• GOOD EARTH: Enjoy the best of in-season eating

    If you’ve ever wondered why it is considered good luck in the South to eat collard greens and black-eyed peas on New Year’s Day, it probably doesn’t have anything to do with the star-moving power of the collard. In the Mid-West, the lucky food transforms into sauerkraut and pork, and other cultures have other lucky foods specific to their regions.

  • Farm to Table fills seats, turns focus to 'eating local'

    The feast-like table set up along East Flaget Saturday evening attracted glances from curious bystanders and smiles from dinner guests taking their seats. With nice weather, a succulent seven-course meal and a lot of company, Bardstown’s first Farm to Table event was deemed a success by organizers.

    More than 100 guests raised their glasses prior to the first course as Bardstown Main Street Executive Director Lisanna Byrd offered a toast.

    “Here’s to eating local, eating better and bringing the community together. Cheers!” Byrd said.

  • County farmer directs donation to Bardstown Kiwanis Club

    Farmers make a difference in rural communities by directing donations from Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities program to local nonprofit organizations.

    Nelson County farmer Craig Broaddus recently won the opportunity to direct a $2,500 donation from the program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, to the Bardstown Kiwanis Club.

  • GOOD EARTH: Garden birds can be both beneficial and annoying

    It’s hard not to be an amateur ornithologist when your world is full of birds. It seems that this time of year there are birds everywhere on the farm. On one hand it is a sign that you’ve created a healthy habitat conducive to nesting, but on the other hand it can be annoying.

  • BACKYARD GARDENER: Create sustainability in your backyard wildlife garden

    By Kristopher Fante

    Gardening Columnist

    Last week’s column discussed creating a wildlife garden habitat to take care of wildlife around you and reverse a growing loss of natural habitat. We discussed how food, a water source and shelter were needed to create a dedicated wildlife garden habitat. There’s one more requirement for turning your outdoor space in to a wildlife habitat garden: sustainability.

  • Create your own backyard wildlife garden

  • Egg hatching helps kids learn about life

    Bardstown Primary School second graders have been learning about life with a hands-on embryology project. For the past few weeks, the students in Allen Best’s class have observed eggs in an incubator and have used lights to watch how the embryos develop.

    By Wednesday night, several of the eggs had hatched and the students came to school surprised to find fuzzy chicks in their place.

    “It’s one day they’ll never forget,” Best said.

  • Quarles speaks to FFA students

    The cafeteria at Nelson County High School was packed Thursday night with FFA members, parents and special guests gathered together for an end of the year banquet.

    The event included recognition of members in various competitions and accomplishments, and the exiting of FFA officers. Among the guests, which included district officials and state legislators, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles shared a message with the room.

    “It is an honor to be back in Nelson County,” Quarles said. “This is a great agricultural county.”

  • Salt River members may go solar

    Salt River Electric’s co-op members will have an opportunity, starting this fall, to help save the environment and maybe, eventually, save a little green.

    Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives broke ground this month on a 60-acre solar farm in Clark County.

  • Choosing the best vegetable varieties

    By Chris Coulter

    Agriculture Columnist

    If variety is the spice of life, then plant varieties are the spice of the garden. One of the biggest decisions that the gardener makes every year is what varieties of vegetables to plant. If you’ve ever flipped through a seed catalog, you’ll soon realize that the choices can be a little overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of varieties of vegetables, and breeders release new ones every year.