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Greetings from Camp Couchdale – FFA camp a summer sanctuary

It might be called Camp Couchdale. But there’s certainly not much sitting around. Especially in the summer months, when scores of spirited FFA (Future Farmers of America) students descend on the camp as they’ve done for decades. There will be all manner of activity, including zany water games, rigorous ropes courses, manual service projects and

Arkansas Virtual Youth Tour 2021 – Keeping it local

What do you do when, for the second summer in a row, the electric cooperatives’ national Youth Tour to Washington, D.C., is canceled?  You improvise.  Usually dozens of Arkansas students — rising seniors chosen from their electric cooperatives — join students chosen from other states’ rural electric cooperatives for an eventful week in Washington, D.C.

‘No Deposit, No Return’ 

  I grew up on a small farm in Keokuk, Iowa, at the end of a gravel road with a gravel driveway that was often filled with chickens pecking around in the dirt. As kids, my brother, Craig, and I were always looking for ways to make money, and one of our favorite ways was

At 50, Monte Ne Inn is still a spring chicken

Fried chicken is a Southern staple, and I have great memories of my family enjoying many meals of my grandma’s fried chicken, and all of the fixings, as we sat around several tables. When I recently visited the Monte Ne Inn in Rogers, I felt like my aunts, uncles and cousins would soon join me

Uniquely Arkansas – a yearning for Yarnell’s

Cone and get it! It’s ice cream season in The Natural State. And no ice cream is more Arkansas than Yarnell’s. Yes, the Searcy-based business — founded by Ray Yarnell in 1932 and family-owned until 10 years ago — was bought by Schulze & Burch Biscuit Company out of Chicago in 2011, when Yarnell’s finances

Sublime(ade) light recipes, from gazpacho to coconut corn

When the oppressive August heat takes hold, I want light fare. Luckily, there’s a wealth of fresh vegetables and herbs available. A light vegetable dip is always perfect this time of year, so I make Dill Tzatziki Dip, which is good with veggies or pita chips. Corn on the cob is a summer joy, and

Recipes from our readers

This time of year, gardeners often have an overabundance of zucchini — so much so that Aug. 8 has been designated National Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day! Luckily, our readers have come through with an abundance of zucchini recipes that are sure to “produce” smiles. Zucchini Appetizers Makes about 4 dozen. 2

Start planning, planting now for a ‘radishing’ fall garden

We had an unusual growing season. It started with winter recovery, continued with a wet late spring/early summer and was followed by fluctuating temperatures all summer. A few gardeners had bumper crops, but many others lost plants to heavy rains, insects or diseases. If your garden has seen better days, cut your losses and replant

When to DIY and when to hire a pro

One reason to DIY (do it yourself) instead of hire a contractor for your home’s energy efficiency projects is if you’re convinced you can do a better job. Naturally, this depends on the scope of the project and how knowledgeable you are about the work. And there are additional reasons to tackle a home energy