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  • Marketing is Not Just a Numbers Game

    Small Biz Survival
    Glenn Muske
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Photo (CC) by Nina Matthews, on FlickrAs a business owner, you probably have heard that customers will forget about your business unless you keep your name in front of them. And this thought is partially true. The need to stay visible is an important part of marketing Today, however, with social marketing, “more” is taken to new heights. Everyone is focused on 24/7 visibility and to have our marketing message go viral, as the Super Bowl Oreo tweet did in 2013. Small-business owners are encouraged to provide several tweets and posts each day. Thus, many business owners feel…
  • 40% of Rural Patients Stay at City Hospitals

    rural - Bing News
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    Many rural patients “bypass” rural hospitals and get admitted at urban facilities, a federal study shows. Rural from rural America who stay at rural hospitals tend to be older and on Medicare. They are also less likely to get medical procedures like ...
  • Support rural Indians

    rural - Yahoo News Search Results
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    This is with reference to the article “Rural India does not need loan waivers” by BS Suran and KU Viswanathan (July 31). Rural India means agriculture, the backbone of our economy. A suffering rur...
  • 40% of Rural Patients Stay at City Hospitals

    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural
    editor
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    Many rural patients “bypass” rural hospitals and get admitted at urban facilities, a federal study shows. Rural from rural America who stay at rural hospitals tend to be older and on Medicare. They are also less likely to get medical procedures like surgeries. SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2010 Age distribution of hospitalized rural residents, by hospital location: United States, 2010. More than half (51%) of rural patients admitted to rural hospitals were aged 65 or older. For rural patients who were admitted to urban hospitals, that figure was about a…
  • SNAP Benefits and Rural Households

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    Jon Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Jon Bailey on July 30, 2014 - 10:31amOur newest report looks at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by where people live. SNAP is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.Our report Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households makes the following findings based on federal Census Bureau data:The stereotype of SNAP/food stamp benefits (and other…
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    Small Biz Survival

  • Marketing is Not Just a Numbers Game

    Glenn Muske
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:54 am
    Photo (CC) by Nina Matthews, on FlickrAs a business owner, you probably have heard that customers will forget about your business unless you keep your name in front of them. And this thought is partially true. The need to stay visible is an important part of marketing Today, however, with social marketing, “more” is taken to new heights. Everyone is focused on 24/7 visibility and to have our marketing message go viral, as the Super Bowl Oreo tweet did in 2013. Small-business owners are encouraged to provide several tweets and posts each day. Thus, many business owners feel…
  • Redesign your downtown without breaking the budget

    Becky McCray
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Most small town downtowns could use some sprucing up. Different businesses have different styles from a bunch of different decades. None of the signs or facades match. Clashing is probably a better description than coordinating. What can you do to get updated designs without spending a ton on the project? Webster City, Iowa, is one of many towns that have partnered with university design students. In October 2013, 23 senior design students from Iowa State University (45 minutes away) went to Webster City. They were partnered up with local small businesses to help improve the brand image of…
  • 7 Strengths of Small Town Businesses #6: Innovative

    Becky McCray
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:14 pm
    7 Biggest Strengths of Local Shops And how you can build on them. Remember the 7 Weaknesses of Local Shops? They were crazy popular because they touched a nerve. I acknowledged that some of our local businesses really need to step up to earn business today. This series is the flip side of that idea. Small town stores have strengths, too. Our best local shops know a lot about customer service and community, and every business would be wise to learn from our strengths. Strength 1: Get to know you.  Strength 6: Innovative. The stereotype of sleepy small towns stuck in the past hides a simple…
  • Brag Basket is for sharing good news

    Becky McCray
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Photo by Carol on Flickr, of Spencers Farm Shop, Wickham Fruit Farm, Wickham St Pauls, Essex. The Brag Basket is open! This one is for July 25-27, 2014. Bring your good news to share with everyone. What can you do in the Brag Basket? introduce yourself share some great news from this week congratulate a friend applaud for each other confess your undying love for rural places How do you join in? Below this post is the comment section. Add your brag there. If you are reading this by email, just reply to the email with your brag. I’ll add it to the comments. Don’t like to brag? Just share…
  • You Just Gotta Ask!

    Glenn Muske
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:17 pm
    George JohnsonAnyone in business or thinking about going into business has a million questions. At least that was my experience and continue to hear it repeatedly from business owners. There are so many things that have to be done and so little time to do them. Plus you didn’t start your business to understand the complexities of taxes or to understand the best business structure for your situation or even to know were to go for consumable supplies or the best places to find employees. Adding to this dilemma, as a startup, you rarely have a lot of excess cash floating around where you…
 
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  • 40% of Rural Patients Stay at City Hospitals

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:38 am
    Many rural patients “bypass” rural hospitals and get admitted at urban facilities, a federal study shows. Rural from rural America who stay at rural hospitals tend to be older and on Medicare. They are also less likely to get medical procedures like ...
  • Belhaven's mayor marches to save rural hospitals

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:15 am
    She died in rural Hyde County on the Pamlico Sound. The Medevac helicopter had just arrived to airlift her to a hospital. Portia Gibbs was 48 years old. The thought of Gibbs’ death from a heart attack an hour after the helicopter was called makes ...
  • Miss. Inner-City, Rural Care Rising for Black Elders Despite Struggles

    30 Jul 2014 | 6:30 pm
    JACKSON, Miss.—Mississippi, along with the rest of the nation, is aging rapidly as the huge baby boomer generation, 78-million strong, surpass age 65. As they confront both their own health issues and those of their elderly parents, the demand is growing ...
  • Rural broadband: Slow, sluggish, not sweet at all - Curran

