• Late summer is the time to prepare for next year’s lawn

    By Kristopher Fante

    Agriculture Columnist

    The summer months have bolted by so quickly, and many of us are looking out our front door and seeing a yard of crabgrass, warm season weeds, dead areas and a mixture of spotty brown and green grass. You may be wondering when it’s the best time to resolve these issues. Most of us will tell ourselves “fall is right around the corner, I’ll work on it in the spring,” but that’s the exact opposite of what you need to do.

  • Backyard chickens could be making a comeback

    It’s been a year and a half since poultry purge, but some would-be urban farmers are hatching a plan to permit townies to raise chickens for their eggs.

    On Tuesday, the Planning Commission held a workshop at the Old Courthouse to educate city and county officials on the benefits of urban agriculture.

    The speakers included Extension Agent Robbie Smith, Nelson County Beekeepers Association President Gene Englert and Nick Kipper, who raised chickens on a vacant lot until Bardstown’s code enforcers cracked his eggs operation.

  • The many colors of milkweed

    By Kristopher Fante

    Agriculture Columnist

    Summer is in full swing, and that’s the greatest time of the year for our many Kentucky native plants to strut their stuff and show how magnificent native flowers can be.

  • 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.