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Do You Know about the Harmony between Tobacco, Soybeans, and Cotton?

testingDo You Know about the Harmony between Tobacco, Soybeans, and Cotton?

A crop will tap nutrients from the soil, therefore it can’t be planted in the same field two years in a row. In fact, it’s on a three-year cycle. In North Carolina, many farms rotate between tobacco, soybeans, and cotton. I wonder if they grow all three simultaneously on different fields to diversify against the […]

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Did You Know that Hollering was Fundamental Communication on Farms?

testingDid You Know that Hollering was Fundamental Communication on Farms?

Sitting on a buggy field in Spivey’s Corner, NC for the National Hollerin’ Contest (note: no “g” at the end of hollerin’) and it turns out there’s history, function, and art–it’s not just seeing who can yell the loudest. Holler at You Later In the days before phones (which far outnumber the days since we’ve […]

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In Search of the Venus Flytrap

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I had a scrap of paper, saved from some magazine read years ago, that said the Green Swamp Preserve in Wilmington NC is home to Venus Flytraps. In fact, they grow natively in the U.S. only on North and South Carolina. I can only affirm this via collateral and websites, as I never laid eyes […]

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When the Journey IS the Destination: The Glory of the Blue Ridge Parkway

testingWhen the Journey IS the Destination: The Glory of the Blue Ridge Parkway

Views from the Blue Ridge Parkway   It’s not often that the journey actually IS the destination. When driving on the Blue Ridge Parkway, this is most definitely the case. Sure, you may have a place to go, but the going is a delight and you’re happy to let it take a while. Pause for […]

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Why the Smoky Mountains are called “Smoky”

testingWhy the Smoky Mountains are called “Smoky”

Look at the vista: nine horizons! And all a bit blurred and foggy, which is exactly why the mountains are named Smoky. For the fog that fills the valleys. some say it’s because of emissions from the flora and fauna. I don’t know how all of that would work, all I know is that it’s […]

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