• Snow pack leaves evidence of wildlife

    Yesterday, 4:30 pm, after shedding my city boots for my country boots, I head back out the door with my egg basket and a jug off water.

    Our two livestock guardian dogs by my side, we head back to the barn.

    In the blink of an eye, Baxter and Finca take off in full defense mode towards our hens and the barn. Baxter takes the front and Finca takes the back. And, to my bewilderment, a beautiful coyote is flushed from beyond and the dogs follow pursuit. Wiley coyote hits the frozen lake and the dogs circle.

  • Local farmer makes donation to Thomas Nelson FFA



    A local farmer made a $2,500 donation to an area high school to be used to improve the local community.

    Michael Martin, of Nelson County, was selected as a winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Martin selected Thomas Nelson’s FFA chapter as the recipient of his winnings.

  • KFB promotes ‘the good in agriculture’

    Nelson County Farm Bureau was one of a select number of county bureaus chosen this year to be recognized on a national level.

    The county was invited to share its program as part of the County Activities of Excellence at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th annual convention in San Antonio, Texas.

    The bureau promoted its Ag Day at the Fair project, which educated the public on agricultural issues through displays and activities at the county fair in July.

    The project was intended to promote “the good in agriculture.”

  • Will the polar vortex hurt insects or kill ticks?

    A few weeks ago on Ira Flatow’s Science Friday there was an interview with research biologist Rob Venette from the U.S. Forest Service in Minnesota that addressed the effect temperature has on certain insects. The ability of insects to survive winter — when so many of them thrive in summer — has always fascinated me. While we would most certainly root for the bees and butterflies, my enthusiasm would wane for fleas and ticks.

    Venette and his colleagues are specifically researching the emerald ash borer and sub-zero temperatures.

  • Orchids determined by the bloom

    Have you ever wondered what makes an orchid an orchid?

  • The effects of snow and de-icing agents on plants

    As I write, we are getting flurries and the forecast calls for some frigid temperatures (by now we are experiencing them!) We have called to have our old furnace serviced to hedge our bets against frozen pipes as the heat pump struggles to keep up with single digit temperatures. The firewood is staked and ready to stoke the Buckstove for overnight; and if the sidewalks get slick, we have a stash of deicing agents. As the winter season unfolds consider the effect that deicing agents have on your plants.

  • Winter settles in, a new year begins

    While the winter slowdown has not yet happened it does seem to be around the corner.

    Or is that just wishful thinking?

    At any rate, winter is a time to regroup and plan for another year for the farm.

    We have some serious infrastructure planning to do, thanks to a grant from Animal Welfare Approved, which will allow us to add some fox proof fencing for our free-ranging laying hens; and some improvements to our sheep pastures that will allow for more organized rotational grazing and sorting.

  • A gardener’s Christmas poem

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas.’ The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

  • Tips for controlling pests on indoor plants

    Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron?

    Are there little scabs on the underside of the leaves of your orchid?

    Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lack luster. Well, we can blame some of the plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.

  • Nelson County honored in Kentucky Farm Bureau excellence Program

    Nelson County Farm Bureau was honored as one of the five winners in the 2013 Kentucky Farm Bureau County Activities of Excellence program. All five recipients of the award were recognized during the Dec. 5 general session of KFB’s annual meeting in Louisville.