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Outdoor Living Rooms Invite Community Input

A strange thing appeared recently on main street in our town of 800: a complete living room. An old padded leather rocking chair and floor lamp filled one corner. A green jacquard couch and a Norfolk Island pine welcomed passersby in another.

The coffee table, with a plate of homemade cookies, bore signs of a life without coasters. A garden magazine promised “25 Backyard Escapes!” The yellow Hoover stood sentry next to the television. Cups of hot coffee and cider greeted guests.

Missouri Veterans Learn (and Teach) about Farming

More than 50 military veterans recently attended educational sessions on resources that can help them start farming. Workshops in central Missouri near Fort Leonard Wood and at the Lincoln University campus brought those in the know together with active duty veterans and military retirees. They shared information on farm loans, assistance with disabilities, and markets for alternative crops.

Sage Grouse Conservation in the Cowboy State

Much of rural and small town Wyoming depends on the economic impact of recreation and tourism. Camping, hunting, fishing, birding, hiking, guiding and other activities in 11 Western states, including Wyoming, brought in $623 million in direct spending and $1.06 billion in indirect spending, according to a recent Western Values Project study (http://www.cfra.org/western-values-project-study).

Remembering Community Life in Rural Mass

When people sign up for our newsletter, they often share their story. Here's a great essay from Andrea Morgan, who gave us permission to share it with you.

I grew up in rural Fairhaven, Massachusetts. Everyone knew their neighbors at their end of the town. We had a big yard where my mother enjoyed a big garden, and my cousin who lived upstairs played basketball every day with a group of friends on our huge driveway.

Rural Activists Gather in a Corn Field to Fight the Keystone Pipeline

In August, we heard BOLD Nebraska and the Cowboy Indian Alliance were set to host a concert with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in a corn field near Neligh, NE. Wait, what? Willie Nelson and Neil Young playing in a cornfield in our home state? Yes! (They had us at hello.)
 
You can’t deny the appeal of seeing Willie and Neil perform live, especially in a corn field. But they agreed to do the concert to support rural people in their fight against the Keystone XL pipeline. That's even more appealing.
 

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