Archive for 2010

Feeding the World

Thursday, December 16th, 2010
Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, we are in the spirit of giving. We reflect on our own abundance and consider those who are less fortunate. (more…)

Poinsettia Care

Thursday, December 9th, 2010
On black Friday I wake in the wee hours of the morning to begin Christmas shopping and also purchase my favorite and the world’s most popular house plant, the poinsettia. I just love them. (more…)

Thomas Jefferson’s Soil

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010
We needed a vacation, time away from the hustle and bustle of our busy lives. This time it was to Virginia to visit family. (more…)

Thank a Farmer

Thursday, November 18th, 2010
As Thanksgiving approaches, I reflect more about the things I should be grateful for. In my daughter’s third grade class they are preparing a Thanksgiving play that portrays the Thanksgiving feast (more…)

Winter Moisture

Friday, November 12th, 2010
There is some kind of natural attraction between a toddler and a garden hose. Everyone is going to get wet, except for the plant I am trying to water. Watering is a yearlong chore at our house. (more…)

Lawn Envy

Friday, November 5th, 2010
Fall is here and full of gorgeous days. I often catch myself saying, “What a beautiful day?” Fortunately there are many things a gardener can do to purposely be outside and take advantage of the cool weather. (more…)

Helping Communities Grow Program Expands to California

Thursday, November 4th, 2010
We are so excited to announce the expansion of the Nutrients for Life Foundation's Helping Communities Grow program is open to FFA chapters in California. (more…)

Broccoli Harvest

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
Our fall garden has just a few remaining plants. We have patiently been waiting for the broccoli to mature. It takes about 60 days for broccoli transplants or 80 days for seeds to grow into full maturity. (more…)

Diggin Dirt at Durham

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
I love teachers. They are a group of men and women whose career choice is more like a calling to them than a job. From my large farm family in Southeastern Idaho, only one corporate guy, me, emerged. The rest found their callings in education, farming, or small business.  So I was thrilled when I received an invitation from Harriet to represent the Nutrients for Life Foundation at Teacher’s Night at the amazing Durham Museum in downtown Omaha. It just so happened that the Durham had just opened their headline exhibit, “Dig It! The Secrets of Soil,” direct from the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.  For anyone who happened to miss this interactive and fun exhibit about soils in Washington, D.C., I suggest you book a flight to Omaha.  The venue at the Durham is just as roomy, parking is a heckuva lot cheaper, (aka, free) and who knows, maybe Warren Buffet will drop by while you are there. Teachers poured into the Durham that Friday night from Nebraska and Iowa to be treated like royalty by the Museum with free admission, free drinks, and platters full of free food. More than 50 exhibitors like me were lined up throughout the museum to offer our wares, and try to connect with this most important demographic slice of our society. The teachers were given large plastic bags, and they dutifully walked from exhibitor to exhibitor, sometimes in groups, and sometimes alone. As you would expect teachers to do, they were interested in learning from exhibitors, and of course, filling their large plastic bags with anything they could take back to their schools. They seemed fascinated with the materials that we were offering from Nutrients for Life. In fact, 50 teachers signed up to begin using the Nutrients for…

Planting Garlic (The Stinking Rose)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010
Last summer a fellow gardener shared her home grown garlic with us. We added it to our homemade salsa. It was so good! She made garlic production sound fun and easy. (more…)

Foundation Expands Helping Communities Grow Program

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
We are so excited to announce the expansion of the Nutrients for Life Foundation Helping Communities Grow recognition program open to FFA chapters. (more…)