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Agriculture

  • Flowers in the showers

    Shelbyville

    Garden and

    Art Show

    WHEN: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday

    WHERE: Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office, 1117 Frankfort Road

    WHAT: Plants, art, food

    ADMISSION: Free

    Forecasters might be predicting rain but that hasn’t dampened the spirits of the Shelby County Master Gardeners, who said Saturday’s Art and Garden Fair will go on rain or shine.

  • Farmers market kicks off next Saturday

    The return of the Shelby County Farmers’ Market is just a week away and organizers say they are eager to kick off a 14th season.

    Elizabeth Rosenburg, secretary of the farmers’ market, said attendees this year will be treated to some new selections.

    “We have lots of new vendors,” Rosenburg said. “We have a man that raises mushrooms, a pork vendor.”

    In addition, she explained, beef and lamb vendors from previous years will be returning.

  • Backyard farming

    From family-owned local businesses to the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Shelby County has something to offer just about anyone, whether they prefer a small-town life or a big city.   But for those itching for a taste of both worlds, the Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office has them covered, too.

    Starting Thursday, the extension office will begin a workshop series designed for the beginning small farmer with 5 to 20 acres.

  • WICHE: Protecting young trees from deer rut

    Last weekend marked the opening of gun season in Kentucky and deer hunters hit the woods in their orange safety gear looking for the epitome of procuring local food! 

    I am not a hunter, but I certainly respect hunters who lawfully hunt for food. While some are hunting this time of the year, however, others are scrambling to protect their trees from the rut.

  • An ode to Jack and the turnip

    It looks like this late turnip crop is going to be a good one thanks to cool temperatures and adequate rain fall. 

    I may even have some little ones ready in honor of Halloween this year, too, even though they will only be salad size.  What does the turnip have to do with Halloween you may ask?  Well, they just may be more authentic than that pumpkin on the porch. 

    Pumpkins have been for sale for weeks and children have decided on costumes but somewhere in the middle of it all is the story of All Hallow’s Eve.  

  • Homegrown goodness

    Nearly a year after the seed was planted, the Rooted in Shelby program is coming to fruition.

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension launched the program earlier this month with the anticipation of forming a connection with the Shelby County’s Kentucky Proud farmers and local businesses.

    Farmers across the county that participate in the Kentucky Proud program are invited to join Rooted in Shelby, a free program designed for promoting products that are raised or produced in the county.

  • Extension office open house draws big crowd

    The Shelby County Cooperative Extension Office opened its doors Tuesday afternoon for guests to participate in an array of hands-on activities during its annual open house event.

    Activities included butter churning, sewing and Halloween crafts, and attendees had the opportunity to pet various animals like snakes, chickens and rabbits. Guests were also treated to quesadillas, smoothies, and pumpkin muffins.

  • Meeting your Good Neighbors

    Farming is the backbone of America and our daily survival depends on a farmer’s hard days labor.  But despite the vital role they play in our lives, and especially in a largely rural community like Shelby County, many don’t know what happens in the day-to-day work on a farm.

    This past weekend, however, the Shelby County Cooperative Extension hosted the 2nd Annual Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm Tour.  Allowing more than 350 people to take a peek at a dozen of the typically hidden farms scattered throughout Shelby County.

  • Explore Shelby County’s backyard

    Tomorrow, curious visitors and locals alike will have the opportunity to take a rare peak beyond the barn doors and farm gates of Shelby County.

    For the second year, various farms in the county will be hosting the Shelby County Good Neighbors Farm tour.

    Last year, the event drew approximately 300 visitors and this year attendance is expected to increase.

  • WICHE: Preening the late summer garden

    All in all, we have had a decent summer with reasonable temperatures and adequate rainfall.  I think the marker for the summer of 2014 can go to the weeds! 

    So as you address some fall weeding chores you may also want to do a little preening to give some of your annuals and perennials a facelift for fall.

    As we descend into fall, annuals and perennials will rebound but first we need to get rid of the old, ragged growth.  Several gardeners have told me they have given up on the season and thrown out their annual containers.