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Which came first, an interest in sourcing our own food or having a lot more time on our hands? A generation planting victory gardens gave way to factory farms, and then to our reliance on stocking our pantries from grocery aisles. Soon, most people no longer knew where a cut of meat came from or the seasonal nature of...
On March 16, the Merriam Webster dictionary broke with its longstanding policy of slow, deliberate acceptance of new words to issue an early update that added about a dozen words to its online lexicon. All of them were—you guessed it—related to the Coronavirus pandemic. Lookups of words like COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, and quarantine had increased exponentially since January. The...
Private efforts help churches Clients of Disciple’s Kitchen are always well fed by the consortium of churches that collaborate to serve them each week. But they may have noticed a certain professional flair to the lunches distributed in mid-April. That’s because the lunches were furnished by Scratch Kitchen, the Nelson County food truck associated with The Brewing Tree, both owned...
The sign by a Bob Evans restaurant in West Virginia proudly touted their “Buckeye Hotcakes.”  Sounds tasty—presuming that there not made with actual buckeyes, that is.  Buckeyes are poisonous.  You’d have to think that they meant buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum, a crop plant that is indeed edible and occasionally added to pancakes. Buckeyes are the large brown toxic fruits of the...
Imagine that   In the fall of 2019, fifth grade teacher Betsy Agee decided to put together a Destination Imagination (DI) team at Crozet Elementary School. The School had never had a DI team before, but Agee had seen the challenge-based, problem-solving competitions in action at other schools and thought, “Why not here?” “Eagle Time is our after-school enrichment program run...
Years ago, bluebirds were abundant in the open fields they like to inhabit. But man inadvertently did away with the hollow trees they used for nesting sites, and rural land began developing into congested urban areas. The remaining trees were taken over by more aggressive birds, such as the house sparrow and starlings.  This resulted in a severe decline...
“Up and down.” That’s how local teachers described the early weeks after schools were shuttered across Virginia in March. “When school closed and we didn’t have much information, I told that this whole experience was like being on a roller coaster ride, and I was on the ride with them holding their hand!” said Crozet Elementary third grade...
During this time of social distancing, farmers are going the extra mile to ensure our community still has access to fresh food. The Nelson Farmers Market has invited vendors to setup online ordering platforms for customers to place pre-orders. Those listed at nelsonfarmersmarket.com offer Saturday deliveries at the Nelson Farmers Market grounds in Nellysford.  In compliance with the Governor’s orders,...
The Spanish Flu hit Albemarle County like a freight train, killing 41-year-old Scottsville carpenter Bruce Hackett on Sept. 30, 1918, a Monday. Within days, 27 more citizens had died, some within 12 hours of their first symptoms. It didn’t spare the young and healthy in that awful week: the death toll included a baby, some pre-schoolers, a university student,...
“In this time of home isolation and other measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, the Piedmont Master Gardeners are encouraging local households to grow more of their own food,” announced a May 1 press release from the Piedmont Master Gardeners Association (PMG), a part of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. “Call it a ‘Virus Victory Garden.’” “Like the wartime Victory...

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Trending Now: Chicken Keeping

Which came first, an interest in sourcing our own food or having a lot more time on our hands? A generation planting victory gardens...

Viral Words and Coronacoinages

On March 16, the Merriam Webster dictionary broke with its longstanding policy of slow, deliberate acceptance of new words to issue an early update...

Religion News: May 2020

Private efforts help churches Clients of Disciple’s Kitchen are always well fed by the consortium of churches that collaborate to serve them each week. But...

In the Garden: Poison Pancakes

The sign by a Bob Evans restaurant in West Virginia proudly touted their “Buckeye Hotcakes.”  Sounds tasty—presuming that there not made with actual buckeyes,...

School Notes: May 2020

Imagine that   In the fall of 2019, fifth grade teacher Betsy Agee decided to put together a Destination Imagination (DI) team at Crozet Elementary...

Backroads: Bluebirds: A Colorful Comeback

Years ago, bluebirds were abundant in the open fields they like to inhabit. But man inadvertently did away with the hollow trees they used...

Schooling Under Quarantine

“Up and down.” That’s how local teachers described the early weeks after schools were shuttered across Virginia in March. “When school closed and we...