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Painter thanks Farmland Protection Board with ‘The New Arrival’

Painter thanks Farmland Protection Board with ‘The New Arrival’

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION – For painter Patricia Perry, sharing a scene with a mare and her foal offers the perfect way to say thank you to the Jefferson County Farmland Protection Board. Perry gave “The New Arrival” to the board last month. The work shows the pair on a pasture on Warm Springs Road near Perry’s […]

Old things and new on the year’s first trip to North River Mills

Like the recent installment about my drive to Middleburg, I’m chronicling the year’s first day back at one of my more or less seasonal activities. I like to make them sound like Civil War battles because both locations are dripping with history of the period — you can almost step in it. The North River […]

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March 11 was a welcome break from the cold we had been experiencing. This little respite encouraged me to head to the private 1950s farm museum near Middleburg, Va., and get things rolling there (and resume my regular visits that had taken a two-month hiatus.) This first involved a stop at Browning Equipment in Purcellville […]

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March is National Peanut Month, a time to celebrate one of America’s favorite foods! Roasted in the shell for a ballpark snack, ground into peanut butter or tossed in a salad or stir fry, peanuts find their way into everything from breakfast to dessert. National Peanut Month had its beginnings as National Peanut Week in […]

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[cleeng_content id=”760438842″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] WINCHESTER, Va. – Farmers and others with rural businesses may sign up for next month’s Forum for Rural Innovation conference through March 7. It’s the 10th year for daylong event, which begins at 8:15 a.m. March 14 at the Best Western Lee-Jackson Motor Inn & Conference Center in […]

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Legislature’s raw milk debate centers on safety

[cleeng_content id=”825011100″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]CHARLESTON — A bill moving through the West Virginia Legislature will allow co-owners of cows to receive raw milk, meaning the state would join a growing number of states which have allowed the sale of a product that has been banned for decades. But is it safe? Proponents of […]

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Another breakup with the Old Hippie

[cleeng_content id=”541176023″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] As many readers of this column are already aware, “The Old Hippie” refers to my wife, Stephanie. Her title is not entirely my invention. Rather, as a school bus driver, some of her early students perceived her as an aging flower child. However, before any lonely geezers take […]

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State looks for private interests to run Inwood Farmers Market

[cleeng_content id=”859028326″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”]INWOOD – The state is getting out of the farm market business. Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick announced the Department of Agriculture will seek bids through early next month for private entities interested in running the Inwood Farmers Market, which has been operated by state ag officials since the 1970s. […]

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[cleeng_content id=”561043566″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] CHARLES TOWN – An upcoming small business seminar sponsored by the Development Authority and featuring former Redskins Mark Moseley and Ken Harvey has been postponed to a day that is still to be determined. The conference is aimed at helping small business owners grow their companies and increase […]

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[cleeng_content id=”362889379″ description=”Read it now!” price=”0.49″ t=”article”] CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2014 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. As part of their requests, applicants are invited to submit a concept proposal for projects meeting the criteria of specialty crops as defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture […]

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