• Milking it for all it’s worth

    Just a few hours after the 2:30 morning milking of cows on Keeling Dairy Farm, the herd welcomed a new calf and was expecting a few more that week as well.

    “We’re milking 240 right now, so theoretically we should have 240 calves a year,” said Kerry Brothers, who was on the farm Thursday morning.

    Brothers, who handles the herd, works with his cousin, Greg Brothers, renting operations on the farm. Brothers said they’ve been on the farm for about seven years, but he’s been dairy farming for about 24.

  • State ag dept.launches Food to Fork Program

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is accepting applications from community organizations interested in hosting Kentucky Proud dinners now through fall of 2016.

    The Kentucky Proud Food to Fork Program will provide funding to qualifying applicants for dinners that showcase local food products. The program will also promote local agritourism businesses and provide educational background on locally produced agricultural food and products.

  • Ground your landscape

    Kristopher Fante

    Backyard Gardener

    As backyard gardeners, we’re always looking for ways to lessen our workload, cut expense and add beauty to our yards. As daunting as this may seem, I have found the use of ground covers can achieve these tasks while adding beauty to your yard.The use of ground covers ties the landscape together, whether it be shrubs, trees or perennials.

  • Sweet potatoes, nature’s perfect food, need 150 days

    Once again we enjoyed sweet potatoes all winter long from a fantastic harvest last fall. I planted out about 25 organic slips purchased from Country Corner Greenhouse in Shepherdsville in late May and by early November we had four nursery crates full of one of nature’s perfect foods! Seven months and counting in storage with no spoilage is impressive. We are down to about a dozen sweet potatoes; just in time for a transition to other summer vegetables.

  • It’s time to plant warm season crops

    Chris Coulter

    Agricultural Columnist


  • Hired hands

    Late Monday afternoon, Randy Calvert and his father, Larry Calvert, were nailing down what was left of the plastic that a weekend storm had torn off one of their tobacco greenhouses.

    There’s always plenty of work to do on a farm, and the hundreds of young plants inside some of the greenhouses are ready to set, and the ones in another soon will be. But the farmworkers haven’t yet arrived to help the Calverts during the growing and harvesting seasons.

  • Pets of the Week: Wednesday, May, 4, 2016

    The Humane Society of Nelson County is in the back of the Nelson County Fairgrounds. For more information, call the Animal Shelter at 349-2082 or visit ncanimalservices.org.

  • In the Garden: Tomato 101

    “Tomato 101” is for beginners and advanced gardeners alike. There are many assumptions about the tomato that get passed on by the most well-meaning aficionado. I take my tomatoes seriously and have developed a routine to hedge my bets for a healthy summer harvest.

  • Ease into gardening with a raised bed 


    Raise your garden to new heights for easier access and greater productivity. Raised beds allow you to overcome poor soil by creating the ideal growing mix, plus make gardening time more comfortable thanks to less bending and kneeling.

    Whether you purchase a kit or build your own, there are a few things to consider when creating a raised bed garden.

    Locate the garden in a sunny area if possible. Most plants require at least six hours of sun, and vegetables like tomatoes, peppers and melons produce best with a full day of sunlight.

  • Mowing high keeps lawns healthy

    I don’t worry about my lawn so much. I see all the weeds, yellow dandelions and purple violets as food for our growing lambs. As the grass grows, I think, “Where will I move them next?” I do understand, however, that this is not the point that most people are operating on.