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Giving Thanks

We say all the time that small towns and rural areas are special places. We say it so often that it can lose its meaning. What are we really saying when we repeat that line? What is it that makes small towns and rural places special?

You know, small towns and rural communities are merely a collection of buildings and open spaces. What makes them special are the people who live there.

In the last year, my family and I have lived in two different small towns. Each one was different in its own way. Yet the similarities in the way people acted have been remarkable.

Family Farms and Farm to School: Return to the Roots

Farm to School programs appeared in the mid-1990s with a 3-way focus: fresh, local foods in school menus; agriculture and nutrition education in classrooms; and purchases that support local family farms. Years since have seen these programs grow to include 40,000 schools and 23 million schoolchildren. Federal grant programs now encourage more.

Giving Thanks for Unexpected Things

Thanksgiving is when, as a nation, we give thanks for the important blessings in our lives. For many, that likely includes family, good health, a decent job, and the like. And we should be thankful if we enjoy any or all of those things.
 
For some in our society, however, working hard doesn’t always produce enough income to make ends meet. And many rural and small town Americans depend on something that the rest of us don’t likely think about that often, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), to help get through some of the tough times.
 

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