Fast Bikes, Slow Food

first_imgMeet the adventure farmers behind Pedal to Plate Q: How did you get into outdoor adventure sports?  Q: What got you into farming? Q: How do you manage to find the balance between prioritizing extreme outdoor recreation and owning and operating a farm?  A: I grew up on a small family farm and married a farmer. My husband, Morgan, has been farming for 11 years in Utah, Vermont, and now North Carolina for the past 8 years. A: It is a 35-mile route with an average 3,300-foot elevation gain, so it isn’t exactly easy. We also offer optional routes that are more challenging at 46 miles with a 4,400 foot elevation gain. Needless to say, everyone is pretty hungry by the time we gather to eat. While the ride is challenging, it is a very relaxed event and we’re very excited for this year!  A: We do non-spray, organic vegetables and fruit. We also have a line of low-sugar jams. We use fruits both from our farm and berries that I wild harvest in our jams. Eventually we are hoping to be just an orchard and berry farm. Q: What is the ride like? Outdoor adventure is often adrenaline-fueled and fast-paced. Sometimes, though, it is important to slow down, especially when it comes to our food. That’s what Sarah and Morgan Decker, the owners of Root Bottom Farm in Madison County, N.C., believe. Sarah and Morgan have biked over 3,000 miles together across the Southeast and can also regularly be found paddling, skiing, or hiking the Appalachian Trail when they’re not working on their farm. In being a part of the local, sustainable agriculture of Western North Carolina, the Deckers have found a balance between the thrill of adventure, and the joy of slow food. BRO talked with Sarah Decker to learn more about her family’s endeavors both on and off the farm.center_img A: It is just really important to us. We schedule our trips around my schedule as a professor and around slower times on the farm. Also living in Madison County allows us to be connected to the outdoors and the local food system. The closer we can be to our local food, the better it is for everyone. We also believe that as athletes good food is good fuel, so prioritizing healthy, local food makes us perform better as well. Q: What do you guys sell? Q: What can you tell me about your annual event, Pedal to Plate? Pedal to Plate cyclists work up an appetite while biking the backroads of rural Madison County, n.c. for 35 to 46 miles. afterward, they enjoy a farm-fresh, locally-sourced feast at root bottom farm. Pedal to Plate will be held on Sunday, September 8 this year. You can learn more about Root Bottom Farm and the Pedal to Plate event at A: We were both raised in outdoor families, Morgan out West and myself in Virginia. I was the long-distance hiker and Morgan the long-distance biker. When we met we started doing bike tours together including a trip from our farm to Key West that was around 1,200 miles for our honeymoon. We also make sure to go out West every year to ski and raft locally in NC. A: Pedal to Plate is a bicycle tour through Madison County that takes cyclists to four or five small farms. They’ll receive a guided or self guided tour that shows the ins and outs of each farm. People who come out can sample products at each farm on the tour, so they’re fed all day long. The tour ends at Root Bottom with a feast that is almost 100% locally crafted by two local chefs, one of whom operates a homestead on the tour! The whole idea is to get people excited about cycling, community, and local food. This is our fourth year hosting Pedal to Plate and we’ve sold out every year. The farms also partner with local non-profits and have donated 10% of sales to the Friends of Madison County Animals and the Community Housing Coalition. We love to keep it small and with all the farmers, volunteers and riders we feed just under 100 people in front of our renovated tobacco barn.last_img read more

Scientists call for global cooperation, use of scientific methods in fight against COVID-19

first_imgIn the statement, the group emphasized the urgency of international cooperation in several areas.“Rapid, accurate, and transparent international communication about the unfolding epidemiology of this novel viral disease, including patterns of transmission, incubation period and lethality, and the efficacy of various methods of intervention” was required, the statement read.Read also: Majority of Indonesians want transparency about COVID-19 patientsIt also called for “real-time sharing of detailed scientific information about the virus, the pathophysiology of the disease it causes and the human immunologic response, its origins, genetics, and mutations, and coordinated activities to advance knowledge in all of these areas”, as well as information sharing on the research and development of medical products, along with “collaborative research efforts to advance this vital R&D”. Several academies of science and medicine around the world issued a joint statement on Wednesday calling for greater international cooperation and noting the pivotal role scientists play in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic.The statement was signed by 15 members of the InterAcademy Partnership of Academies of Sciences and Medicine (IAP), including the Indonesian Academy of Sciences, the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, the French Academy of Sciences, the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, the Indian National Science Academy and the Global Young Academy, an international society of young scientists based in Germany.The other signatories are Italy’s Accademia dei Lincei, the Science Council of Japan, the Nigerian Academy of Science, the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of the United Kingdom, the United States National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Medicine. “In recognition of our mutual reliance, coordination and alignment of regulatory and manufacturing processes and quality standards [are] required to accelerate availability of reliable personal protective equipment, diagnostic testing devices, and medical treatment capacity,” it states.The group said that international communities also required “collaborative efforts to undertake rapid but evidence-based analysis of emerging concerns […] that may emerge as the global pandemic progresses.”“International cooperation and information sharing in all of these dimensions will be particularly critical in countries and regions where the public health and healthcare infrastructure is not adequate.”In order to push the government to carry out the recommendations, the Indonesian Academy of Sciences sent a letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration. The letter was sent through Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung on Wednesday.Read also: Indonesia calls for ‘collective response’ as UN passes COVID-19 resolutionIn the letter, academy chairman Satryo Soemantri Brodjonegoro reiterated the message from the academies, calling on the government to consider the role of civil society and private organizations, as well as to give greater support to the World Health Organization in addressing challenges posed by the pandemic.“The Cabinet Secretariat has received the letter and Pak Pramono said it will be followed up on,” Satryo told The Jakarta Post on Thursday.Topics :last_img read more

