• 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.

  • Be sure to save seeds for next season

    By Chris Coulter, Agriculture Columnist

    By this time of year the work on the farm is starting to slow down, just a bit. Most of the fall crops are established and growing, and the summer plots are being cleaned up and put to bed with a cover crop. The dry, fall weather has set in and the first yellow leaves of the Honey Locust trees are starting to flutter down through the branches to carpet the ground. When I see those it reminds me that it’s time to start making my passes through the growing plots to collect next-year’s seed.

  • Bark Bash returns Oct. 22

    In a little more than a week, members of the community will be able to enjoy a nice evening while helping a local animal rescue meet its needs

    Bark Bash, which returns Oct. 22, is a major annual fundraiser for Barktown Rescue in Boston. The non-profit group has been rescuing dogs and cats since 2009.

  • National 4-H Week takes flight

    Nelson County 4-H spent this week showcasing its array of clubs and activities to local youths — from aerospace engineering to cooking and nature — as part of National 4-H Week.

    “All over the nation we are recognizing 4-H and we are celebrating 4-H,” Nelson County 4-H Extension Agent Danielle Hagler said.

    At a luncheon held at the Civic Center Wednesday, about 20 children ages 5-8, called Cloverbuds, were able to explore their interests in 4-H with introductory activities.

  • Bacterial leaf scorch takes a toll on pin oaks

    It seems that once again we, meaning the collective gardening public, have disregarded the imperative known as diversity. It applies to more than the plant world, too!

    Before I get into the specifics of one current problem (and there are more than one), let me reflect on our past mistakes when biodiversity has been ignored.

  • Taking your yard from wet to wonderful, Pt. 2

    By Kristopher Fante

    Backyard Gardener

    Last week, I addressed problem spaces such as boggy areas in your yard. My answer to just such an area was a woodland garden.

    I installed islands for my perennials and chose trees that could tolerate wet conditions but would also stand up to drought.