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The True Story Behind “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

There was indeed an actual Mary and she did actually have a lamb.

By Andrew Amelinckx
Modern Farmer
December 19, 2017

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Sometime later, it’s uncertain exactly when, Mary was heading to school with her brother when the lamb began following them. The siblings apparently weren’t trying very hard to prevent the lamb from tagging along, even hauling it over a large stone fence they had to cross to get to Redstone School, the one-room schoolhouse they attended. Once there, Mary secreted her pet under her desk and covered her with a blanket.

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December 24, 2017   Comments Off on The True Story Behind “Mary Had a Little Lamb”

Fellows earn urban farming certification completing 11-month program

Alex Badecker with certificate.

The nine people received certificates in urban agriculture endorsed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service.

By Tammie Smith
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Dec 17, 2017

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The students spent 15 to 20 hours a week in training — hands-on in the field and in the classroom where topics included holistic business planning, farm business plan development, financial projections and cash flow, record keeping and decision-making for farm profitability.

“My goal is to sell to restaurants and farmers markets,” said Alex Badecker, who grows asparagus, sweet potatoes and other produce part time on an approximately 6,000-square-foot plot in Henrico County.

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December 24, 2017   Comments Off on Fellows earn urban farming certification completing 11-month program