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Making music at the market

By Cindy Hadish INDEPENDENCE, Iowa – Mark Armstrong missed the camaraderie he experienced as a farmers market vendor after ending his popular venture in cheesemaking with Acoustic Farms, a micro dairy in rural Springville. Armstrong has been able to keep strumming in those settings, though, even when his career path switched from dairy farming. He […]

Visiting a secret shade garden

By Cindy Hadish/for Iowa Gardener Patti and Rich Hannan turned a problem area of their backyard into a plus. “This really wasn’t a garden seven years ago,” Patti said of the landscaped shade garden, ascending behind the couple’s home in a historic Council Bluffs neighborhood. “Since it’s so shady, we couldn’t get the grass to […]