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Rural communities, frustrated by slow and unstable broadband, have been delivered a two fingered salute by Steven ‘Everything’s Sweet ’Joyce, Labour’s ICT spokesperson Clare Curran says. "Mr Joyce deliberately obfuscated and refused to answer ...
  • Rural hospital closures strand many in need

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    WASHINGTON — Only four days after the Pungo District Hospital in Belhaven closed its doors for good on July 1, Portia Gibbs suffered a heart attack in neighboring Hyde County, which has no doctors or hospitals. Residents of Hyde, a sprawling, rural ...
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  • Support rural Indians

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    This is with reference to the article “Rural India does not need loan waivers” by BS Suran and KU Viswanathan (July 31). Rural India means agriculture, the backbone of our economy. A suffering rur...
  • China promises to remove urban-rural registration divide

    30 Jul 2014 | 10:52 pm
    China is to scrap the distinction between its urban and rural household registration systems, it said, promising migrant workers greater social benefits as it pushes an urbanisation drive that has seen hundreds of millions of people move to cities. The country will implement a single household registration -- or "hukou" -- system, said the State Council, or cabinet. The hukou system has long ...
  • Panel: Improving rural education is key to helping poor communities

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    COLUMBIA - A better public education, particularly for South Carolina's poor, rural school districts, is a crucial avenue to transform communities that have been devastated by a changing economy, a panel of seven advocates said Wednesday at a University of South Carolina Law School event.
  • Panel: Improving rural education key to helping communities

    30 Jul 2014 | 4:56 pm
    COLUMBIA - A better public education, particularly for South Carolina's poor, rural school districts, is a crucial avenue to transform communities that have been devastated by a changing economy, a panel of seven advocates said at a University of South Carolina Law School event on Wednesday.
  • Urbanization of rural Africa associated with increased risk of heart disease and diabetes

    30 Jul 2014 | 11:01 am
    The increasing urbanization of rural areas in sub-Saharan Africa could lead to an explosion in incidences of heart disease and diabetes, according to a new study carried out in Uganda that found that even small changes towards more urban lifestyles was associated with increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
 
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    Daily Yonder - Keep It Rural

  • 40% of Rural Patients Stay at City Hospitals

    editor
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:41 am
    Many rural patients “bypass” rural hospitals and get admitted at urban facilities, a federal study shows. Rural from rural America who stay at rural hospitals tend to be older and on Medicare. They are also less likely to get medical procedures like surgeries. SOURCE: CDC/NCHS, National Hospital Discharge Survey, 2010 Age distribution of hospitalized rural residents, by hospital location: United States, 2010. More than half (51%) of rural patients admitted to rural hospitals were aged 65 or older. For rural patients who were admitted to urban hospitals, that figure was about a…
  • Speak Your Piece: 'Playing Indian'

    editor
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:49 am
    A senior staff member of the National Congress of American Indians cringes to remember his costume at his 21st birthday party. What will it take for the owner of the Washington, D.C., NFL team to have a similar epiphany over his team’s mascot? Photo by Confrontational Media Protests call for the Washington NFL teamto change it's name from the "R word." I’m a white guy who works in a city whose football team’s name is a racial slur. I was born and raised 10,000 miles from Washington, D.C., but the name of the local professional team still matters to me.When I…
  • Carolina Mills Cooperate to Rebuild Industry

    editor
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    In North Carolina, a network of textile proffesionals known as the Carolina Textile District has come together to help entrepreneurs navigate their way into the industry.  Photo by Dana Dillehunt Jamie Seuberling works in Ashton's Gibsonville, North Carolina, facility. In the rural Carolinas there is a growing movement for businesses to take another go at their core industries. Within the textile industry there is major buzz around brands looking to “re-shore” their production of goods to U.S. soil.  The Carolina Textile District is a network of mill…
  • Self-Employment Climbs, But Earnings Fall

    editor
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    The one bright spot in rural America’s small-business development in the last decade was in “nonemployer” businesses, what we typically know as self-employed workers. The bad news is that earnings in this category dropped dramatically over the last decade. Percent Change Nonemployers, Micro, and Small Businesses, 2002-2012 US Census Nonemployer Statistics Dataset; US Census County Business PatternsWhen small cities and rural communities talk about adding jobs, the conversation frequently turns to recruiting outside employers to set up shop locally and put people to work. But…
  • Roundup: Big State, Tiny Brew

    editor
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Rural microbrew • Efficient rural transportation • Saving endangered species • Coal miners duped out of benefits • Drought hitting hard in the west • USDA encouraging private rural investment • Mobile slaughter crews not as scary as they sound • Fighting over sales tax Photo via Big Bend Brewing Company Big Bend Brewing Company chose Alpine, Texas, as it's home base. Craft beer breweries are finding their niche in rural areas. Big Bend Brewing Company is based in Alpine, Texas - over 150 miles from any other town. The company found its foothold in…
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  • SNAP Benefits and Rural Households

    Jon Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Jon Bailey on July 30, 2014 - 10:31amOur newest report looks at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by where people live. SNAP is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.Our report Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households makes the following findings based on federal Census Bureau data:The stereotype of SNAP/food stamp benefits (and other…
  • Iowa Loses Solar Opportunity

    Lucas Nelsen
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    By Lucas Nelsen on July 28, 2014 - 4:32pmIn mid-July, the state of Iowa gave up a $1 million grant that would have helped the state take steps to become a national leader in solar power, just as it has with wind energy. The U.S. Department of Energy grant was aimed at analyzing state policies that affect solar energy, and assist them in removing barriers to expanding solar in the state.Losing this grant marks a lost opportunity for Iowa’s growing renewable energy portfolio, especially because the benefits that other renewable resources like wind energy bring to the state are clear. Iowa…
  • Eating Is Education

