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Today's News

  • A healthier apple

        Danny Johnson jokes that he’s never eaten more than half a worm.

        His point is that there are worse things than an apple that doesn’t look perfect, the potential result of using reduced spray techniques. The worse thing is pesticide residue on the apple.
        Johnson said that he began using low spray techniques when he stopped shipping apples and began selling exclusively directly to the public.
        “I don’t have to grow a perfect apple anymore,” he said.

  • Making it pay for itself

        Doug and Lucy Overstreet didn’t originally intend to farm.

        They initially started raising livestock at Idlewild Farm because they were concerned about what was in the food they were eating. Their solution was to raise their own.
        Then friends started asking to buy some, so they expanded. Doug saw it as a way to make the whole project pay for itself.

  • At Island Creek Farm, they even make their own soil

        Troy and Holly Brown have had Island Creek Farm for 11 years.

        “We have farmed actively here for seven years,” Holly said.
        They are totally organic, and then some.
        “We don’t use any chemicals here,” she said. “We don’t even use organic chemicals. We believe in the importance of the health of the soil.”

  • New plan leads to growth

        D&L Cattle, in Goode, is run by a father and son team. The D is for David Arrington and the L is for Lynwood Arrington, David’s father.

        “We’ve raised cattle for several years,” said Lynwood Arrington.
        Previously they sold cattle to the market, but they began direct marketing to the public this year, in February, an idea that a cousin suggested. It sounded like a good idea and they began working in September, 2011, to put a plan in action.

  • Low spray makes sense

        Walter Gross, now 78, grew up in the orchard business.

  • Dinner draws record crowd

        About 220 people showed up for this month’s Farm Bureau annual dinner meeting. This is the largest crowd ever, according to Bill Nance, who heads the local organization.

        “Every year it gets a few more,” he said.

  • Going chemical-free

        Ben Coleman, of Mountain Run Farm, decided to go chemical free after his son was born.
        “I didn’t feel good about sitting him in a field that I just fertilized,” he said. “We made a point never to bring chemicals down this driveway.”
        He has built the soil with manure and he said this has brought the soil to life.

  • Family has been farming here for more than 250 years

        Barry Turpin teaches U. S. history at E. C. Glass High School, in Lynchburg, but he also spends time with big black cows. In fact Turpin & Arthur Angus Farms, a beef cattle partnership, is his retirement business.

        He grew up on a farm and his family has been farming in Bedford County for a quarter of a millennium. His earliest ancestor to arrive in this area, Colonel Richard Calloway, was the first European farmer in Bedford County in the 1740s.

  • Community comes together to help

    Thanks to a routine medical examination, Noah Okuley’s Hodgkins Lymphoma was diagnosed early.

        The 13-year-old was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkins on Sept. 6 and is undergoing chemotherapy sessions at the University of Virginia. He goes up once a week with a break every two weeks.
        “The prognosis is good,” said Teri Apel, his mother.
        “The prognosis for Hodgkins Lymphoma is very good,” she added.
        Okuley has other things working in his favor.

  • School Board candidate forum

        Candidates for two Bedford County School Board seats squared off at a forum Thursday night at the Bedford Science and Technology Center.
        Jason Johnson, Charlotte Maxey and Jennifer Merritt are vying for the District 2 seat, currently held by Merritt; and Dr. John Hicks and Eric Thompson are vying for the District 3 seat held by Dr. Hicks. Both Merritt and Hicks were appointed to the board this year following resignations of those seats by Dave Vaden and Brad Whorley.