Valdosta Daily Times

What We Think

January 25, 2014

A farming renaissance

-- — The success of the two-day Growing Local conference in Lowndes County is a reflection of the renaissance farming is enjoying across the country. Technology’s increasing dominance in modern life has resulted in a yearning for simpler times while the economic downturn has created a need for many to grow their own fruits and vegetables as a necessity.

There’s something about working with your hands, growing plants and trees out of the soil that speaks to us on a primitive level. It’s personally satisfying, appealing in its simplicity and nourishing to our bodies.

The added health benefits of eating more fruits and vegetables along with the benefits of the physical activity required to cultivate them are more than enough incentive for the renaissance in backyard gardens and multi-acre small farms.

In 2012, members of the Georgia General Assembly tried again to pass a Right to Grow bill that would allow gardens to flourish even in more urban areas. The bill would have kept local governments from passing restrictions on property use to discourage the practice. Unfortunately, the bill failed to pass out of the House, and was strenuously opposed by the Georgia Municipal Association on behalf of the cities of Georgia.

Perhaps this will be the year that the legislature recognizes the importance of encouraging property use for growing local, as the need for home gardens and small farms continues to increase. Given the tremendous local interest, perhaps Valdosta’s delegation will take notice and support such a measure this session.

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    THUMBS UP: To Carol Mikkelsen. Valdosta State University Opera’s “Dido and Aeneas” marks the last production before Mikkelsen’s retirement
    after 44 years with Valdosta State and the creation of the opera program. She plans to continue
    working with VSU part-time, but this weekend’s performance marks her last full-time participation with the opera productions. Ovations all around for her work.

    April 18, 2014

  • Feed the hungry, adopt a duck

    If you haven’t already adopted a duck, you have a little more than a week to do so.

    April 17, 2014

  • If I were mayor

    Each year, the City of Valdosta holds an essay contest, “If I Were Mayor,” with students in the area writing their ideas about what they would do as the head of the city.

    April 16, 2014

  • The real lessons of a mock drill

    Valdosta High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions held a powerful mock demonstration Monday morning on the school’s campus.

    April 14, 2014

  • Kudos to VPD

    Followed by a stellar report on Sunday about the drop in the crime rate in the City of Valdosta, city police officers prove their worth once again by arresting a dangerous fugitive in our community.

    April 13, 2014

  • It just plain stinks

    After every rain event, the pungent smell of sewage can be detected around the rivers and streams of south Georgia, and Florida residents brace for more to float their way.

    April 13, 2014

  • Pennsylvania school stabbings: Why?

    The following editorial appeared in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on Thursday, April 10:

    April 11, 2014

  • European bans on emails unlikely in America

    Several European countries are banning work emails to employees before and after normal working hours, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m., in an effort to curb the perceived abuse of employees by corporations.

    April 11, 2014

  • Strength of character

    It was an unusual friendship — a tiny 8-year old girl with long blonde hair and the 6’10” Michigan State basketball player.

    April 10, 2014

  • Daly’s return a boost for Valdosta

    Flashy, colorful and always a hit with the fans for his long drives and humble demeanor, John Daly’s return to Kinderlou Forest and the South Georgia Classic is a boon for Valdosta.

    April 9, 2014

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