    Sarah Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    By Sarah Smith on July 28, 2014 - 7:46amFood culture in America is changing. In the book Lunch Wars, author Amy Kalafa describes her concern that her children were exposed to unhealthful school food. She investigated and then approached the superintendent of schools to share her findings.His response? “It was not the school district’s responsibility to feed the kids, just to educate them.” Citizens across the nation are speaking up with challenges to this statement.In Detroit, executive director of food services Betti Wiggins knows the impact real food has on the 55,000 mouths she…
  • Grazing, Stock Handling, and Water Management Featured

    Wyatt Fraas
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    By Wyatt Fraas on July 25, 2014 - 7:49amWant a chance to talk all things grazing? You can at the 14th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference!A major focus this year is stock handling, especially low-stress handling techniques and demonstrations. Other hot topics include water management on rangelands and mob grazing.The two-day conference features expert researchers and ranchers – a potent combination. It will be held August 12-13 at the Kearney Holiday Inn. Farmers and ranchers from several states will attend. You’ll be able to share ideas from across the region while meeting some experts on…
  • New Art Grant Celebrates a Lively Rural Culture in America

    Adele Phillips
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    By Adele Phillips on July 23, 2014 - 3:34amLast month we learned the Center for Rural Affairs received one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America this year. The grant supports creation of a public artwork in four neighboring towns in northeast Nebraska. A visiting artist will be on hand to help guide the projects. And in the autumn of 2015, we’ll celebrate the completed works with a grand tour!This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Center for Rural Affairs. We’re delighted to share the exciting news with you. Deploying the arts can transform communities. Receiving such generous…
 
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  • Social Media Breakfast in Grand Rapids – all about YouTube from a reliable and trusted source

    Ann Treacy
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    I happened to be in Grand Rapids on the right day this month. I was here for the Itasca Area Social Media Breakfast. Erika Kooda talked about the power of YouTube. There were about 20 people in attendance. The presenter had recently been to VidCon and was sharing the experience she had learned there as well as general information about working with video, especially on YouTube. It was great to hear from someone who is learning with the rest of crowd so it feel very accessible to get involved with her. People had good and basic questions. And the Erika understood that people were generally…
  • Connected Nation webinar on FCC Rural Broadband Experiments Wednesday, July 303:00pm ET

    Ann Treacy
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:11 am
    Sorry for the short notice – but at least if you sign up now you shouldn’t have time to forget before it begins! Please join Connected Nation for a webinar discussing FCC Rural Broadband Experiments Wednesday, July 30, 2014 3:00pm ET Presenters: Carol Mattey, Deputy Chief, FCC Wireline Competition Bureau Tom Koutsky, Chief Policy Counsel, Connected Nation Click here to Register On July 11, the FCC voted to approve a budget and application window for the Rural Broadband Experiments program allocating $100 million towards bringing broadband to rural areas without adequate service.
  • AmeriCorps CTEP Civic Engagement Presentations: Aug 1 in St Paul

    Ann Treacy
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    I know many people will not be able to attend, but for those who are interested… Please join us for the AmeriCorps CTEP Civic Engagement Presentations! Friday Aug 1, 2014 Presentations are from 9 to 11 AM at the Wilder Foundation http://spnn.org/blogs/201407/ctep-americorps-presents-civic-engagment-projects A preview of the presentation: When he got out of prison an ex-offender sent an email from South Minneapolis to his daughter in Florida for the first time; in downtown St. Paul a Somali-American junior high student won a tablet in a digital scavenger hunt and gave it to her…
  • MN Broadband Development Fund discussion in Baxter MN – is scalability an issue?

    Ann Treacy
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    Yesterday I attended the regional meeting in Baxter, MN to discuss the Broadband Fund. Diane Wells from the Office of Broadband Development spoke to 20-25 people about the upcoming opportunity for funding. The information shared was very similar to info from the webinar and other regional meeting – but I like to capture the questions and notes from each meeting Timeline: Late Sept 2014 – announce program details and open application process Application process will be open for 30 days Oct-Nov 2014 – 6 week application review process Challenge window – first two weeks of review…
  • The unintended consequences of technology on our brains

    Ann Treacy
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    This is a strange post for a blog that promotes broadband and technology, but I ran into an article in the Huffington Post that did all of the research that I’d like to do on the impact of technology on our brains and skills and who we are – 8 Ways Technology Makes You Stupid. OK they did half the research I’d like to do because I know there are some positive impacts of technology as well. Here’s their list in a nutshell: Tech is screwing up your sleep You’re easily distracted You can’t remember much So you’re relying on the Internet to remember things for you And you’re…
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  • Rising temperatures caused by climate change would slow corn and wheat yields, study finds

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Climate change could have a significant impact on corn and wheat yields, Brian Sullivan reports for Bloomberg News: "Rising temperatures caused by climate change increase the odds that corn and wheat yields will slow even as global demand for the crops for food and fuel increases in the next 10 to 20 years, according to a study published in Environmental Research Letters.""There is as much as a 10 percent chance the rate of corn yields will slow and a 5 percent probability for wheat because of human-caused climate change, said David Lobell, the associate director of the Center on Food…
  • The more EPA head pushes proposed water rules, the more she ends up offending rural folks

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Environmental Protection Agency head Gina McCarthy is on quest to promote, clarify and answer questions about proposed water rules to simplify federal water laws, a move that has not gone over well with many farmers, who believe the rules will expand EPA's jurisdiction. McCarthy was in Missouri earlier this month to explain and defend the rules, but she continues to meet resistance. The EPA chief has had a habit of rubbing rural folks the wrong way and didn't help her cause by inadvertently offending people with recent comments. (Getty Images by Mark Wilson)The trip to Missouri didn't go as…
  • Closure of rural schools leads to long bus rides and causes some nostalgia for 'the way it used to be'

