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Farmer John: Building a garden starts with healthy, living soil

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I call it the garden of eatin’.  I love that fresh food, and I love working – really, playing – in the garden.  It’s rewarding just to stand there observing the bees, butterflies and flowers. Or maybe slipping… Continue Reading

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Kiggans: Masks are needed — and ongoing effort to provide them can bring about unlikely alliances

Ed. — This originally ran in the Sunday, April 12, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — State Sen. Jen Kiggans, a Virginia Beach Republican and a nurse practitioner, says efforts to make cloth masks and mask covers are helping… Continue Reading

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Column: A call to arms to produce mask covers during new coronavirus health crisis

BY JAMES HATCHER AND CHRISTINA HOLLOWAY VIRGINIA BEACH — Our nation, our communities and our healthcare system are under attack from an invisible enemy. In fact, the whole world is facing an escalating crisis that we have not faced since the 1918 influenza… Continue Reading

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Where to find strawberries in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Strawberry season is here, and produce farmers have opened fields and farm stands with steps in place to address concerns about the novel coronavirus.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-pick strawberry farms,… Continue Reading

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In Memoriam: Pungo’s Roy David Flanagan Jr., farmer and family man

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO — Farmer Roy David Flanagan Jr., who died on Tuesday, April 7, in his Pungo home after a long illness, will be remembered for the turkeys, sweet potatoes and crops he raised – and for his devotion… Continue Reading

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Pungo Strawberry Festival is canceled, but could a smaller community event be held?

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — The Pungo Strawberry Festival is among the major community events canceled due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus, which can cause the disease Covid-19. “After careful consideration, the board members of… Continue Reading

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Column: What’s on the table? The bounty of our local food sources

BY KAREN BEARDSLEE KWASNY VIRGINIA BEACH — It’s times like this, when we’re hunkered down at home, that the old family recipes come to mind.   On a recent morning, I found myself digging out my grandmothers’ recipe books and making a… Continue Reading

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Column: In the wake of tragedy, building our police team through an unorthodox mystery

BY PATRICK GALLAGHER VIRGINIA BEACH — Recently, members of the Virginia Beach Police Department’s Investigative Division sought to solve a “puzzling” mystery.   Trained investigators volunteered to be locked in a room with only their intuitive skills to help them solve… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Healthier, nutritious meals for our local communities now — and for our future selves

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — Consider eating a diet of the lab-made stuff seen in the movie The Matrix starring Keanu Reeves. It was a tan mush, and it looked and tasted the same every day, but it did have all the… Continue Reading