Gary Boyd guessed correctly right off the bat: the boy’s been around (country places). Last week after having a blogger’s lunch (Doug Thompson and Colleen Redman, who joined us accidentally for coffee) I stopped by the Jacksonville Center to explore the possibilities of my Note Cards being made available in the Retail Store there. I spotted a familiar personality disappearing into the door of the old concrete silo–a prominent feature about which there has been talk for years: how can we use the structure …

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Inefficiency: energy converted uselessly to heat of friction and incompletely burned energy residues: air and water pollutants. The answer: Efficiency boosts–a much better solution to having more energy and less waste (including famously: greenhouse gases). Here’s a snippet from a piece by Lester Brown on Huffingtonpost.com “ One crucial area of focus, a step we can take essentially immediately, is raising energy efficiency–especially in the United States. When the Bush administration released a new energy plan in April 2001 that called for construction of …

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“Most people of my grandparents’ generation had an intuitive sense of agricultural basics: when various fruits and vegetables come into season, which ones keep through the winter, how to preserve the others. On what day autumn’s frost will likely fall on their county, and when to expect the last one in spring. Which crops can be planted before the last frost, and which must wait. What animals and vegetables thrive in one’s immediate region and how to live well on those, with little else …

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Join Jason Rutledge, the Healing Harvest Forest Foundation, and Virginia Forest Watch for a demonstration of what it means to be a Biological Woodsman serving the forested community of Copper Hill. Meet at the Apple Ridge Farm on Pine Forest Road in Copper Hill at 1:00 pm on March 24 to carpool to the demonstration. For more information telephone 929-4222. I’m going (read more about it). So is my camera. See you there. Jason is a Floyd County low-impact horse-logger. And while you’re thinking …

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This is a comment to yesterday’s post, Floyd Among the Giants. This seemed a discussion worthy of more. This is a real conundrum. Of course we want to live in a place that is a nice, comfortable and attractive, and off the beaten path. We want the town and county to survive, even prosper, but it’s chief “product” perhaps is the lifestyle and setting that will be destroyed if enjoyed by too many living too close–or too many at once on a weekend or …

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