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    "In the past few decades, rural school districts, especially those in the Midwest, Southwest and Deep South, have been folding their smaller schools into bigger ones, which are often many miles away," Nona Willis Aronowitz reports for NBC News. "These schools close because of shrinking state funding, low enrollment or simply a desire for efficiency—even as studies show small schools often have higher test scores, higher graduation rates and better student participation in extracurriculars." (NBC photo by Ackerman Gruber: Students celebrate graduating from elementary school in Cyprus, Minn.
  • Mostly suburban Dollar Tree buys Family Dollar, a staple of poor rural and urban areas

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    "The battle for America's poorest consumers intensified Monday with Dollar Tree's agreement to buy rival Family Dollar Stores for about $8.5 billion," Paul Ziobro and Shelly Banjo report for The Wall Street Journal. "The chains thrived during the recession as the number of working Americans living in poverty increased by nearly 40 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics." The two chains operate more than 13,000 stores nationwide. Dollar stores are staples in many rural areas, but while they all might appear to sell similar items, Dollar Tree and Family Dollars are vastly…
  • Expanding broadband to rural America will take a 'sustained focus' from Congress, Obama

    30 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    Although the effort to connect rural America to broadband is progressing, “it will take a sustained focus from Congress and the executive branch to ensure that rural residents have the same access to broadband as their urban and suburban counterparts," the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service told a House Agriculture subcommittee Tuesday, reports Agri-Pulse, a Washington newsletter. "John Padalino pointed to significant progress toward providing rural America with high-speed Internet access," Agri-Pulse writes. "He noted that under the 2009 American Recovery…
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    Rural Intelligence

  • W. Cornwall’s Covered Bridge Parties With A Paint-In -- Road Trips Section -- Excursions

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    By Kimberly Jordan Allen Some people know it as the Kissing Bridge. Others recognize it from its cameo in the opening scene of the 1967 film Valley of the Dolls. And for some Connecticut residents, it’s just the way they get to work each day. “Our family has been crossing this bridge for 150 years,” says Melissa Andrews of West Cornwall. She’s talking about the West Cornwall Covered Bridge, a New England landmark that celebrates a big birthday this year. On Saturday, July 26, local artists will mark the bridge’s 150th year with “Paint the Bridge Day.” Artists, professional and…
  • Time To Think About…Spring? -- Style Section -- Garden

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    The following is a regular column that addresses basic issues facing the ever-inquisitive back- and front-yard toiler, proffered by someone who knows best; one of the fertile master gardeners from the Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, Brian Cruey. Photos courtesy of the Berkshire Botanical Garden. The past couple weeks of rainy, humid weather have been great for my garden. Know what else it has been great for? My weeds. I feel like I can’t keep up. I start weeding at one end of the flowerbed and by the time I reach the other side it’s like I have to start all over again. Same…
  • Alchemy Initiative Leaves No Stein Empty At Arrowhead -- Parties © Openings Section -- Parties

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Amy Krzanik reports from Pittsfield. Alchemy Initiative sure knows how to pick a party spot, as evidenced by the choice of venues for its annual Empty Stein fundraiser. Last year, the Inn at Richmond hosted, and this year Herman Melville’s Arrowhead had the honors on Monday, July 21. Alchemy board members greeted guests and led them to tables laden with colorful steins, each with a beer ticket inside. The difficult part wasn’t drinking libations provided by Big Elm, Wandering Star and three homebrewers, or eating a fine spread of appetizers and On A Roll eggrolls, but in having to decide…
  • Theater: A Bear And A Rembrandt Walk Into A Room… -- Arts Section -- Theater

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Michael Burnet directs two charming one-acts for the inaugural season of Pythagoras Theatre Works. Photo: Jeremy D. Goodwin. By Jeremy D. Goodwin Do we need more theater here in the Rural Intelligence region? When you have access to the sort of talent that the brand-new Pythagoras Theatre Works does, and you can benefit from the vision of its very-clever founders, we say: bring it on. This newly hatched troupe is in the midst of a six-week run, performing a charming pair of one-act adaptations — from Edith Wharton’s short story “The Rembrandt” and Anton Chekhov’s play “The…
  • Recipe: Currant Syrup To Drink Or Spoon -- Food Section -- Recipes

    lisagreencreative@gmail.com
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:28 pm
    This week’s recipe is from Berkshire-based duo The Butcher & The Baker. The Butcher is Jake, a nose-to-tail butcher/artist, who loves to cook and grew up in the woody hills of Western Massachusetts where his passion for local, fresh food was first instilled in him. The Baker is Silka, a designer/crafter who loves to bake and grew up in rural Western New York where her parents are candlestick makers. Together they spend most of their time talking about, shopping for, making, and eating food. By sourcing locally and sustainably, and spending time with the producers of their food,…
 
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  • The Stars shined brightly in Walnut Grove

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:52 am
        Walnut Grove — For Laura Ingalls Wilder fans Walnut Grove was a mecca for fans from New York to California, and from North Dakota to Texas with many other states represented as well. ...
  • Stars bring lots of Lauras and Nellies to Walnut Grove

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
        walnut grove — Cindy and Amy Van Dorsten had their hands full Saturday afternoon at the Family Festival with 43 Lauras and nine Nellies showing up for the final Laura and Nellie Look-a-Like contest. ...
  • Fish Lake on Historic Registry

    26 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    The rustic-style buildings at the Fish Lake Guard Station have been recognized as representative examples of federal administrative architecture made with local, natural materials that blend with the surrounding landscape. Built by the U.S. Forest Service and Civilian Conservation Corps for the San...
  • Stars to shine at Walnut Grove

