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Farmer John: We need to stop treating sustainable agriculture practices as edgy ideas

BY J.D. WILSON SIGMA — I read a book, Children of the Mind, by the science fiction writer Orson Scott Card, which used the terms “edge nations” and “center nations” to discuss cultures on the fringe compared to dominant ones.  I then… Continue Reading

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Agriculture: ‘Plow Day’ today at Bonney Bright’s farm in Creeds

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE CREEDS — A nostalgia for the sight of freshly turned soil, an interest in retro machinery and a willingness to wear red bib overalls can drive antique tractor enthusiasts – and local tractor buffs will come together for… Continue Reading

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2019 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for Virginia Dare Soil & Water Conservation District Director

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for two seats as Virginia Dare Soil & Water Conservation District Directors in the election on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Answers to our questions in this series… Continue Reading

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Eying a storm, local farmers head into the corn fields for an early harvest

Ed. — This story originally ran in the Sept. 6 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Over the Labor Day Weekend, well before Hurricane Dorian neared, farmer H.M. Dudley and his son, Ryan Dudley, harvested field corn near the intersection… Continue Reading

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The dignitaries, theme for Pungo Strawberry Festival held over Memorial Day weekend in rural village

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE PUNGO – Memorial Day weekend will find Bob and Phoebe Braswell, the honorary mayor and first lady of Pungo, presiding over this year’s Pungo Strawberry Festival, with “Rise and Shine — It’s Strawberry Time” as this… Continue Reading

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Strawberries: Where you can find — or pick — them in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – Strawberry season is in full swing.  The following is a list of Virginia Beach U-pick and pre-picked strawberry farms, markets or stands from a list compiled by the Virginia Beach Cooperative Extension office.  Please check… Continue Reading

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2018 Virginia Beach Elections: Questions for candidates for City Council, Princess Anne District

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Ed. — The following are responses to questions posed by The Independent News to candidates for the Princess Anne District seat on the Virginia Beach City Council up for election on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The incumbent is noted.… Continue Reading

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Forum: Join us in Creeds to hear candidates for Virginia Beach City Council talk about our local issues

BY BOBBY VAUGHAN CREEDS — It is our pleasure to invite you to the Virginia Beach City Council Candidates Night this evening, Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex about five miles south of the Pungo light. This… Continue Reading

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At Bonney & Sons in Pungo, the ‘crab boss’ oversees longtime business providing the freshest local catch

BY VENI FIELDS PUNGO — Every morning around 7 a.m., Floyd E. “Dunie” Bonney, Jr., slips a key into the lock of a red door in a white building at the corner of Princess Anne and Indian River roads and he… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: There are some good ideas and reasons for concern regarding an ‘agrihood’ in Pungo

[Updated on Sept. 22] Ed. — The developers of Harvest Farms are in the process of redesigning the proposal, including its density. The revised project may go to the Virginia Beach Planning Commission in November, though that is not certain. BY… Continue Reading