• Fair board gets $100k to renovate Samuels Hall

    The exhibit space at the Nelson County Fairgrounds could have a whole new look come next summer.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture announced Thursday it had awarded a $100,000 grant to the Nelson County Fair Board for the renovation of Samuels Hall.

    “It will be a whole new appearance to the building,” said board president Keith Willett.

    Plans call for renovating both the exterior and interior of the building, including remodeling the bathrooms and improving the exterior entrance.

  • Saving your own seeds provides many benefits

    By Chris Coulter

    Agriculture Columnist

    A few weeks ago, we discussed the practical obsession of seed saving. This week, I’d like to delve into the basics of saving your own vegetable seed.

    Producing and collecting seed from your own garden has many benefits, with one of the greatest being cost savings. While seeds aren’t that expensive, my seed bill every year always shocks me.

  • Try these tips for planting garlic and digging sweet potatoes
  • Find native shrubs to add great fall color

    Fall is here, and who doesn’t love trees and shrubs with beautiful autumn color? If you have been searching for a shrub that has four-season appeal, including outstanding fall color, oakleaf hydrangea could be that plant to answer your fall color landscape needs. 

  • A Halloween rooster tale

     My wife and I have kept chickens on the farm for about as long as I remember, and over time we’ve had many that have become an indelible part of our collective farm memory. There is nothing like a 10 pound rooster with 2-inch spurs to remind you of your place in the food chain.  

  • NC Farm Bureau recognizes Franklin’s leadership

    Farm Bureau’s mission statement proclaims that Farm Bureau is a voluntary organization of farm families and their allies dedicated to serving as the voice of agriculture by identifying problems, developing solutions and taking actions which will improve net farm income, achieve better economic opportunities and enhance the quality of life for all.

  • Garden spiders, robins and fall senescence

    I don’t just rely on fall color to tell me the seasons are about to change. There are so many other little things to observe that help me make the transition ­— gossamer webs floating in the air, the long shadows of the sun falling slowly in the southern sky, walnuts hidden in the grass, and robins flocking in search of crabapples and other fall fruit.

    These are the signs of fall to me. They prove mostly comforting, but also remind me that I need to get ready for the first frost and inevitable hard freeze, after which there is no turning back.

  • ColorFest blends education and fun

    Seeing the kids’ eyes light up at the wildlife displays Saturday made Mark Humphrey a very happy volunteer.

    “They’re connected,” Humphrey said, pointing to children looking at animal pelts, bones and tracks. “It’s like in school, they don’t have these kinds of exhibits,” where they can be hands-on. 

  • Farmers Hall of Fame recognizes Buck Durbin

    Walter “Buck” Durbin grew up during the Depression. It was an era where all he had was his word, but that was enough.

    “If he said he was going to be somewhere, Daddy was there,” Lisa Barnes said of her father, who spent his life on a farm in Nelson County. 

    His passion for farming and years of hard work, up until his death in March 2014, prompted Durbin’s recognition last week in the Nelson County Farm Bureau’s Farmers Hall of Fame.

  • Trunk flare should be evident at planting

    Hands down this is the best time of the year for me. The weather has a subtlety about it with extremes thrown in here and there as a reminder that Mother Nature will do as she pleases. I am tired from the summer but reinvigorated when the light changes and the blue sky becomes clearer. I can think about gardening again with a smile on my face.