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This ain’t your granddaddy’s Extension System Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Michael Callahan Perplexed about when to plant kale or collard greens? The Alabama Cooperative Extension System has a workshop for that. Want your teenagers to learn money-management skills or more about healthy eating? Alabama Extension has programs for that, too. Need to […]

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Backwoods Whitetails

Deer farm in Odenville building a brand, bringing visitors’ smiles Story  by Carol Pappas Photos by Susan Wall Photos courtesy of Backwoods Whitetails Drive through the gates of Backwoods Whitetails in Odenville, and you can’t help but sense you are about to witness something very special. Wind through the property of rolling pastures, a canopy […]

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Faulkner Farms

From tomatoes to cattle, Cash brothers eyeing success Story by Leigh Pritchett Photos by Susan Wall Among the numerous farms along St. Clair County Road 33 is one reminiscent of Wyoming’s countryside. Its great expanse of grazing land is bordered by gently sloping, tree-lined hills. Artesian-fed Beaver Creek winds through the 471 acres, tumbling over […]

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Farm to Table

St. Clair County style food Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Susan Wall Styling by Renee Lilly Home-grown and home-cooked are as common as kudzu around St. Clair County. You don’t have to go far to pick blueberries, find fresh eggs, fresh produce or grass-fed beef and pork, or to satisfy your sweet tooth. […]

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Dayspring Dairy

Sheep-shearing, cheese tasting at Alabama’s only sheep dairy Story by Elaine Hobson Miller Photos by Susan Wall It was like a cross between a fiber-arts convention and a school field trip. Some came for the free fleece, some to see the sheep, others to taste the cheese. Sheep-shearing is an annual January event at Dayspring […]

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Hazelwood’s Greenhouses & Nursery

A quarter century of growing nature’s beauty in St. Clair Story by Carol Pappas Photos by Susan Wall John Hazelwood squinted as a streak of sunlight parted cloudy skies above, accentuating the creases in his face – the unmistakable signature of a man whose earned them in a lifetime spent outdoors. It is outside at […]

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