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The Hoosierist: Off The Wall

“Years ago, Indianapolis was a vibrant squash hub.”

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The World’s First GMO Fish Is Stranded In Albany, Indiana

“We know we have a product of superior quality and superior sustainability qualities, and only wish the opportunity to allow consumers to decide for themselves,” says the CEO of the company that developed the salmon.

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Caught in the Middle: What Is Indiana’s Brand?

Starting now, Hoosiers will mark two centuries of Indiana history with a yearlong party. But what, exactly, are we commemorating?

The Grass is Always Greener
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Eating Homegrown: Cheesemaking at Traders Point Creamery

How the dairy takes its organic, 100 percent grass-fed, and full-fat milk from pasture to plate

In January 1975, Beecher Arlinda Ellen produced 23 gallons of milk in one day, five times a Holstein
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Dairy Queen: The Legacy of Ellen, Indiana’s Most Famous Cow

The Beecher house welcomed a wave of visitors, all eager to see the “supercow” on pace to break a record.

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All Hail the County Fair!

The beribboned road leading to that neon-lit crescendo of summer, the Indiana State Fair, may provide an even better reflection of our agricultural heritage—and inspire the next generation to embrace it.

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Indy DIY: Backyard Gardening Classes

From planting herbs in containers to becoming a master gardener, these sessions will help you discover your roots.

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Hot-Button Issues: Down on the Farm

The Hoosier livestock industry makes more than $2.5 billion a year and “has seen growth in almost every livestock sector.” But for a group that’s doing so well, animal-farmers sure seem defensive.

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Our Top 5 Photo Albums of 2013

Meet the Flockers—Indy’s urban chicken farmers—plus look back on Indy 500 Snake Pit hijinks, the State Fair food romp, and a pair of brew-drenched events.

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Our Top 10 Stories of 2013

Including one of Indiana’s biggest cons, a complicated woman in her final days, a reality-TV hilljack, the crafty governor-elect, a big-deal farmer, the coupling of an actress and a corn-fed rocker, and more.

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50 Days of Holiday Gifts: The (Local) Coffee-Table Book

Give thanks for this bountiful compendium of dairy farmers, pierogi makers, brewers, chefs, field hands, and many others on Indiana’s agricultural scene.

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ShopTalk: Agrarian Urban-Farming Boutique

Trendy glass honey pots by Blomus and delicate, hand-painted egg crates would make Old MacDonald jealous, but the wares veer practical, too.

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The New Hoosier Farmer: Is Kind of a Big Deal

Having a 20,000-acre spread, one of the largest farms in one of the nation’s most productive farm states, buys some clout.

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The New Hoosier Farmer: Is a City Girl

If you believe that Indiana farmers are weather-hardened old men who grow corn and soybeans, you might look at these tidy patches of naturally raised produce and see a garden—and, in the pretty thirtysomething who tends them, a gardener.

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The New Hoosier Farmer: Wants to Feed You Better

First planted in 2010, The Feel Good Farm is a 60-acre, certified-organic growing operation near Sheridan, where the suburban sprawl of Hamilton County gives way to a flat landscape of fields, fencerows, and barns.