Green Stuff

The State Of Our Drinking Water

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By Terrah Baker The Beaver Lake Watershed Symposium held Sept. 27 at the Carroll Electric building in Huntsville was designed to teach about the water quality of Beaver Lake, the outreach programs taking place and best management practices that are being applied within the watershed. NWA Council “Protects” Lake Considering statistics show NWA is adding…

Dickey Farms Offers Pumpkins, Research, Farm Experience

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Dickey Farms

  By Terrah Baker David Dickey said some of his first, and fondest, memories are wandering through his dad’s organic garden in California before he was five. He didn’t know then that he’d spend his entire professional career in the agricultural field, and especially that he’d start his own small farm implementing overarching sustainable practices…

Benefit Dinner To Celebrate Local, Share Global

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Local Organization Helps Support Exiled, Organic Tibetan Farmers By Terrah Baker Pennies for Partnerships started as a fundraising entity to support already existing programs in the exiled Tibetan communities now living in India, explained founder and director Leann Halsey. The Indian government granted land to the Tibetan people who come from a farming culture thousands…

Urban Farm Builds Community Food Web Model

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By Terrah Baker It was about a year ago that Tri Cycle Farms held its First Annual Pesto Fest. Local pesto aficionados came together with their best recipes and joined the community in music, pesto tasting, donating and a silent auction. The community, urban farm teaching people how to “grow community through soil” looked ready…

Compassion Games Bring Kindness To NWA

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Compassion Games

Four Principles of Compassion: 1. To cultivate a disposition of loving-kindness and respect for ourselves. 2. To exhibit that in each human we interact with. 3. To commit to the service of others — in our neighborhoods, communities, and across the world. 4. To adopt an open-mindedness — and generative, generous spirit that leads to…

Planting The Seeds Of The Future: An Interview With Chris Conrad

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Hemp

  By Rita Baldini For centuries, industrial hemp (plant species Cannabis sativa) has been a source of fiber and oilseed manufactured worldwide for a variety of industrial and consumer products. Currently, more than 30 countries cultivate industrial hemp as an agricultural commodity, sold on the market all around the world. However, in the United States,…

Spay Arkansas Reaches 10,000th Clients

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Milestone Helps Further Dream Of World With No Homeless Pets Staff Report Spay Arkansas, host of low-cost spay and neuter services, performed its 10,000th surgery Aug. 22. In honor of the milestone, the 10,000th client received a free surgery and gift basket. Spay Arkansas is a non-profit organization founded in 2007 by Marcia Donley, of…

Aqualine: A Renewable Energy Thriller

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Staff Report A new thriller focused on renewable energy by P.K. Brown has just been released by a Maryland-based publishing company, PublishAmerica, whose owners are “fundamentally opposed to issuing contracts that contain any publishing fees,” and “was founded on the premise that a book is worth publication if there are even the seeds of a…

The High Voltage Bridge from Nowhere to Nowhere

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SWEPCO

Special Contribution By Mikel Lolley AEP/SWEPCO is requesting the Arkansas Public Service Commission (PSC) approve a 345,000 volt transmission line from Benton County to Carroll County, carried atop 180-foot tall towers, requiring a 150-foot wide swath of denuded right-of-way, and cutting right across the most scenic part of the “Natural State.” The cost, about a…