After living out of state for many years, several years back I found myself moving back home where I grew up on a small tobacco farm in a rural agriculture based community. There my family had raised several acres of tobacco each season to help add to my parents’ ‘real job’ incomes. Working in tobacco was something many in my family did…on Mom’s side and on Dad’s. Most of the neighbors around, all grew tobacco too.Read More
I prefer promoting local, organic foods, but lately I’ve been working with Emily Oakley and Mike Appel from Three Springs organic farm in Oaks, Oklahoma on a chicken house threat to their farm. We led a huge citizen outcry, joined by many organizations and the Cherokee Nation and shut it down in 3 weeks. Maybe you read the news article published in our newsletter last month.Read More
Sheep are an oft overlooked small farm livestock enterprise in the South where beef cattle seem to dominate the pasture landscape. A couple of weeks ago I participated in the University of Kentucky’s Sheep Profit school and the keynote speaker of the evening, Warren Beeler, noted in his presentation that sheep are really just like little beef cows.Read More
Spring is well underway and with it comes many opportunities across the region to participate in farm field days and other excellent educational opportunities available in the sustainable world . As I strive to keep myself up to date on things being a relative newcomer to the space, I realize how fortunate the cause is to have such a vast selection of topics and venues from which to learn. On any given day, there is some type (and often multiple options each day) of a learning opportunity to add to the calendar of learning. It can be almost overwhelming unless we do somethign about it.
Therefore, there is a mission…should you choose to accept it…’Read More
Early this morning, Congress passed a government spending package (the “omnibus appropriations bill”) to fund federal programs through the end of September, which is when the current fiscal year expires. The House passed the package 256-167 on Thursday, the Senate passed the bill 65-32 Friday morning, and the President signed the bill into law that same afternoon.Read More