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Two black chickens in a garden.

Scratch, peck, dirt bath. Repeat.

If you know what this phrase refers to, you probably own backyard chickens. 


5 Tips to Reduce Back-to-School Stress

July 18, 2024

School is right around the corner! For those whose children are in schools with year-round schedules, the first day of class is coming up sooner rather than later. 

A woman at a farmers market

Tips for Shopping Farmers Markets

July 16, 2024

Shopping at your local farmers market is a great way to add more nutritious foods to your diet, eat in-season produce, and support and connect with local farmers and the agriculture industry.

A bowl of Mango Berry Rotini Salad.

The Food Factor: Mango Berry Rotini Salad

July 9, 2024

Mangos, berries, spinach, and feta cheese make for a colorful twist on pasta salad, with the perfect balance of sweet and tangy.

Canned Vegetables in Mason Jars

Canning In-Season Produce

July 7, 2024

There’s nothing more delicious than fruits and vegetables fresh from the garden! An easy way to preserve the freshness of your favorite summer produce is by learning how to can!

A woman in a kitchen holds a bowl of bruschetta salad.

The Food Factor: Bruschetta Salad

July 2, 2024

Want a light lunch, dinner or side dish? This bruschetta salad might be just what you're looking for!

Magnolia bloom with dark green leaves.

Tree of the Month: Southern Magnolia

June 28, 2024

Close your eyes and think back to your childhood.

A brown tick on a finger.

How to Prevent Tick Bites

June 26, 2024

There’s nothing like spending time in the great outdoors! Whether you’re camping or hiking, or even gardening or lounging, it’s important to protect yourself from ticks. 

A well maintained landscape.

Summer Lawn Guide

June 21, 2024

When it comes to lawn care, summer is one of the busiest times of the year.

Two women and a child stand behind a kitchen counter filled with ingredients to make a smoothie

Celebrate Dairy Month with Smoothies

June 19, 2024

June is National Dairy Month! As the temperatures rise, it is a great time to cool off with a tasty and nutritious dairy-based smoothie.

Honey in a jar.

How to Label Honey

June 14, 2024

There is nothing like the taste of a sweet spoon of honey. The versatility of honey makes it a very useful item to have around the kitchen, and for that reason, raising honeybees and selling the honey has become increasingly popular.

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