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Christian Mission Brings Farmers and Residents Together

Rainy Saturdy Morning at Brainerd Farmers’ Market Just across the street from a typical grocery store and strip mall, in a modest Chattanooga, Tennessee neighborhood, the parking lot is bustling with people at the Brainerd Farmers’ Market.  A rain shower has scattered the usual Saturday morning crowd, and some vendors are packing up.  They’ve brought […]

Continue Reading By on May 21, 2013 in agriculture, community, eating better, education, faith, farm, garden, green, nutrition, organic, South, sustainable

Gardening and Waking Up With Stonyfield

Heirloom Red Bell Pepper Plants I run five miles, water the garden, prepare a gourmet breakfast, then head out the door, on time, with perfectly mannered children and my own perfectly coiffed hair.  Sounds like a parenting fantasy to me! Truth is, if I can get one or two of those things right in the […]

Continue Reading By on May 15, 2013 in eating better, education, family, farm, food, garden, green, organic, outdoors, parenting, sustainable

Organic Corn and Sorghum get Boost from Cover Crops

This post is for all of you who’ve laughed when I inquired at farmers’ markets for organic corn.  It’s for all of you who told me “nobody” grows corn organically, at least not in East Tennessee.  Take a look at this cornfield. Rye Grass and Hairy Vetch as Cover Crops for Cornfield You say it […]

Continue Reading By on May 14, 2013 in agriculture, eating better, education, farm, farming, food, organic, research, sustainable, University of Tennessee

University Researchers Growing Organic Wheat in Southeast

Crop Researcher David Butler, PhD in Organic Wheat Trial FieldsUniversity of Tennessee – Organic Crops Unit On an overcast April day, blades of wheat were already filling in enough of the field to crowd out the few weeds trying to grow there.  When I noticed a dandelion and some clover, I asked if someone would […]

Continue Reading By on May 13, 2013 in agriculture, eating better, ecosystem, education, farm, farming, green, organic, research, sustainable, University of Tennessee

Organic Crops Field Tour Wednesday at University of Tennessee Farm

When you pick organic at the farmer’s market or grocery store, what does that mean about the field where the food was grown? Ready to cut out toxic, persistent pesticides and try some family friendly methods in your family garden this year? Are you already farming but ready to convert some fields to organic growing? […]

Continue Reading By on April 22, 2013 in agriculture, eating better, education, farm, food, garden, green, grow, organic

Starting Seeds for the Organic Family Garden

Our bell pepper seedlings! “One, two, three…twenty-four, twenty-five…”  the kids and I have been counting excitedly over the past few days! We’re observing and lightly watering our vegetable seeds.  Just a week since we started them, more than half of the sweet bell pepper seeds have germinated and become visible above the soil. Each time […]

Continue Reading By on April 1, 2013 in eating better, education, family, farm, food, frugal, garden, green, organic, outdoors, parenting, sustainable

Visiting Bakersville Pioneer Village

We crossed Baker Creek or its tributary three different times along the dirt road drive to the old Rippee homestead.  At first, Bakersville looked like any other busy farm that happened to preserve several wooden barns.  Up close, more details likened it to the popular Silver Dollar City attraction just a few miles away in […]

Continue Reading By on March 25, 2013 in agriculture, eating better, farm, food, garden, heirloom, Midwest, Ozarks, seeds

Picking Pole Beans and Cherry Tomatoes

Picking Lazy Wife Greasy Pole Beans Fresh-picked from the garden makes for a simple and easy mealtime experience. My youngest has proven you don’t even have to be as tall as the bean stalks to help out.  Picking pole beans can be a family activity. We’ve been enjoying fresh-picked, steamed green beans that take less […]

Continue Reading By on July 14, 2012 in agriculture, farm, food, garden