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Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate

Museum of Appalachia Invites Families to Explore Year-Around

The spectacularly blue October sky stretched high above the green fields and weather-worn barns where people had gathered to celebrate the season.  Music sounded from the stage hung with a red, white and blue flag, as well as from a cantilever barn turned into another stage.  My daughters sought out ice cream and apple cider […]

Continue Reading By on October 20, 2015 in antique, Appalachia, education, families, family, farm
children planting seeds with teacher

Kids Day at Oak Ridge, Tennessee Farmers Market

“Where does your body get its energy?” “Batteries?” “Your body runs on food…” “Who knows where we get protein?” asked the guest at the front of the room. “Protein bars,” answered the anxious 3rd grader holding up his hand! “Well, that’s a processed food,” retired teacher Marjorie Ford answered patiently.  The East Tennessee farmer went […]

Continue Reading By on May 22, 2015 in agriculture, children, family, farm, food

Saturdays in the Garden 2015

Get my newsletter by signing up here! As a young professional working in the news business, I didn’t think I had time to garden.  So, on a summer trip home to see my folks, they sent me home with an entire paper bag loaded down with homegrown tomatoes.  Somehow they survived the trip in the […]

Continue Reading By on May 9, 2015 in agriculture, farm, garden, organic

Back to the Roots Restaurant Week for East Tennessee with Certified Naturally Grown

When you spend your hard-earned money to dine at a restaurant, do you savor ingredients from a giant can that traveled hundreds of miles via a food service company  or would you rather eat from a local farm?  East Tennesseans who prefer real, farm-fresh food have the chance to support the local food economy with […]

Continue Reading By on September 9, 2014 in agriculture, conscious consumerism, eating better, farm, farming, food

Green Goes Mainstream: Rodale Institute says Organic Agriculture Could Reverse Climate Change

World leaders, Fortune 500 executives and climate scientists are all discussing solutions to impending climate change chaos. They’re crunching numbers and exploring how new technology could help.  In our ongoing Green Goes Mainstream series, we hear from agriculture experts who’ve discovered that the solution to climate change could be right under our feet. Leading research […]

Continue Reading By on July 31, 2014 in agriculture, farm, farming, organic, pollinators, sustainable
garden spider on web suspended above kale plants

Saturdays in the Garden: Tiny Insect Inhabitants & Organic Care for the Ecosystem

Venture inside the organic garden gate and you’ll find a bustling world of tiny inhabitants.  These insects create an ecologically diverse community, giving to and receiving from various plants what each needs for survival.  Sure, an imbalance of pests can threaten a crop. That’s why integrated pest management is the ideal aim of organic gardeners. […]

Continue Reading By on May 31, 2014 in agriculture, environment, environmental health, family, farm, garden, gardening, organic, outdoor, parenting, pesticides, safer chemicals, toxic, wildlife

Organic Valley Farm Family Takes Pride in Pampered Dairy Herd

*The following is a sponsored post for Stonyfield Organic, in cooperation with Organic Valley. The evening sun was still a couple of hours away from setting when the cows lined up for their leisurely walk toward the milking parlor at Muddy Water Farms. The East Tennessee farm setting was mostly green pasture and overcast blue […]

Continue Reading By on April 23, 2014 in agriculture, family, farm, farming, food, green, non-GMO, organic, sustainable

Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Farmers vs Monsanto Food Fight

Family farmers and seed growers are disappointed in the United States Supreme Court’s decision to not hear landmark case Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v Monsanto.  The organic and non-GMO farmers feel their concerns about defending themselves from genetically modified organism crop contamination should be heard.  Their case also states concerns about the […]

Continue Reading By on January 16, 2014 in agriculture, farm, food, plants, seeds, Uncategorized