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Posted on 29 March 2013 by

Garden Inspired Christmas Ornaments

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Photo Credit: Christmas Tree 2004 by Scott Feldstein used under CC BY 2.0

By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

The other day, I was looking through a book that specialized in Christmas ornaments that showcased a certain profession.

Teachers and nurses were some of the common occupations that were represented.

There was even an auto mechanic inspired ornament, which I jumped on for my son.

But there was not one for one of the oldest occupations and that is …………………..not what you are thinking.

Instead, the occupation I am referring to is farming.

The term “farming” can mean several things. The use of plants, animals, and a combination of both can be used to describe a person who is a farmer. But those Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 25 December 2011 by

Walk down Christmas Tree Lane


By Mindy McIntosh-Shetter

My childhood was like a country song by Barbara Mandrell.

Her saying “I was country when country wasn’t cool” completely describes my life.

My first five years of life were spent in a large city in Kentucky.

But social turmoil was going on and my dad did not want me involved in it when I started school so we moved to the country in Indiana.

At first it seemed I was the odd girl out. I started first grade at 5 years old and was just overly different then my classmates. I am part Native American and my appearance did not match the German ancestors that were in my classes. As time went on, I became more and more a tomboy, naturalist, environmentalist and when agriculture classes opened up for girls an agriculturist.

My dad always depended on me to take care of the farm. As a matter of fact, I was Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 10 December 2008 by

It’s Time for Poinsettias!

By Vanessa Richins

I am spending the month of December in Southern California.

I had the opportunity to take a tour of the Paul Ecke Poinsettia Ranch, a leading producer of poinsettias.

Did you know that, despite only being sold for approximately six weeks every year, poinsettias are the most sold potted plant?

I also learned that poinsettias started as cut “flowers” (the colored parts are actually bracts, a modified type of leaf. The true, small flowers are in the center). They were later developed for use as potted plants. The Paul Ecke Poinsettia Ranch has been developing a long stem cut-type over the past 30 years. The bracts are also curled, making these look like roses.

Poinsettias aren’t just red anymore. I saw many shades of Read the rest of this entry »


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