• Beekeepers call for revision of Kentucky Proud requirements

    Kentucky beekeepers are becoming some of the loudest critics of a program aimed at promoting Kentucky products. The Kentucky Proud label that has been promoted for the past several years is misleading to consumers, they say, but it could take changing the law to ease their concerns.

    “What’s happening is most people aren’t aware — and we want to make them aware — that just because it says Kentucky Proud does not mean that the product is from Kentucky,” said Susan Zhunga, a beekeeper from Cox’s Creek.

  • BACKYARD GARDENER: Grow your own container garden with shrubs

    Kristopher Fante

    Gardening Columnist

    Gardening with containers can be enjoyable and gratifying, and there is no easier way to bring rapid vast amounts of color and style from spring through fall to help enhance your landscape. But, if you’re like me and you have a good amount of pots to fill, the cost of annuals can quickly get out of hand. That’s where the use of shrubs along with some perennials can really help out with the cost, labor and time of container gardening.

  • Nelson County 4-H Cooking Club Volunteers at Feeding America

    Members of the Nelson County 4-H Cooking Club recently volunteered at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland in Elizabethtown. While at the Volunteer Center the group packed enough food to benefit 232 people across the region who struggle to meet their own food needs.

  • PHOTOS: Sixth annual Ag Day draws a crowd

    Despite the heat, the fairgrounds were populated Saturday for the sixth annual Nelson County Agriculture Day. Guests walked around to several informational booths, painted rocks to hide, watched a herding demonstration, interacted with livestock and admired farm equipment and farmscapes, which took hours to set up and years to collect. Several area teens also competed in a talent competition and a public speaking competition.

  • Ag Day returns to fairgrounds Saturday

    The Nelson County Fair is fast approaching, but the fairgrounds will be buzzing with life this weekend as the annual Agriculture Day is set for Saturday.

    In its sixth year, Nelson County Agriculture Day was formed as an effort to promote agriculture education to the community, particularly education on where food comes from.

  • 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.