Macon County Chronicle

Opinions and Blogs

The Truth In Love… Take It or Leave It.

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000182 EndHTML:0000002637 StartFragment:0000002363 EndFragment:0000002601 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/onits/ruralviewpoints.doc

The wise King Solomon wrote, “Buy the truth and sell it not…Proverbs 23:23), but most seem more interested in selling the truth than buying it. Our times desperately need the truth, but they need it in love.

Continue reading
  161 Hits
  0 Comments
161 Hits
0 Comments

Potatoes

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000191 EndHTML:0000003062 StartFragment:0000002372 EndFragment:0000003026 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/.Trash/obits%2011-06-54/barefootfarmer.doc

The potatoes are tucked into the soft ground up on the Purcell Hill. We use potatoes to build better soil. This year we planted 1700 pounds of seed potatoes.

The fields were well composted and turned last fall. The land was hard packed, it hadn’t been plowed in a generation or more. A typical ridge, the clay was yellow and the top soil thin; allowing plenty of room for improvement.

Early in the spring we rebroke it with the chisel plow, and I decided it needed more compost. Easter weekend found me spreading another 33 loads and plowing it in, finishing up by headlights.

Continue reading
  136 Hits
  0 Comments
136 Hits
0 Comments

Wanted!

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000191 EndHTML:0000003447 StartFragment:0000002373 EndFragment:0000003411 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/Jimmy%E2%80%99s%20column.doc


Wanted: caring people who view fellow humans as having worth, as having been made in the image of God. The sick, the young, the elderly, the handicapped, the dying are too often viewed as a nuisance in our selfish and uncaring society.

Recently a lady by the name of Ellen Delaney-Ball, a native of West Virginia, but living in Nashville, passed away at the Palace in Red Boiling Springs. Her body was carried to the Anderson & Son Funeral Home in RBS, but no relative even claimed it. After a few days, she was laid to rest at the Whitley Cemetery in Red Boiling Springs. Macon Bank & Trust, Citizens Bank and Lafayette Broadcasting cared enough, that each sent a wreath of flowers. Not a single relative came to cry and say goodbye. She died without family and she was buried without family. Sadly enough, this is repeated daily in our country. The uncaring are legion. Wanted: those who will care.

Continue reading
  144 Hits
  0 Comments
144 Hits
0 Comments

Blueberries

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000181 EndHTML:0000005355 StartFragment:0000002364 EndFragment:0000005319 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/barefootfarmer.doc Blueberries grow well in Tennessee. There is a big patch of Hwy 231 before the bridge over the Cumberland River, and one across from the winery in Macon County. We have a small patch for our own use, but just planted another row on the farm.                                                                                                                     

A friend in Summertown invited me over to dig some plugs from an old patch near where he lives. New shoots were coming up everywhere, and in a few hours we had about 50 of them in pots. A few dozen came up bare root with long roots on them, and I am trying to make root cuttings for plants later on.    Agriculture is free. I want to learn how to propagate fruits and berries so folks donít have to pay exhorborant prices to get an orchard started. The apple and pear trees I graft cost me less than a dollar each, but it often costs $10 or $20 for a fruit tree. Iím going to figure out how to start blueberry plants, too.                                                                                                                                                                                  

Continue reading
  157 Hits
  0 Comments
157 Hits
0 Comments

Valerian

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000181 EndHTML:0000003089 StartFragment:0000002362 EndFragment:0000003053 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/barefootfarmer.doc

I plated a valerian patch yesterday. It felt good to get my hands dirty, cleaning out the chickweed and dead nettle that sprouts up in late winter. I shook the soil off of their thick root systems and loosened the bed deeply with the digging fork.

Sand and compost were then incorporated into the bed. they clay soils we have benefit with the addition of sand, it helps keep them open. Compost goes on everything around here.

A clump of valerian were gently wiggled, and yielded then individual plants. I tucked them into the flower garden about 18” apart. A little water finished the transition to their new home.

 

Continue reading
  166 Hits
  0 Comments
166 Hits
0 Comments

Onions

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000181 EndHTML:0000003163 StartFragment:0000002362 EndFragment:0000003127 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/barefootfarmer.doc

When spring fever hits, onions are the first thing on my mind. They can withstand temperatures down to 20°, and need to get well established before warmer weather sets in. we eat onions often, and assume our customers do, too.

Onion varieties are classified according to the length of the day light required for them to bulb. Summer days are longer up North than they are in the South. Northern, or long day varieties, won’t bulb up as well in the south, so we grow short day varieties. There are also intermediate ones, which do well here, too.

