March 2012

March 2012

Feature Stories

New Hope, New Vision

How an experience at basketball camp opened new avenues for John Tyler Richmond

Foreclosure Prevention

A loan program helps hard-hit homeowners pay a mortgage while they look for work.

Margaret Maron

A celebrated mystery writer who celebrates country life

“Cold Pursuit”

New art by Ronald Ragland

How I Save Energy

Advice for stay-at-home parents

Special Section

Growing Our Own

Farm Fresh

The advantages of buying local foods

Bees, Birds & Other Beasts

How to make your yard attractive to wildlife

Farm Marketing Co-ops

How co-ops use the Internet to spread fresh food to cities and wealth to farming communities

Sap’s Rising

North Carolina maple syrup makers tap a niche market

Black Gold

Turn scraps and yard waste into useful compost

Keeping Honey Bees Abuzz

You can help protect and proliferate these essential insects

Plant Once, Eat for Years

Using perennial fruits and vegetables in your garden

Water, Water Everywhere

How water features can enhance your landscape

Grasses Are More Than Green

There are many pretty ornamental grasses that are easy to love

For the Birds

The simplest thing you can do to help protect birds is to keep your cats indoors

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