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
        Walnut Grove — The city of Walnut Grove will be the center of the universe this weekend when 11 celebrity cast members will appear for the cast reunion of Little House on the Prairie. The reunion will also coincide with the fortieth anniversary of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Mu...
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  • When hatchery and wild steelhead mix

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:57 am
    Hatchery steelhead spawners are unlikely to contribute measurably to the natural productivity of a mixed population of hatchery and wild fish unless natural spawner abundance is generally below carrying capacity, according to a new study....
  • Timber harvest on the rise

    26 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    In 2013, Oregon’s timber harvest rose to 4.2 billion board feet, marking four consecutive years of increase from the recession low of 2.72 billion board feet in 2009. “This was the first harvest above four billion board feet in seven years,” said ODF principal economist Brandon Kaetzel, “and repres...
 
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  • Goodbye, Skinny

    coozledad
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The chickens are older than us, and wiser to nature. But they’re also stupid. My dear friend Skinnerbox has gone to feed the Foxes. I will miss her because when I was drunk or hungover and I stretched myself out on a blanket in the garden while my wife dug potatoes, Skinnerbox would visit me and ask me to comb the mites from her wattles. I can’t describe the phenomenon of an intelligent chicken to a layman. She was both aggressive and loving, in a sort of sine wave pattern you had to watch for, or she’d make you bleed. When I was recovering from an arm injury, she’d jump in my lap and…
  • The hogs make their way to my hod.

    coozledad
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I have been watching our most recently donated pet push his weight in grass ahead of him today, and it’s all thanks to my fucking “humanity”. I had a fond hope we were done with pigs, but this world offers only oddly familiar surprises, and if you have had pigs, it seems your ass must only suffer more. It is because god is committed to fuck with his spawn we must contend with hogs and their enablers. You pork eaters started this shit and I blame you. If you’re going to eat these fuckers you really need to be more ravenous. Hike up your britches and comb the woods.
  • Here’s your punk pioneer.

    coozledad
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:27 pm
    He’s almost there. Not cutting yet.
  • Po-er-tree slam

    coozledad
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:16 am
    http://readinglifeobs.blogspot.com/2014/07/pat-mccrory-bypasses-nc-poet-laureate.html According to Pat McCrory, these are the pomes that clinched the lariat prize for the new cloudwatcher of North Carolina. Says McCrory, “Her pomes display a wealth of humanity that is only matched by her willingness to open her wallet. Sure, she talks about the scum in the cities and knocks ‘em down a peg or two, but in that respect, she’s giving a voice to my voiceless employers at Duke Energy, as well as the guys down at the Jiffy Lube.” When words are horses, turned to glue. FAME is…
  • Show us your tits, Swamp Tater

    coozledad
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    Straight out of the bastard heart of too hot, too stupid Louisiana, comes the fart-echo of segregationist rhetoric we’ve come to expect from its meandering weedy son, Swamp Tater Yarborough. He’s taken to the pages of The Roxboro Ragpicker’s Griftsheet Courier Times again to recommence his war against the NAACP, or as it will be referred to in the history books, every third issue of the paper until he got his ass whupped in the general election. Supplementing his strategy of reaching back to the good old days of the Night Riders and “the canker suppuration of…
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  • To Each Ending a Beginning

    Ayngel Boshemia
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:42 am
    Losing Kali-Ma was my last straw. It really was but every ending is also a new beginning.I tried to control it, just like everybody told me to, but it didn't work. My heart shattered so hard that everything came out. Everything. And it needed to be done.I held it in for two years, told myself that I could keep going no matter what. I counted my blessings, I watched my self talk, I tried to think positive but you know... sometimes you just have to go a little nuts to find yourself.What I found when I came out of that fog was some sort of clarity.I must go on. That much is clear, that is the…
  • If I Have to Keep my Dog on a Chain, I'm getting a New Dog

    Ayngel Boshemia
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:25 am
    A few days have passed... I still miss my girl, but I'm already looking at getting another dog. I know I can't replace Kali, nor could I replace Kaners, but that hole is still here. I have to Roo, I always have the Roo but she's getting old, and has never been the brightest dog anyhow. Sure, she can talk... but she also attacks pit bulls and tries to eat chunks of rawhide whole. She's a 15 pound dog who thinks she weighs 500 and she has been very, very lucky.So, I feel better having the two dogs. For peace of mind, for safety, for the affections. Awww... who are we kidding, the other things…
  • Wandering Off Into the Quiet Places

    Ayngel Boshemia
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:09 pm
    A friend of mine on Facebook sent me a link about her own experiences with being a recluse... I don't suppose that it had occurred to me that there were other people out there like me. I suppose I knew that they existed, like Grannysage said, we've all known someone who lived apart from society but we tend to think of them as living alone in the woods, in ramshackle cabins. Not being mothers, wives, and certainly not people who write books and appear in movies.Yet... Here I am.My tendency to seek out the quiet places has always troubled me. As a kid while the other kids were playing…
  • She was such a good girl... R.I.P. Kali-Ma

    Ayngel Boshemia
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Kali-Ma wearing her travel bowl as a collar...It all started with the harness. I always kept her on a running chain with a harness, as much as I hate chaining a dog we live on a busy street where few obey stop signs or speed limits. When Kane got hit 2 1/2 years ago, it was horrible but he survived. With two busted back legs, he survived another 2 years.I couldn't stand it again, especially when Kane hasn't even been gone a year yet. I preferred chaining her to losing her and always insisted a harness was safer for her.But she chewed through her harness than morning.She was a good dog, but…
  • Still alive...

