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Holiday Gifts Straight from the Farm!

Each year as the holidays roll in, I see lots of gift guides online and I enjoy going through the various ideas people offer up. The ones I enjoy the most include gifts that you don’t see very often, unique gifts always grab my eye. This year, I decided to work ahead and pull together […]

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Son of a Witch Doctor Pairs Dad’s Skills with Science for Cotton

I have to say, it is unusual for me to listen to a podcast episode and immediately think that not only do I need to tweet out the link, but I need to go the extra mile and write a blog post. In fact, I can’t think of one but Saturday morning Twitter delivered me […]

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Learning About Bees & Conquering Fear (Video)

Lots of people are afraid of something and others just don’t get it. I have always been afraid, even terrified of bees. Growing up, I always heard that if dad got stung, we had to take him to the hospital, so when I got stung by honey bees and started swelling up like crazy, I […]

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My #HeyLetsGrow Container Garden is Really Late this Year

Last year by this time, not only had I shared a few posts about my container garden, I was enjoying some of the fruits of my labors according to the photos in my Facebook “on this day.” Those nudges make the reality seem all the harder. My garden is really behind schedule for a few […]

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Top 18 Farmers Sharing Their Passion & Farm Photos on Instagram

When folks ask about the social media channel that I enjoy the most, I tell them Instagram (if we aren’t already connected, I’m JPlovesCOTTON and as a sample, here’s a photo I took recently). I mean, afterall, I got my first job to fund my photography habit (I have never stopped buying cameras either! It is […]

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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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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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