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Crop Spot: Snap Peas

Snap peas are a legume which means they are in the family of incredible plants that can “fix” nitrogen gas from the atmosphere into a usable form in the soil for other plants to access. Similar to snow peas (edible pod, flat) and English garden/shelling peas (inedible pod, round full appearance), snap peas (edible pod, […]

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Crop Spot: Mushrooms

Did you know that there are three main types of mushrooms? Saprophytic (the kind most commonly grown), parasitic, and mycorrhizal. Saprophytic mushrooms eat dead and decomposing matter, parasitic mushrooms feed on (and kill)l living trees, and mycorrhizal mushrooms live in a symbiotic (mutually beneficial) relationship with living trees. In the Garden: Mushroom cultivation methods vary […]

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Crop Spot: Parsnips

Behold the parsnip!  Parsnips, or Pastinaca sativa, are humble root vegetables closely related to carrots and parsley. These pale roots taste just as sweet as carrots with earthier undertones and are quite versatile! Here’s our quick guide to Parsnips: In the Medicine Cabinet:  Not only are parsnips delicious, but they’re also good for you! Here’s […]

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Mental Health First Aid for Farmers

The National Farmers Union’s 118th Anniversary Convention gathered family farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals at the Hyatt Regency Savannah in Georgia, earlier this March. This is an annual opportunity for family farmers from across the country to come together to learn, collaborate, and grow through discussions, brainstorming, and breakout sessions. While I didn’t have the […]

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How to Plan a Virtual Dinner Party

It’s critical that we all take COVID-19 seriously and stay at home. As humans, the lack of social interaction involved in a quarantine however, can be both unfamiliar and emotionally exhausting. But, don’t forget! We live in a time when technology makes it easy for happy hours, coffee dates and dinner parties, to happen online. […]

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Support Local Food Businesses Statewide

Local food businesses are among the hardest hit by the outbreak of COVID-19. With bars and restaurants banned from dine-in services, many are adapting as fast as possible. Some are food businesses are switching to curbside or delivery options, and farms are upgrading their online ordering systems. Even non-food businesses, like yoga studios and libraries, […]

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A Local Foodie’s Guide to COVID-19

Have you washed your hands lately? If not, take a moment to do so. If yes, do it again. The news is inundated with information about the global spread of Coronavirus and the uncertainty this infection is causing. Local, small businesses are disproportionately affected during uncertain times like these. Here are some ideas how you […]

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