    Ayngel Boshemia
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
    I had to take a leave of absence from my job. Yes, the job I loved so much. I've just been too tired to work. Crying constantly. Part of it is my blood pressure dropping again, which means my adrenals are getting worn out again, which means I have to find a way to destress my life and fast. So...On the writing front... I think I already told you but I've deleted a bunch of my old blogs. I've deleted my Facebook again. I still have my private one, but the public is quiet for now. I'm getting rid of all of that stuff that I just can't keep up with. I almost deleted my Twitter, but my…
 
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    A Citizen's Guide to Indiana

  • James Pethokoukis on Conservative Fears of Inflation

    Doug Masson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 pm
    James Pethokoukis, writing for “The Week,” has a column taking note of the fear of inflation among certain conservative lawmakers and thinkers which is seemingly resistant to data. As Ron Paul, the libertarian former GOP congressman and presidential candidate, said back in 2009: “More inflation is absolutely the wrong way to go. We’re taking a recession and trying to turn it into a depression. We’re going to see a real calamity.” Many GOP politicians have since echoed Paul’s prediction. But the Next Great Inflation never happened. The Consumer Price…
  • Conversion from Crop Production to CAFO is not a “Significant Change”

    Doug Masson
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    One good thing about blogging so long and doing thousands of posts is that, occasionally, you get something right. Back in March of 2005, I posted on Sen. Jackman’s legislation having to do with agricultural nuisance actions. At the time, I wrote: This amends a section of the code apparently designed to protect agricultural areas from nuisance suits when suburbia moves into the agricultural area. Under current law, an agricultural or industrial operation is not a nuisance if: 1) it has been in continuous operation for at least a year; 2) there is no significant change in the hours of…
  • Rise Above the Mark: Kokomo – July 17

    Doug Masson
    16 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    Back in December, I posted about attending the premiere of “Rise Above the Mark,” a documentary aimed at starting a discussion about the merits of privatization/voucher/charter movement on public schools: It is an effort spearheaded by the West Lafayette Schools Education Foundation — an organization associated with West Lafayette School Corporation but funded separately. WLCS superintendent, Rocky Killion has been instrumental in its development. The documentary, I think, has two primary goals: start a discussion that is focused on finding the best way to develop the children…
  • Seventh Circuit Orders Indiana to Recognize Marriages Solemnized by Secular Humanist Celebrants

    Doug Masson
    14 Jul 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Back in December 2012, I posted on a District Court decision that denied a constitutional challenge to Indiana’s marriage solemnization law (IC 31-11-6-1) brought by the Center for Inquiry seeking to require Indiana to recognize marriages solemnized by humanist secular celebrants. IC 31-11-6-1 provides that marriages may be solemnized by members of the clergy of a religious organization, judges, mayors, county and city clerks and clerk treasurers, the Friends Church, the German Baptists, the Bahai faith, the Mormons, and imams. At the time of the District Court decision, I wrote: I…
  • Abortions are down, but what about the unapproved sex?

    Doug Masson
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:08 am
    Mark Small at Civil Discourse Now has a post that discusses Colorado and its falling rates of teen pregnancy and abortion. The numbers and rates of unplanned teen pregnancies and teen abortions have dropped over the past several years. Colorado’s numbers and rates have fallen at a quicker pace than other States. In 2008, Colorado was ranked as having the 29th lowest teen birth rate. By 2012, Colorado was 19th. Part of Colorado’s success has been provision of free birth control, without necessity of parental consent, to teenagers. The Colorado Family Planning Initiative “has provided…
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  • July 13, 2014 – Getaway Day 3

    highhopesgardens
    13 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    Last day of mini-vacation before dropping Martin off for a week at Wolf Ridge camp in Finland (Minnesota). How much fun is it to jump across stones on a tumbling North Shore stream? Group shot on Shovel Point. A rare shot where father is the sharpest dressed in the group! Kid shot on Palisade Head. One more.
  • July 12, 2014 – Getaway Day 2

    highhopesgardens
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:45 pm
    We absolutely lucked out and got a great campsite at Split Rock State Park.  We happened to walk in just after a cancellation came in for one of the sites that you use a cart to haul all your stuff in, far away from other sites. The dining room was ok. But the view from the living room was spectacular, overlooking the lake and the lighthouse. We headed down the hill to explore the lakeshore. I’ve got the whole lighthouse in my hand… This is a rather unfortunate composition of me against the lighthouse – Minnesota’s most photographed place, perhaps has never quite had…
  • July 11, 2014 – Dad and Kid Getaway Day 1

    highhopesgardens
    11 Jul 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Heading North for a rare weekend with all three kids.  Might be the last time in a long time they are all together, except for a day before Claire leaves for Iceland.   Since we had some extra time, we stopped at one of those places we always drive by on the way up north, Moose Lake State Park Agate and and Geologic Center.  After ogling the agates in the display, it was time for some impromptu swimming. Martin decided it was time to try the experimental sand hair exfoliate. Next it was off to Jay Cooke State Park, just south of Duluth – another one of those drive-by parks that…
  • July 6, 2014 – Mother Nature’s Fireworks and Funnels, Oh My!

    highhopesgardens
    21 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Once again, dramatic skies in the neighborhood. Looking to the tornado-spawning clouds to the south before sunset. Same place as the sun set. This is the same tornado-spawning cloud as in the earlier picture. Clouds and the barn. Clouds and the hog barn.  This cloud made tornadoes by Tama. A view of the tornado near rock creek park in Jasper county. No wind here, and only a sprinkle of rain.
  • June 20, 2014 – Seems Like a Rerun

    highhopesgardens
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Every few days it seems a storm rolls through. This is looking east in the late afternoon, with some funky rays streaming up (or down?). The back pasture is lush (and mostly thistle-free). More passing clouds over the barn. This is the first year we’ve had deer problems – here’s one of them we scared out of the back pasture on on her way away somewhere else. A look across the fields to the west after the storm. Martin *was* building a tree fort in this grouping of basswoods when one of the three limbs of the just-started fort came down.
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  • SNAP Benefits and Rural Households

