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From the Editor: On shared disciplines of military service and farming

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Bobby Vaughan and I spoke well before Veterans Day, when I was working on a story that involved the Farmer Veteran Coalition’s efforts to build strong roots in Virginia, connecting veterans to agriculture. I’d hoped to… Continue Reading

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Sea level rise meeting dealing with Back Bay, part of Virginia Beach series of talks, set for January

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – A public meeting about flooding issues and how sea level rise will be felt in the Back Bay area is scheduled for 6 p.m., Monday, Jan. 22, at Kellam High School, part of a series… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Blackwater farmer Don Horsley recognized for Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame honor

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The Virginia Beach City Council on Tuesday, Nov. 7, recognized farmer Don Horsley for his recent induction into the Virginia Livestock Hall of Fame. Horsley was one of four people inducted into the hall this… Continue Reading

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Hope grows at hop yard in Back Bay to help retreat for warriors while supplying local craft brewers

BY VENI FIELDS BACK BAY — LZ-Grace Warriors Retreat founder Lynn Bukowski’s expression of panic high above the ground in a Facebook photo began, you might say, with a pesky weed in Donald Noha’s back yard. Both contributed to a new… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Waste not, want not by growing a recycling mindset

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — The first law of thermodynamics, also called the law of conservation of energy, says energy cannot be created or destroyed in isolated systems. We can think about this in terms of soil. As I’ve written here… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: Efforts continue to connect veterans, Virginia farmers to build food security, opportunity

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE A gathering called American Farmer tonight in Hampton will benefit the Virginia chapter of the Farmer Veteran Coalition, which aims to link veterans and the agriculture industry to get them farming. The tribute to farmers will include… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Here’s the dirt about soil, a key to sustainable agriculture

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Please don’t call the soil “dirt.” Dirt is what you sweep off the kitchen floor. Soil is a glorious life-filled layer that sustains us. Soil is, as the subtitle of a great book by William Bryant… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 84th District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 84th District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 81st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 81st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading

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2017 Elections: Questions for candidates for the Virginia House of Delegates 21st District

Ed. note — The Independent News asked candidates for the 21st District seat in the Virginia House of Delegates to answer the following questions. This appeared in print on Friday, Nov. 3. Responses to question have not been edited. The following responses… Continue Reading