Continue reading
  167 Hits
  0 Comments
167 Hits
0 Comments

Mr. Gordon, We aren’t Bugs Bunny

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000172 EndHTML:0000002620 StartFragment:0000002353 EndFragment:0000002584 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/Jimmy.doc

Poor old Bugs Bunny, his enemies were forever dangling carrots before him in an effort to trap him. This is what the progressives in D.C. are doing to us. Only they caught Bart Gordon instead.

Continue reading
  189 Hits
  0 Comments
189 Hits
0 Comments

Gardener's Dream

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000183 EndHTML:0000003368 StartFragment:0000002365 EndFragment:0000003332 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/barefoot%20famer.doc The International Harvester Farmall 140 tractor is a gardener’s dream come true. It can’t be beat for single row truck farming. I use a bigger tractor for primary tillage, and then the Farmall lays off the rows and keeps the middles loose and weed-free. I grew up with a cub, which is an older, smaller, Farmall. My dad didn’t swear much, so I remember distinctly pull-starting or fixing the cub, which routinely wouldn’t crank up when he needed it the most. We jumped off it as it rolled over once when I was three, and at 10 I had my own run in with a tree. Ah, the joys of farm life. Charles let me borrow his 140 many years ago, and I fell in love. I’d been using a Ford 600 for cultivating, which meant I had to look behind me to see what was going on. On the Farmall you look straight in front of you, allowing much more precision.
Continue reading
  169 Hits
  0 Comments
169 Hits
0 Comments

I Told You So…

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000191 EndHTML:0000003456 StartFragment:0000002373 EndFragment:0000003420 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/Jimmy%E2%80%99s%20column.doc

It is difficult to believe and hard to swallow, but it is true-the politicians in Washington are seriously considering stopping payments for therapy from Medicare. This is another way of saying, “Let the senior citizens die, they’ve outlived their usefulness.”

Let me share with my readers a true story. Nadine Short, a paralyzed senior citizen, who has for years cared for herself, though confined to a wheelchair, recently admitted herself to the Palace Care and Rehab Center in Red Boiling Springs. Nadine lives near Tompkinsville, Ky. One arm was partially paralyzed from a stroke, but after several weeks of therapy at the Palace, she was able to return to her home, where she is caring for herself from a wheelchair and is costing Medicare not one red cent. Without the therapy, she would have been confined to the nursing home. So which is less expensive-therapy, and return home, or a long stay in the nursing home?

Continue reading
  149 Hits
  0 Comments
149 Hits
0 Comments

Thomas Jefferson

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000181 EndHTML:0000003035 StartFragment:0000002362 EndFragment:0000002999 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/barefootfarmer.doc

Thomas Jefferson loved gardening. I got a copy of his Garden Book 20 years ago, which details the work at the 2 acre garden plantings and 8 acre orchard at Monticello. Know that democracy could only survive in a nation of small farms and small businesses. Last week I finally visited Monticello.

Hugh Lovel, an agricultural consultant from Australia, accompanied me, so the ride was full of farm talk. I gave a daylong gardening workshop, did a bit of consulting and lecturing the next day. Then we climbed the little mountain and admired the beautiful grounds of Jefferson Home.

Continue reading
  156 Hits
  0 Comments
156 Hits
0 Comments

The Brick

Anonymous

A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street, going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought he saw something.

As his car passed, no children appeared. Instead, a brick smashed into the Jag’s side door! He slammed on the breaks and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown.

Continue reading
  152 Hits
  0 Comments
152 Hits
0 Comments

Learning About Organic Agriculture

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000181 EndHTML:0000002837 StartFragment:0000002362 EndFragment:0000002801 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/barefootfarmer.doc

I am often asked to recommend books for learning about organic agriculture. I appreciate the many good books put out by Rodale Press, Acres, USA and others over the last few decades, they are not my favorites. Farming is not about double-digging, plastic hoop houses and amendments to buy, it’s about soil. The best books on agriculture that I have found are grade school textbooks written a hundred years ago.

Continue reading
  173 Hits
  0 Comments
173 Hits
0 Comments

How Corruption and Immorality Become Rooted In A Community

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000182 EndHTML:0000003213 StartFragment:0000002364 EndFragment:0000003177 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/ruralviewpoints.doc

Corruption and immorality are twins whose destructive power has spread like wildfire in recent years thoughout America’s towns and communities. In an effort explains the havoc caused by these twin demons, men have laid the blame at the feet of town and community leadership. The truth is, bad leadership is the result of poor choices by voters. As long as the citizens of the community choose their leaders based upon social, religious, and clique ties, just that long will our towns and communities suffer at the hands of ignorant and greedy leaders. Poor leaders are the result of unwise voting. The citizens of a community are to blame for the corruption and immorality in their community when they cast their vote for one who lacks character and is destitute of leadership traits.

