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What do farmers do in the winter?

Wow it has gotten cold here, once in out of the frigid temperatures outside (still surviving the cold for now). I recently cracked open my iPad, opened Quora and saw the question What do farmers do during the winter? I had to answer it in part because I remember a time when I assumed farmers were kicked back […]

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GMO documentary for China

That Time I Was in a Chinese GMO Documentary Video

Working in outreach at Monsanto I get some unique experiences now and then, but I still can’t believe I was interviewed for and included in a GMO documentary. There was a small group of students from China who while in the U.S. were hearing the discussion here and they decided to do a lot of […]

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Late Summer Means Lots of Peppers in My Backyard Garden

Disclaimer:  I got some of the plants, experiences and connections to my backyard garden mentioned in this article through my work at Monsanto. This post reflects my personal opinions and I’m writing it just cause I want to like I always do.  As I mentioned earlier this summer, I decided to do a container garden […]

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In Search of the Perfect Tomato

Growing tomatoes is something that just seems to make a person more Southern. I’ve grown them at various times in my life and my grandmom usually had tomato plants. And I can’t help but think of a scene in Steel Magnolias where Ouiser is dumping tomatoes on people and says she has to grow them […]

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Backyard Broccoli & More in My Container Garden VIDEO

I got some of the seeds and plants for my container garden from my employer Monsanto at no cost to me.We are doing a great container garden there too and it inspired me to give it another go at home. I was not asked to write about the garden and the opinions here are mine and […]

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People & farm roots in Syria

The Syrian Crisis and Seed Banks — I Missed This

Like you, over the last few weeks, I have seen and heard more about the Syrian refugees who are carrying what little they can in their hands and walking from country to country to find a home. Every time I see another newscast or photo online, the faces of Syrians fleeing for their lives get […]

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Caring & Understanding on Two Z Dairy Farms (Farms A to Z)

When I looked at the two farms for Z, the words care and understanding came to mind. The photos for today really show that connection to the animals in the care of these farmers on a couple of family dairy farms. Zweber Farms Some of you may have remembered my visit to an organic dairy […]

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Mr. Ray Young, The Farmer Who Won My Heart (Farms A to Z)

My first visit to a farm seems a million years ago and yet it also seems like yesterday. The farmer to host me for my first real farm visit, while I was in graduate school was Mr. Ray Young. I can’t imagine how often he and his wife Mrs. Dorothy have come to mind over […]

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