“Farmer Dave” Miller describes the “proper” use of a flamethrower in various seasons… My wife, Mickey, has indicated that she often cringes when I include her in my farmers’ market email misadventures and tales of woe.
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Month: January 2014
Share your ideas for Homegrown Iowan
A feature on The Authentic Storytelling Project today about Homegrown Iowan offered an opportunity for me to reflect on the future of the website as we approach our anniversary. Homegrown Iowan is an extension of what I’ve been doing for years as a journalist: spreading the word about local foods, farmers markets, gardening and events […]
How extreme cold influences Iowa’s insec
As Midwesterners and people elsewhere search for the silver lining to our recent frigid temperatures, some have pointed to a decline in the pest population, specifically insects. This report from Minnesota Public Radio notes that the extreme cold is beneficial to the state’s ash trees, as it could kill off a large percentage of emerald […]
Registration opens for Winter Gardening ...
With the wind-chill at 50-below zero, this might not seem like the ideal time to think about gardening. But really, there is no better time to dream about what the summer may hold when you have the clean slate that an Iowa winter brings. The Linn County Master Gardeners’ Winter Gardening Fair provides that perfect […]
Practical Farmers of Iowa conference is ...
The Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference later this month will highlight farm management and budgeting to improve fruit and vegetable farmers’ profitability, along with much more. Among the speakers that will interest many fruit and vegetable producers are veteran vegetable farmer Laura Frerichs of Hutchinson, Minn., and high tunnel expert Adam Montri of Bath, […]
Local foods and time-honored traditions ...
BY CINDY HADISH HOMESTEAD, Iowa – Andy and Lalanya Bodenbender aren’t intentionally trendy. What some perceive as the latest craze — from their tattooed wedding bands to the hearty kale they grow — the Bodenbenders embrace as their way of life. That goes for the local foods emphasis at their store, Henry’s Village Market, too.