Price Controls and Subsidies!!

Lets explore Price Controls and Subsidies. My second favorite thing to Google search. Whats the first you ask? Tea cup pigs inside teacups! Duh. Back on track now. According to the Cambridge Dictionary. A price control is a limit set by government on the price that can be charged by companies for particular goods or services. Sounds great! I think. I am stuck asking myself Why? Why do we need price controls? According to Investopediacom price controls are “usually implemented as a means of direct economic intervention to manage the affordability of ...

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Beekeeping Newsletter is a Wealth of Information

Thanks to tireless effort by the Polk Beekeeper Association and David Smith, you can gain a wealth of geographically specific knowledge about beekeeping by signing up for their newsletters. It can take alot of time to craft and create well designed & thorough emails and these newsletters have that facet in spades. Check out their most recent Newsletter below (or click here for this issue and past issues) and sign up for them by clicking here! Polk County Beekeeper's Association Meeting January ...

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Groundswell International mentions New Curriculum

This is a cross post from Groundswell International - the amazing nonprofit that GRO partnered with on our Grow Food Where People Live project discussing the amazing resource we received from UNCA. Check it out! New Curriculum Tackles Food Insecurity in Rural US JANUARY 9, 2018  BY GROUNDSWELL We are pleased to announce the publication of the Grow Food Where People Live gardening and food curriculum produced in partnership with the University of North Carolina Asheville (UNCA) and The McCullough Institute for Conservation, Land Use and Environmental ...

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Insectopia!!!

This post is split into two parts. Part 1 will be text and part 2 will be an amazing video linked at the bottom. There are many wonders between heaven and earth, but sometimes one needs to look just below their feet to find things unimaginable! Tens of thousands intelligent organisms living in subterranean megalopolis’s all around the world may be more common then we think. It is possible that you pass buy them everyday with out the faintest idea. Looking at this structure it is easy to speculate that an architect was at the forefront of the design and ...

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Good Ole Chicken Egg

I can remember eating chicken eggs since I was a young lad, but up until recently I never gave them a second thought. After helping take care of chickens and now wanting chickens of my own I seem to have developed an intrigue and a desire to know more about the EGG. After traveling deep into the Himalayan mountains to find the secrets of the allusive chicken egg, I realized I could just google it and save myself a lot of time. Putting it simply there are EIGHT main parts to the chicken egg.  The inner and outer membrane, shell, yolk, vitelline membrane, air cell, ...

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A Break from the Office

Last week, in preparation for the upcoming holiday, I took a break from the office and experienced the art of poultry processing for the first time. Having grown up in an urban environment I was never exposed to processing of any variety and always accepted my meat as it came—in a neatly-packaged-plastic-covered carton. I’m interested in knowing where my meat is sourced, the procedures involved in meat processing, and, should an occasion arise where I need to kill and process an animal on my own, I’d like to have the skills to do so. So when Dawn asked if I’d like ...

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6 simple ways to support local food and farms

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A Sustainable Ag Education

Between starting the AmeriCorps gig, learning the ropes of Agricultural Economic Development in Polk County, and exploring the diverse communities and landscapes of WNC, the past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind.  An exciting whirlwind! Which has included a valuable professional development experience that I’d like to share now that things have quieted down a bit. From November 4th to November 6th, 2016, the Polk County Farms team got to attend the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (CFSA) Sustainable Agriculture Conference in Durham, NC.  As someone ...

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Some (holiday) food for thought

For me, food is one of the highlights of the holiday season. Actually… let’s be serious.  Eating is one of my most favorite activities, in general, at any time of year. However, the act of gathering with family and friends and chowing down on some lovingly prepared holiday food is particularly special to me.  And that’s what I appreciate so much about agriculture; the food that our farmers cultivate has an ability to bring people together.  I’ve been lucky to get to experience this through the monthly Polk County Friends of Agriculture Breakfast. ...

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Agricultural Attractions of Polk County

This past Saturday, I took my nephew Samuel with me for a morning of agriculture related events. Our first stop was to a demonstration of a piece of equipment called a Commercial Brush Mulcher, which was recently added to the line of services offered by a local company.  Before we were even out of the car, Samuel said, “That thing is cool!” Now, you have to understand that this statement is coming from an eight-year-old boy who has both of his wrists in casts.  The question that is probably coming to your mind is, “How did he manage that?” And my response has ...

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