COVID-19 Update: Isolation Guidelines, Indoor Reopenings

first_imgAdditionally, New Jersey continues to ramp up its contact tracing program to control the spread of the virus as much as possible. During Wednesday’s press conference, Perry N. Halkitis, Ph.D., the dean of the Rutgers University School of Public Health, said that 1,000 new tracers are currently being trained by the school. “We have to continuewith our social distancing,folks. We have to wear theface coverings. There areno excuses to let up evenone bit. We are far fromdefeating COVID-19,” saidMurphy. “We are in a goodplace to contain it… but it isnot yet defeated.” Halkitis called the state’s contact tracing model “innovative” because it combines efforts of the governor’s office, health departments at the state, county and local levels and the “scholarly expertise” of the Rutgers School of Public Health. Anyone interested in becoming a contact tracer may apply by visiting “Wearing a face coveringis proven to help protectothers around you. It is aproven measure for furtherslowing the spread,” saidMurphy. We should all bein the practice of wearing aface covering by now.” In discussions with the governors of New York and Connecticut, Murphy said any visitors from highly-impacted states should self-quarantine upon arrival in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut. That includes states with current daily positive percentages over 10 percent as a seven-day average, or states with over 10 cases per 100,000 as a seven-day average. FILE PHOTO / JAY COOK Libraries, museums, aquariums and boardwalk arcades are among the next indoor businesses to reopen at 25 percent capacity July 2. He cautioned residents to be extra vigilant when indoors. These businesses will be required to provide heightened sanitation and other social distancing measures. More detailed standards will be released later this week, Murphy said. And like outdoor facilities, face coverings will be required unless customers are dining, or for religious or personal health and safety purposes. “Ours was the most impacted region in the nation and among the most impacted in the entire world. We welcome everyone to New Jersey; we simply ask you to join us in our shared sacrifice to keep ourselves moving in the right direction,” said Murphy. By Allison Perrine The article originally appeared in the June 25 – July 1, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Looking to the next line of businesses to reopen, the governor said that as of July 2, indoor facilities including museums, aquariums, libraries and indoor recreation spaces like bowling alleys and boardwalk arcades, can reopen at 25 percent capacity. “We would love to be able to open those things up; we just are not there yet,” said Murphy. “We just don’t think it’s the responsible thing to do.” NEW JERSEY – There’s been a slight uptick in daily positive rates of COVID-19 cases in New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy reported Wednesday. But businesses will continue to reopen during the second phase of the road to recovery. In a press conference Wednesday, Murphy announced that the statewide total of positive cases reached 169,892, with 12,993 total deaths and a daily positivity rate of 2.83 percent. At the same time, several indoor businesses will be permitted to reopen at 25 percent capacity as of July 2, with strict social distancing guidelines in place. Other businesses including movie theaters, performing arts centers and night clubs must remain closed for now. Fitness centers and gyms are also ordered to remain closed in the traditional fashion, but may open for individualized training and by appointment only. Indoor facilities present a greater chance of catching the virus than outdoors, he said. The students are completing an 18-hour online training course with basic COVID-19 contact tracing lessons, Rutgers training modules and data collection training with the CommCare system. They will be deployed to health departments across the state. Later in the week, July 6, NJ Transit Rail and Light Rail services will return to the regular full weekday schedule. The July 6 start date will allow NJ Transit to implement and communicate the new proper social distancing protocols to commuters before ridership increases as businesses and offices reopen. More information about different transit protocols are available at read more

The Beautiful Game is back for the fall campaign

first_imgThe fall season runs until October when playoffs conclude the season. Nelson Youth Soccer kicked off the unofficial second half of the 2016 season.The association, with more than 950 registered players, hosts House League action Saturday for all ages.last_img


