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In this Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 photo, Angie Trombley carries a crate of Islanders, purple-colored heirloom peppers, grown in a caterpillar-style greenhouse at the Squire Tarbox Farm on Westport Island, Maine.

Slow Money Invests in Small Food Enterprises

Consumers who want to support local food and farms aren't limited anymore to buying locally produced veggies, meats and cheeses. They can make direct investments big or small into local food businesses through a national movement called Slow Money, which links investors with farmers and small food producers...



  • This April 23, 2014 photo provided by Dianne Larson shows the family dog 9 month old Ruby waiting for her son, Tanner, at their home in Santa Clarita, Calif. Dogs Get Blues When Youngsters Go Back to School

    Young people aren't the only ones who get back-to-school blues. Pooches used to months of constant playtime can get upset when their best buddies disappear with the dog days of summer...

  • INTERVIEW: Helping Bees and other Pollinators

    We may not like bees when they sting us, but they're vital to our ecosystem. Right now, the insects face big population losses. There are ways to help bees and other pollinators get back to a more healthy population size...

  • MDA Launches 'Protect Minnesota Pollinators' Campaign

    The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is launching a new campaign to protect bees and other pollinating insects. It’s aptly named “Protect Minnesota Pollinators.” The campaign is designed to help the public understand why these insects are important. Leaders made the announcement at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on day one of the fair...

  • Save Receipts for School Shopping to Save Money at Tax Time

    Buying school supplies for your kids? Save those receipts if you want to save some money at tax time. The Minnesota Department of Revenue is reminding parents that some of those school supplies can be written off come next April 15. The state's tax laws include two types of K-12 tax relief programs...

  • Tips for Getting Your Child Ready to Head Back to School

    It’s that time of year to start preparing to send the kids back to school. Some children might get a bit anxious. Entire Family Clinics is giving tips on how to help ease those back to school blues. First off, medical experts recommend you start adjusting bedtime and wake-up times now, to avoid an abrupt change once school starts...