    Jon Bailey
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    By Jon Bailey on July 30, 2014 - 10:31amOur newest report looks at the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly known as food stamps) by where people live. SNAP is a program of the United States Department of Agriculture and offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families. SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net.Our report Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Rural Households makes the following findings based on federal Census Bureau data:The stereotype of SNAP/food stamp benefits (and other…
  • Iowa Loses Solar Opportunity

    Lucas Nelsen
    28 Jul 2014 | 2:32 pm
    By Lucas Nelsen on July 28, 2014 - 4:32pmIn mid-July, the state of Iowa gave up a $1 million grant that would have helped the state take steps to become a national leader in solar power, just as it has with wind energy. The U.S. Department of Energy grant was aimed at analyzing state policies that affect solar energy, and assist them in removing barriers to expanding solar in the state.Losing this grant marks a lost opportunity for Iowa’s growing renewable energy portfolio, especially because the benefits that other renewable resources like wind energy bring to the state are clear. Iowa…
  • Eating Is Education

    Sarah Smith
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:46 am
    By Sarah Smith on July 28, 2014 - 7:46amFood culture in America is changing. In the book Lunch Wars, author Amy Kalafa describes her concern that her children were exposed to unhealthful school food. She investigated and then approached the superintendent of schools to share her findings.His response? “It was not the school district’s responsibility to feed the kids, just to educate them.” Citizens across the nation are speaking up with challenges to this statement.In Detroit, executive director of food services Betti Wiggins knows the impact real food has on the 55,000 mouths she…
  • Grazing, Stock Handling, and Water Management Featured

    Wyatt Fraas
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:49 am
    By Wyatt Fraas on July 25, 2014 - 7:49amWant a chance to talk all things grazing? You can at the 14th annual Nebraska Grazing Conference!A major focus this year is stock handling, especially low-stress handling techniques and demonstrations. Other hot topics include water management on rangelands and mob grazing.The two-day conference features expert researchers and ranchers – a potent combination. It will be held August 12-13 at the Kearney Holiday Inn. Farmers and ranchers from several states will attend. You’ll be able to share ideas from across the region while meeting some experts on…
  • New Art Grant Celebrates a Lively Rural Culture in America

    Adele Phillips
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:34 am
    By Adele Phillips on July 23, 2014 - 3:34amLast month we learned the Center for Rural Affairs received one of 55 grants awarded by ArtPlace America this year. The grant supports creation of a public artwork in four neighboring towns in northeast Nebraska. A visiting artist will be on hand to help guide the projects. And in the autumn of 2015, we’ll celebrate the completed works with a grand tour!This is an unprecedented opportunity for the Center for Rural Affairs. We’re delighted to share the exciting news with you. Deploying the arts can transform communities. Receiving such generous…
 
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    The Appleton Blog

  • Recent Suggestions for Eating Out

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Friends of mine wanted to celebrate their wedding anniversary. Where to eat in Appleton? I recommended Carmella's, one of my favorites. They tried it and were delighted. A great selection. I'm also impressed with the healthy and flavorful men at the new SAP restaurant, just a few yards away from Carmella's. It also has a fun outdoor section for casual dining. Lots of great local ingredients and healthy items there. Fun place.My biggest recent surprise was a place I had studiously avoided: Golden Corral. Now that it has been remodeled and greatly upgraded, it's a surprising wow in terms of…
  • Dynamic Insights Comes to the Newly Remodeled Equtiable Reserve Association Building

    Jeff Lindsay
    26 Jul 2014 | 6:45 pm
    On July 16, I was fortunate to be able to attend an open house for the new high-powered consulting group, Dynamic Insights. This team of leading professionals in marketing, business development and consumer research are among the first clients in the newly remodeled Equitable Reserve Association building, a historic building in downtown Neenah, right next to the famous City Hall clock tower on Commercial Street.The developer of the building has a bold vision for preserving and enhancing downtown Neenah. It was a pleasure to meet him and learn of his passion for Neenah and his vision for the…
  • Crime Down in Appleton--And It Was Already Pretty Safe

    Jeff Lindsay
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:44 pm
    There have been a few highly publicized episodes of criminal behavior in the Fox Valley in the past year, but in spite of the media frenzy, crime statistics show that Appleton crime is down. That's great news in a community that is already quite a safe place to live. See the April 23, 2014 story at the Post-Crescent, one of the best small-town newspapers in the country.  Some of the statistics showing possible increased criminal activity are due to changes in definitions that now add previously "neglected" crimes like spitting and pushing. From my temporary perch in Shanghai, China, I…
  • Winter in Appleton

    Jeff Lindsay
    5 Feb 2014 | 6:32 pm
    In spite of an occasional polar vortex and bone-chilling temperatures, the Appleton area can be remarkable beautiful in the middle of winter. Just looking out into the backyard of a typical home reveals beauty in the snow. Or the snow and ice. Or the snow, ice, frost, and bitter cold, depending on your mood. To really enjoy Appleton, many people find that it helps a lot to take up winter sports like cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hockey, the mysterious sport of ice fishing, ice skating, or even curling. Appleton abounds in winter activities for the brave and properly dressed. Of course,…
  • The Great Grill & Sushi Buffet: Now Even More Sushi in Appleton!

