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Welding Lesson

Last year my husband, Brian, offered to have the New Farmer Academy interns over to our house for a welding lesson. He forgot all about it, but they sure didn’t! Last weekend we were finally able to make it happen. First the interns learned about the different types...

High Tunnel Construction

by Tiffany O’Neill and Hayden Bish, New Farmer Academy Interns Have you ever wondered how Midwest farmers are able to produce tomatoes in the fall or grow greens in the dead of winter? High tunnel season extension is the not so small secret assisting local farmers...

Many Hands Make Light Work

“Many hands make light work” is a proverb that dates way back, first recorded in English in the 1300s. It’s one of my favorites, and one that proves itself time and again in the world of agriculture. Obviously, the more people available to help with a task, the less...

For the Love of a Loofah

By Patricia Fox Who doesn’t love the gentle exfoliating powers of a loofah bath sponge? Loofah is a naturally sourced, eco-friendly, renewable scrubber that is also compostable! But what is a loofah, anyway? I admit, I have contemplated the strange structure of my...

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

What first began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day in 1992, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was created to celebrate and honor Native American history and culture, in an attempt to redirect the attention from celebrating Christopher Columbus, who contributed to...

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