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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…