    Jeff Lindsay
    14 Jan 2014 | 5:27 am
    One of the many changes I noticed when in Appleton in December was that the Old Country Buffer on the north side of the Fox River Mall was becoming The Great Buffet, or more specifically, The Great Grill & Sushi Buffet. Just a few days ago it officially opened, as reported by Maureen Wallenfang in her popular column, "The Buzz" in the Post-Crescent.  Haven't tried it yet, but my expectations are high.  There are now so many sushi options in Appleton. Far East, Koreana, Island Sushi, Osaka Grill, Great Buffet, Dong Po, and a few others. What is your favorite?
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    Great Plains Communications Blog

  • A Brand New Winner in Our Auto-Pay Contest

    GreatPlainsComm
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Congratulations to our newest winner, Denise Kalinski of McCook, NE. She won a $100 Visa Gift Card in our Auto-Pay & Paperless Billing Contest.  There have been more than a dozen winners since the contest started. To sign-up for this contest, simply sign-up for Auto-Pay or Paperless Billing Services.  If you are already enrolled, then you are already entered to win!  If your name is picked, you receive $100 per service for up to $200 in Visa Gift Cards. Auto-Pay allows you to set-up automatic billing for your Great Plains Communications’ account.  When you sign up for Auto-Pay,…
  • Hang Out With Us this August!

    GreatPlainsComm
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Chatty and the Great Plains Communications’ team will be hanging out around the state!  Chatty will be available to take pictures and hand out coloring books to the kids.  It’s going to be a fun time for all.   Here is a list of our upcoming events.   Saturday, August 2, 2014: Red Cloud Street Car Days Parade – Chatty will be here!  Events and activities include: car show, burnout contest, golf, 5k run/walk, parade, face painting & sidewalk chalk art, ice cream social, art exhibits, free swimming, bingo, bowling, horseshoe contest, kid’s fishing contest,…
  • Discover FXX

    GreatPlainsComm
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:44 pm
    As you probably know, we have added several new channels to our lineup.  One of the most exciting is FXX.  This network is part of the FOX collection of channels that includes FOX News, FOX Business, and FX. FXX launched in September of last year and has been very popular ever since.  It has become the home of many popular FX original series including Wilfred and It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia.  It also features syndicated favorites including Spin City and Parks and Recreation, dozens of movies each month, and it’s one of the best new channels around. Great Plains…
  • The Truth Behind Who Decides What Is On TV

    GreatPlainsComm
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    One of the benefits of this blog is that it allows our team at Great Plains Communications to give our customers a sneak behind the curtain of their favorite services.  It’s a way for us to answer questions more fully and to reach out to all of our customers. Recently, we’ve received many questions about programming decisions from various Cable networks.  Programming refers to the shows that air on a particular channel.  For example, The Bachelor, is part of ABC’s programming.  When a favorite new program gets canceled or a network changes its entire lineup, our customers often look…
  • Check out the DIY Network!

    GreatPlainsComm
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    Have you checked out DIY Network?  It’s from the makers of HGTV and Food Network,  and it’s the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. DIY Network’s programs and experts answer the most sought-after questions and offer creative projects for do-it-yourself enthusiasts. One of the fastest growing digital networks and currently in more than 56 million homes, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. In addition to Cable offerings, the network also have a fantastic website…
 
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    From Scratch Magazine

  • 4 Items NOT to Refrigerate

    Melissa
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:41 am
    It is so tempting to put all of our produce in the refrigerator. Isn’t the whole purpose of a refrigerator to preserve things and increase the shelf life of food? This is the case for many things but the four items listed below shouldn’t be stored in the fridge. 1. Tomatoes – Putting tomatoes in the fridge causes loss of flavor and texture. Keep them on the counter instead and eat them as soon as you can after picking. 2. Garlic – Refrigerating garlic causes the bulb to deteriorate and become moldy. Store in a garlic keeper or a mesh bag at room temperature and keep…
  • Freezing Corn

    Melissa
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Anyone else feel like being a homesteader during the summer is a race against the clock? Every day it seems we are trying to preserve each and every thing we can to last the rest of the year. This is on top of our already busy daily schedules. That is why I LOVE freezing corn. It is an easy way to preserve the freshness of summer corn all year long. Whether you grew your own corn or picked up a bushel at the farmers’ market – let’s get those ears in the freezer. First, you need to husk and trim each side of the ears, remove the silks and give the cobs a good wash . Get the…
  • Green Bean Bumper Crop

    Melissa
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Every single day when I head out to my little garden, I can’t help but feel like the old farmer settled on hundreds of acres in the middle of nowhere that would brag to his fellow farmers about his “bumper crop” of corn or squash or whatever it was he had growing that for whatever reason took off and supplied him with an overabundance of his prized plantings. When I looked up the term bumper, I was tickled to find that it originates from the 17th century and was used to describe a large glass of beer or wine that was filled to the brim. I can proudly say that I’m currently…
  • Buckeye Chickens – Heritage Jewels

    Melissa
    26 Jun 2014 | 6:17 am
    The Buckeye is the only American chicken breed developed solely by a woman, Mrs. Nettie Metcalf of Warren, Ohio.  In 1896, Mrs. Metcalf set out to produce a dual purpose breed that would thrive in Ohio’s bitterly cold winters, and she was very successful.   She bred Barred Rocks, Buff Cochins, and black-breasted Red Games to produce the first birds, and named them Buckeyes after their home state.   Besides their beautiful mahogany-red color (which Mrs. Metcalf described as a “garnet”) and friendly natures, Buckeyes are known for withstanding freezing weather conditions without…
  • April/May Issue 2014

    Melissa
    25 Jun 2014 | 11:21 am
    Click here to download a PDF of the April/May issue. The post April/May Issue 2014 appeared first on From Scratch Magazine.
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