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Agriculture

  • 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. 

  • WICHE: Cover crops prove multi-purposed

    While I will admit that half of my vegetable garden looks dreadful, the other half is holding steady because we mulched paths with a heavy layer of wood chips, filled unplanted beds with cover crops and have weeded the rest by hand and hoe.  I started using cover crops about 5 years ago, and I am sold on the multi-purpose usefulness. 

    While many disease pathogens winter over on plant debris and an equal amount remain viable in the soil, we need to strategize to keep the garden relatively clean. 

  • From kindergarten to the garden

    Chosen from among 1,800 Kentucky Proud Farmers, Brooke Eckmann of Ambrosia Farm in Finchville, has been selected as one of three honorees for the 2014 Local Food Hero.

    In its second year, the award recognizes farmers whom not only grow delicious food, but also contribute to their communities by conserving water, soil and wildlife.

    “It’s really unbelievable to me to be chosen from among the local farmers, let alone across the state, we have great farmers in the area,” Eckmann said.

  • WICHE: Bumper crop of squash not a sure thing

    You know all the jokes about people having bumper crops of summer squash? 

    Squash shows up in people’s cars or in public spaces because there is so much that the gardener can’t even give it away.  Well, that’s never really been a problem for me. 

    I have a little bit of that problem this year, and I give credit to the variety and the fact that it was plated later than usual.  Others, however, have not been so blessed.

  • Ag report: Aug. 15, 2014

    Master Gardener

    classes forming

    Interested in becoming a Shelby County Master Gardener? Classes will start in early October and will be held in the evenings at the Shelby County Cooperative Extension office. An informational session that details the cost, class schedule, class and service requirements and more will be held on Monday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Extension office, 1117 Frankfort Road. To register for the Master Gardener class information session, call 633-4593.

     

  • Comer’s first stop, Shelbyville

     

    Just a little more than a week after announcing his plan to run for governor of Kentucky, Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer started his campaign trail in Shelby County.

    Monday morning, a small crowd of about 30 Shelby County citizens gathered outside of W.J. Andriots Paint, Flooring and Blinds on Main Street in Shelbyville to hear the Republican candidate speak about his vision for Kentucky’s future.

  • A business as sweet as honey

    There is a serious buzz around the new business of friends and neighbors Dr. George Raque and Steve Smith.

    Over the past five years the two have been working together to build one very sweet business. Raque and Smith are the co-owners of Bee Boys Honey, a quickly growing Shelbyville business.

    Never heard of them? That’s about to change.

    “We just started going after it,” Smith said, explaining that they just began selling their honey commercially over the past year.

  • WICHE: Crabgrass history reveals multiple uses

    After the big rain we had I hit the weeds – most of which involved wrangling ever-expanding globs of crabgrass. 

    Yes, this is the time when crabgrass rears its ugly head and begins to creep through our fescue lawns, sneak into our cultivated beds and, when we’re not looking, reseeds itself to ensure the continuation of the species. Okay, maybe a little melodramatic but my hands still hurt from all that pulling!