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Go Fly a DIY Kite!

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By Amanda Bancroft March 22 marked the 24th anniversary of an event dear to Mary Poppin’s heart: “Art with an Altitude” Kite Festival at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. This was my first time attending the festival, and the experience taught me a lot about fancy thousand-dollar kites as well as inexpensive ones made of plastic…

Spring Salads

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By Amanda Bancroft Eating local foods in the springtime, as with any season, depends not only on what can be grown in our local region but also on the weather and ingredients we have access to, whether they’re from a grocery store, farmer’s market, or our own personal greenhouse, hoop house, or walipini (underground greenhouse)….

Walipinis: Grow Food Underground

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By Amanda Bancroft A walipini is an underground greenhouse that lets you grow food year-round. The name “walipini” comes from the Aymara Native American language and means “a place of warmth.” The idea was first developed in Bolivia, South America. Walipinis are currently promoted as a potential answer to difficult growing conditions due to drought,…

Native and Ever Green

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By Amanda Bancroft “Evergreen trees play a big role for wildlife in your backyard during winter, so it’s important to understand our native evergreens to promote the best habitat we can for native species.” Readers Ask: Are evergreen trees really native to Arkansas? People have different interpretations of the term “native”, but if it was…

Ice is Nice

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By Amanda Bancroft If your recent winter interactions with ice have been altogether negative, I empathize. It’s abundantly clear to most of us why ice storms, slick roads and slippery sidewalks are hazards that make us yearn for summer-like Olaf the snowman in Disney’s recent release, Frozen. But not as obvious are the ways we…