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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

With cooler weather, it is critical to think about putting your garden “to bed” for the winter. One ancient practice still incredibly useful to accomplish this is planting cover crops. Cover crops are planted when your normal garden or crop production is temporarily not occurring, such as th…

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

WNC Agricultural Options is now accepting grant applications from farmers diversifying or expanding their businesses. With funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, WNC AgOptions is distributing a total of $216,000 to Western North Carolina farmers in 2021. The application deadlin…

The Center for Environmental Farming Systems, EmPOWERing Mountain Food Systems Food and Farm Apprenticeship Program, is seeking highly motivated individuals from a variety of different backgrounds to participate in a hands-on work and study apprenticeship program.

Wednesday, September 09, 2020

As we head into the wonderful season of autumn, take time to notice the changes occurring in nature. The hummingbirds will leave on their annual migration, the leaves will begin to turn and a chill will arrive in the air.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020

Besides housing and transportation, the food we eat is often one of the biggest contributors to our impact on the earth. One of the best ways to reduce this impact is to source as much of your food locally and in season as possible.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Federation will offer five free online deer hunting and processing seminars from Sept. 14-18.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Soil is the source of many of the vitamins and minerals that your plants will uptake. If your plants are edible, then you’ll be able to enjoy and use these nutrients for your own health. It’s also important to consider the unique needs of your plants with respect to soil composition.

The Great Smoky Mountains Association last week announced the publication of “Singing Creek,” a fictional chapter book for young readers, ages 8 to 13, written by Morgan Simmons and illustrated by Don Wood.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Nancy “Seal Mom” East and Chris “Pacer” Ford are taking on the challenge of hiking the 900 miles of Great Smoky Mountains National Park trails this fall to raise $60,000 for Friends of the Smokies.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Parents and grandparents are now at home handling remote learning or at least some days when children will be at home “doing school.” There are also families who are homeschooling for the first time.

The southern Appalachian mountains are among the most precious resources in the United States. Sheltered above most of the country, and possessing a wide variety of unique environments, countless imperiled American plant and animal species find a home tucked away in the mountains.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020

The 2020-21 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest is now available online at www.eregulations.com/northcarolina. The regulations will be in effect through July 31, 2021.

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In most landscape settings, vines tend to be relegated into the “pull ASAP” department. This can be for good reason – tenacious and opportunistic vines can completely engulf trees, shrubs and garden beds if left unchecked for multiple years.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Many county fairs in the area have been canceled this year, for good reason. I am sure many community members are disappointed they do not get to share their crafting, baking and artistic efforts this year.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Regardless of the state of the economy, growing a plant is one of the best investments you can make.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020

During July, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is celebrating National Picnic Month with a new twist on a summer tradition, the Picnic for the Parkway event. Fans of the national park unit are invited to connect through this virtual fundraising event and host a picnic in support of the sceni…

A new survey commissioned by National 4‑H Council, and conducted by the Harris Poll, finds that seven in 10 teens are struggling with their mental health in the wake of COVID-19.

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When the going gets tough, the tough get better. Adversity breeds strength, character and resilience. These are common sayings, recited with the intent to help put a perspective on one’s current ailments and the positives that they can bring.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Many of the benefits of soil are easy to appreciate. It grows the plants we love to admire and consume and makes up most of the ground we walk on. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Every summer, groups of large green and black insects emerge from our soils with one intent – to mate. Their revelry can be heard from dusk until dawn, as each animal has bodies crafted into flying instruments used to attract mates and signal incoming danger.

Well, now it’s summer. The kids will all be home from school and it’s time to figure out what activities to do. Oh wait, the kids have been “home from school” for months now due to COVID-19 and now they don’t even have classwork to do. Wait, what’s a parent to do?

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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There are many reasons to watch your step in a garden. Most beds are usually teeming with fragile sprouts, tiny creatures and various tripping hazards, all of which would be best for you to avoid. But after a rain, especially in areas with heavy clay soils, walking through a garden could hav…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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When one imagines a bustling factory, the usual scene conjured in the mind is a spot-lit imposing building, with torrents of workers moving to and fro underneath clouds of particulates spewing into the skies. While this is certainly true of many man-made factories, the most prolific factorie…

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

It is common for poultry of the female persuasion to exhibit what is called “little bitty biddy envy.” Hens who are determined to be mothers exhibit these signs early, stealing eggs from rival hens, hoarding eggs beneath their bellies, stashing a “clutch” of eggs in hidey holes. When a hen g…

Summer is just around the corner and cattle producers will be managing flies, deworming and may even be considering other vaccinations as part of their herd management program. These things got me thinking about cattle handling facilities.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency in Jackson County is accepting applications for the Emergency Conservation Program to address damages from recent spring floods. ECP signup will end Monday, June 29.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020