kernels – Hidden Objective

The graduate course syllabus for the Summer Ag Institute includes the following phrases within its Student Learning Objectives: “Recognize the importance of agriculture in our society…” “Collect relevant materials…” “Develop lesson opportunities…” “…integrate agriscience into existing curriculum.” The full objectives are comprised of many more words (86, to be exact), written in what I think ...read more

Green Thumb – Garden Warriors at Work

Before the high tech world of smartphones, iPads, Kindles and Play Stations, there was another world to explore. This fascinating place in which I grew up was called nature. Early in the morning, neighborhood kids would gather and prepare to explore the nearby fields, ponds and woods in search of interesting ...read more

Around the Farm – Our Front Porch

Maybe it’s part of getting older, but I seem to be extra sentimental these days. And summertime, well, it seems to be the perfect season to reflect on old memories and create new ones, too. Let me explain. I love our porch. LOVE it. But, I’ve got to say, our front porch ...read more

Stray Kernels – The Things We Treasure

When you receive a greeting card or note from a friend or relative, what do you do with it? Are you the kind of person who reads it, thanks the giver for the sentiment, and then discretely places it in the recycling bin within a day or so? Or are ...read more

Green Thumb – Tomato Trials & Tribulations

I like to grow different tomato varieties, but I also like to find the top of my kitchen counter at harvest time. That is why I usually grow just four plants. Last summer I had 17.  Some of them were candidates for the compost pile, like the four-pack of desiccated ‘Jet ...read more