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Why we need farmers

By Jessica Domel If you stop by any garden center, you can buy the seeds, load up your soil and even buy nutrients to help your garden grow. So, why do we need large-scale farms? I’ve heard these questions asked a number of times, especially as the locavore movement gained traction. If I can grow [...]

5 Dips for Cinco de Mayo

By Kelly Bogard Fiesta! Happy Cinco de Mayo! Let's celebrate with lots of Tex-Mex flavors and fun. From small family meals to a big party, this week's recipes are sure to gather a bunch of hungry people. Let's enjoy today with five super dips for your holiday festivities. All of these recipes are quick and [...]

Stewards of the land

By Shala Watson Driving along the interstate, you see the occasional field with crops growing. On the back roads, they’re even more common. To some, that’s all it is—a field. But to farmers and ranchers, that soil is so much more. It’s potential. It’s the future of our food, fiber and fuel. That’s why farmers [...]

Texas farmers share their tips for selecting good fruit

By Jessica Domel Squeeze. Thump. Sniff. I’ve seen, and tried, it all. But what is truly the best way to pick good produce for your family? How do you get the best bang for your buck? Today, our Texas farmers share their tips for selecting good fruit. When checking out grapefruit, look for a nice, [...]

Top 5 favorite things about spring on the farm

By Julie Tomascik The sights, smells and sounds of agriculture are alive in the spring. The days get a little longer. We have cool mornings. Warm days. A little humidity—after all, it is Texas. And gorgeous sunsets. Spring is a time of renewal, a season of growth and a chance to rejuvenate the soul. It’s [...]

Dirt Pudding

By Kelly Bogard Dirt. Soil. Land. Mud. Whatever you call it, this is the time of year to dig into it. It's planting season here in Texas. Across the state, different crops are going in the ground. Some are well into the growing stage. Others are ready to be harvested. That's just one part of [...]