Continue reading
  170 Hits
  0 Comments
170 Hits
0 Comments

A Definition of Intelligence

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000181 EndHTML:0000002785 StartFragment:0000002362 EndFragment:0000002749 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/barefootfarmer.doc

A definition of intelligence is the ability to respond successfully to a new situation. This type of intelligence resides in a humus-rich soil which is permeated with beneficial micro organisms. The new situation would be a new crop, and a response is the colonization of the new roots with the specific microbes that create maximum production and crop health.

Continue reading
  187 Hits
  0 Comments
187 Hits
0 Comments

THE DOWNTRODDEN PRODUCE UNDERDOG CHILDREN

Version:1.0 StartHTML:0000000181 EndHTML:0000002874 StartFragment:0000002362 EndFragment:0000002838 SourceURL:file://localhost/Users/computer/Desktop/obits/ruralviewpoint.doc

Normally we think of the downtrodden as individuals who are forced by those in power to live in poverty. Many children today have been born into downtrodden families. If their parents are downtrodden, then can they expect to rise above the economics, educational and social levels of their family? Some do and some don’t. What usually happens is that the children of a downtrodden family become underdogs. Guess what? Society expects them to lose.

Continue reading
  200 Hits
  0 Comments
200 Hits
0 Comments

Community Supported Farm

In the fall of 1999, my friend Dan asked me why I didn’t use the community supported agriculture model to distribute our produce, I explained that we tried in the late 1980’s, but the folks didn’t want to drive out to the farm. His immediate response was “I’ll drive it to them,” and our present CSA was born.

I charged $25.00 per week for a share. Our shares were too many vegetables for many people, so eventually we sold half shares for $15.00 per week. We have grown together for 10 years now and have not raised our prices. As our costs rise, we just got more members and grew more acres.

Continue reading
  154 Hits
  0 Comments
154 Hits
0 Comments

He Refused Just One Beer


A report from Jim Petty, a preacher in South Africa, arrived recently. It said, “One of the former graduates from Umtali Bible School, Douglas Dabangana, was killed by the terrorists where he was preaching in Southwest Rhodesia, the last part of June. A group of terrorists tried to force him to drink beer, but he refused, saying he was a Christian and couldn’t. So they shot him right then, killing him.”

Continue reading
  208 Hits
  0 Comments
208 Hits
0 Comments

Summer is Just a Dream Away

Snowed in and snuggled up, I’m studying several summertime snapshots, searching and selecting sufficient seed for sowing this soon-to-come spring. I must be on every seeds company’s list of who to send a catalog to. so, while winter weather wrecks her havoc, I’m safe and sound by a warm fire, envisioning rows and rows of picture perfect vegetables.

Blue Lake, Roma and Cherokee Wax beans are our green, Italian and Yellow beans respectively. Will try Forkhook and Henderson’s Lima beans this year. A hundred years ago, butter beans, as Lima’s are affectionately called, were second only to potatoes as the most common vegetable people grew. In my effort to grow old timey crops, I ordered five pounds of White Half Runners, too.

Detroit Dark Red is our standard beet, and we also grow an Italian heirloom called Chioggia and another old one called Cosby’s Egyptian. I’m going to try a yellow beet called Touchstone Gold. For carrots we stick with good old Danvers Half Long and Scarlet Nantes.

Continue reading
  184 Hits
  0 Comments
184 Hits
0 Comments

The Oppressed and the Oppressor

 

“So I returned and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforters; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforters” (Ecclesiastes 4:1). Do me a favor and read this passage again. Are you surprised to find this in the Bible? Sounds like today, doesn’t it? it is about the oppressed and the oppressor. Human nature hasn’t changed much. The world has always had its oppressors. And where there are oppressors there will be the oppressed. What are the oppressed doing in the above verse? They are shedding tears. Why? They had no comforters, but on the side of the oppressors there was power. Still the same.

Continue reading
  166 Hits
  0 Comments
166 Hits
0 Comments

Farming in Our COuntry

The policies of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) have had a tremendous affect on farming in our country. Their funding go to further the research at land grant colleges (like UT), and the advice is disseminated through the county extension programs. The way most farms are run is a direct result of this information.

Agriculture before the 20th century depended upon healthy soil. Farmers knew how to keep their soils light and fluffy, rich in humus and capable of long-term production. All farms had animals for power and food, and the waste products were composted to keep the land fertile.

Continue reading
  165 Hits
  0 Comments
165 Hits
0 Comments