April 16, 2014

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Using manure can help reduce fertilizer bills Print E-mail

With the high costs of fertilizer, you may want to consider animal manure from your own farm or one nearby to provide nutrients to your crops and reduce your fertilizer bill at the same time.

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Teaching the importance of compassion to children Print E-mail

The holiday season is a time for giving thanks and giving back.  Now is the perfect time of year to teach children the importance of community service and nurture the spirit of giving.

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Understanding your risks for ovarian cancer Print E-mail

Ovarian cancer is often considered a silent killer, because many times, women do not know they have it until it is too late. Ovarian cancer accounts for 3 percent of all cancers diagnosed in women and is the deadliest gynecological cancer.

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Poinsettias for the holidays Print E-mail

Traditional red and green colors are well represented in the flowers available for the holidays. Poinsettias, the most popular and spectacular holiday flowers, can combine both these colors.

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Why Kentucky needs a farm bill Print E-mail

By: John W. McCauley, Farm Service Agency & Thomas G. Fern, Rural Development

This fall, Congress has an important opportunity to create jobs and grow the economy by passing a long-term, comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill. The Farm Bill impacts every American, every day by providing a wide range of programs that strengthen our nation.

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Homegrown by Heroes goes national: Kentucky brand will help veterans across the United States Print E-mail

Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announces that Kentucky’s Homegrown by Heroes program will be expanded to the national level. Photo by: Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

A Kentucky initiative to identify farm products produced by veterans will become a national brand, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer announced on Veterans Day at the Frazier History Museum in Louisville.

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The Ky. Agriculture Water Quality Act Print E-mail

The Agriculture Water Quality Act was passed by the Kentucky Legislature in 1994. It states that landowners with 10 or more acres in agricultural production must develop a water quality plan. If you farm 10 or more acres or plan to harvest trees on 10 or more acres in Kentucky, then you are required by state law to implement an agriculture water quality plan.

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4-H and civic engagement go together Print E-mail

The skills taught throughout 4-H prepare youth for opportunities for community involvement, with the idea that good leaders naturally give back to their community in a variety of meaningful ways.

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Navigating the holidays as a caregiver Print E-mail

Caregiving can be stressful, and these stresses can be exacerbated around the holidays as you are faced with added responsibilities and obligations. Whether this is your first holiday season as a caregiver or you have been providing care for years, you can do several things to make the holidays easier on you, the person you’re caring for and your extended family and friends by following the recommendations below.

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Fox Run announces contest to promote new online education program Print E-mail

Fox Run Produce and Education Center, a sustainable farm located in Falmouth, Kentucky, will be offering online courses starting in 2014. Online classes covering topics in self-sufficiency, livestock care, alternative energy/green building, organic gardening, and natural living will be offered. We are having a contest to give away 14 free classes - one per each class offered! The contest will run from November 1, 2014 to December 30, 2014.

Entry is located at http://www.foxrunproduce.com/form/win-a-free-online-class-from-fox-run

To see our class list -  http://www.foxrunproduce.com/online-class-list.

Ame Vanorio, owner/operator, says this is a “natural extension” for the farm. Ame has been teaching onsite classes, community education programs and presenting at national conferences about sustainability for over 20 years. “Online classes are a way to bring people together who are otherwise unable to attend. Our uncertain economy is such that people feel a real need to be more self-sufficient and independent. Our classes help people do that in a supportive, positive atmosphere.”

At Fox Run Produce and Education Center we strive to maintain harmony with our environment in all things we do and are completely off grid. We use sustainable organic farming methods, treating our land like a living organism and raising livestock naturally. Education is the cornerstone of our business. As well as offering classes we host interns, offer weekend intensives, and work with local high schools and colleges to promote agricultural and environmental programs.

For more information please contact: Ame Vanorio, Fox Run Produce and Education Center by calling 859-242-1037, emailing  foxrunproduce@yahoo.com or visit the website at www.foxrunproduce.com.

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