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Why we need farmers

By Jessica Domel If you stop by any garden center, you can buy the seeds, load up your soil and even buy nutrients to help your garden grow. So, why do we need large-scale farms? I’ve heard these questions asked a number of times, especially as the locavore movement gained traction. If I can grow [...]

Texas farmers share their tips for selecting good fruit

By Jessica Domel Squeeze. Thump. Sniff. I’ve seen, and tried, it all. But what is truly the best way to pick good produce for your family? How do you get the best bang for your buck? Today, our Texas farmers share their tips for selecting good fruit. When checking out grapefruit, look for a nice, [...]

Flat Friends help students engage with Texas agriculture

By Jessica Domel For the past few weeks, 23 elementary school students from the San Antonio area have followed me throughout my day-to-day life, learning about Texas agriculture. But instead of having the children board a bus each day, our connection is made digitally thanks to an eight-inch tall man with a bright red tie. [...]

Do potatoes grow on trees?

By Jessica Domel Have you ever had a moment that made you stop, think and shake the cobwebs out of your mind before answering? As a farm girl, I frequently have those moments. You see, people like to ask me questions about where their food comes from. And I love to answer. Normally, the answers [...]

Talking to Farmers 101

By Jessica Domel At the county fair, coffee shop or in the field, Texas farmers are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. They'll shake your hand, look you in the eye and share their story with you. But what if talking "agriculture" seems a bit intimidating? Here are a few tips to get [...]