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Ogallala Greens: West Texas’ up-and-coming hydroponic farm

By Hattie Robb To broaden the Llano Estacado’s food shed and lessen the environmental impact of traditional farming, Slaton native, Cory Roof plans to establish Ogallala Greens as a hydroponic vegetable farm in West Texas. Over the past five years, Roof has helped construct and operate some of the most advanced greenhouses in the world. … Continued

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MV Produce: Sustainable Produce for the Llano Estacado

Micah and Ashley Venhaus of MV Produce are natives to the Llano Estacado region. Micah grew up in Tulia, and Ashley was born and raised in Lubbock. Both went to Texas Tech, where Micah studied Horticulture, specializing in Greenhouse Production and Hydroponics, and Ashley studied Business Management. After graduation, they knew they wanted to combine … Continued

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Potato Towers

Guest post by Kristen Bingham Potatoes are a food staple that can be used in a variety of ways, from a side dish to a delicious main course in the form of potato soup. In this guest post, Kristen Bingham shares some ways she harvested these tubers without having to spend time tilling soil. Potato … Continued

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Juicy Lucy’s Veggies

The community of local growers and producers in the Llano Estacado is expanding! It’s exciting to find new local producers and see what each of them offer to our region. One such team of producers that we had the pleasure of meeting are Lucinda Mann and Susan Sweeden, the owners of Juicy Lucy’s Veggies. Lucinda … Continued

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Banks Where You Get Food!

It may be hard to imagine not having enough to eat, but for many living across the Llano Estacado region, hunger is a reality. Fortunately, there are nonprofit organizations called “food banks” that distribute tons of food products that create hundreds of thousands of meals annually. But regional food banks do more than provide food … Continued

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Build the Best Soil for Your Garden by Composting

Photo Credit Many beginning gardeners will spend a lot of time planning out their garden, selecting the perfect seed, and sprouting plants. While each of these things are necessary, they forget one of the most important components of a successful garden: soil. Soil is the foundation of your garden. To provide your plants with the … Continued

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How Much Should I Plant for My Family?

A question that many people ask as they begin to grow their own produce and raise their own food sources is “How much food will I need for my family?” For many, the goal of growing their own food is to have enough to last them throughout the year. This question does not have an … Continued

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What is a CSA?

  {Photo Credit} There’s nothing like eating a meal and having the satisfaction of knowing that many of the ingredients were grown locally. Fresh-grown tomatoes taste better, strawberries are sweeter, and cantaloupes are juicier. Some people choose to grow their own fruits and vegetables. For others, a CSA is a great option. What is a … Continued

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Know Your Food Source: Make Your Own Butter

If you have kids, making your own butter is a great way to teach them about where food comes from, and how we can make some things on our own, without having to buy them in stores. Because it’s a bit time consuming, it’s also a great lesson in patience for little ones (and their … Continued

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