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 29, 2016)–With a $63.40 winner in the day’s featured Autumn Miss Stakes, nobody correctly tabbed six winner’s in Saturday’s Pick Six at Santa Anita, thus creating a carryover into Sunday of $67,117.  With a nine-race card on tap, it’s expected Sunday’s total Pick Six pool will exceed $500,000.With 53 horses eligible to run in Sunday’s Pick Six sequence, players are looking at an average field size of 8.8 runners per race.Santa Anita will offer a nine-race card on Sunday, with the $70,000 Lure Stakes, for 3-year-olds at a mile on turf, slotted as the eighth race.First race post time is at 12:30 p.m.  The fourth race, leg one in the Pick Six, has an approximate post time of 2 p.m. PDT.Admission gates open on Sunday at 10:30 a.m.  For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit read more


first_imgPearse Doherty TDDONEGAL TD Pearse Doherty is expected to use the return of the Dáil today to put pressure on the Government to speed up a move to new premises for Donegal Town’s Cleary Centre.Deputy Doherty, who is to raise the issue of the Cleary Centre in the Dáil, will be requesting that the Minister provides details of HSE efforts to date to secure a new premises for the facility’s service users which has provided training for adults with intellectual disabilities for more than twenty years.Deputy Doherty said: “I intend to use the return of the Dáil today to seek answers from the Minister regarding the progress made to find a suitable premises for the relocation of the Cleary Day Centre in Donegal Town. “Since last November, the Parents and Friends’ Association of the Cleary centre were informed that the building which accommodates the service was not fit for purpose and that an alternative location was being sought for service users by the HSE.“Since then, service users, staff and members of the Parents and Friends’ Association have passionately taken their campaign to save the Cleary Centre to the gates of Leinster House; each working tirelessly to ensure that the centre remains in the town.“I understand from correspondence which I have received from the HSE that the executive has agreed that an existing premises in Donegal Town would be the most favourable option for an interim move from the Cleary Centre. I have also been informed that negotiations with the owners of the building are to begin to ensure that the premises can be leased at a cost which falls within current HSE guidelines, following which planning permission can then be sought for change-of-use.“When I raise this matter with the Minister, I will be asking that he provide details of all the refurbishments and alterations to the premises which have been requested by the HSE in order to make it suitable for service users, and I will also be asking him to give an expected time frame as to when service users will ultimately be relocated to the new facility. “For over twenty years the Cleary Centre has provided exceptional care and training to people with intellectual disabilities throughout the region, and for this reason it is vital that this work be allowed to continue so that service users can be moved to a building which adequately meets their needs.” CLEARY CENTRE CLOSE TO MOVE TO NEW PREMISES, SAYS TD was last modified: September 22nd, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CLEARY CENTREDonegal TownPearse Dohertypremiseslast_img read more

Northampton v QPR: Smithies plays, Cousins a sub

first_imgNew signing Jordan Cousins is among QPR’s substitutes for tonight’s friendly. Goalkeeper Alex Smithies, meanwhile, has recovered from injury and makes his first appearance of Rangers’ pre-season campaign.None of QPR’s three other summer signings will be involved. Jake Bidwell sits the game out, Joel Lynch has been nursing a hamstring problem, and Ariel Borysiuk has been sidelined by an ankle injury.QPR: Smithies; Onuoha, Caulker, Hall, Perch; Henry, Luongo; Gladwin, Chery; Shodipo; Polter. Subs: Ingram, Kpekawa, Furlong, Cousins, Doughty, El Khayati, Emmanuel-Thomas.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Reminder about winter wheat management for spring of 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With recent warm weather, winter wheat has broken dormancy and begun to green up. With wheat plants no longer dormant, scouting and management of wheat fields is critical to producing high yields. As discussed earlier in the year, now is the time to plan for N applications where field conditions allow. Below is an excerpt from and a previous newsletter with recommendations for nitrogen application and rates:Spring applications of N should be made after the plants break dormancy. Although in some situations field conditions may be favorable, nitrogen applied in the late winter before plants have broken dormancy is more likely to be lost before plants can utilize it. Spring N applications should not be made before wheat has broken dormancy and begins to green up. The University of Kentucky publication “A Comprehensive Guide to Wheat Management in Kentucky” recommends: “When making a single N fertilizer application the best time is when the crop growth stage is Feekes 4-5, (Zadoks 30, usually mid-March) just before the first joint appears on the main stem and when wheat starts growing rapidly.” The UK publication goes on to say that “The rate of N fertilizer for a single application should be between 60 and 90 lb N/acre for fields with a yield potential less than 70 bu/acre and 90 to 100 lb N/acre for fields with greater yield potential.”Wheat plants begin a period of rapid growth and stem elongation once they reach Feekes Stage 6 (first node visible). The plant’s demand for N is high as the stem elongates and rapid growth begins. For optimal use of inputs and to achieve the highest yield potential, spring N should be applied in the period of time following green up prior to stem elongation.last_img read more

Report: BYU Will Discipline “10-Ish” Players For Season Opener vs. Nebraska For Their Role In Brawl vs. Memphis

first_imgBYU and Memphis players brawl during game.BYU’s football team will be lacking some depth when it takes on Nebraska in its season opener on Sept. 5. The school announced Tuesday morning that it will be disciplining “10-ish” players for the game against the Huskers due to their role in the brawl against Memphis. Following the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22, many of the Cougars and Tigers’ players got into a severe scuffle on the field. Multiple punches were thrown, faces were battered – it was an incredibly ugly scene.BYU will discipline “10-ish” players for their role in brawl with Memphis in their opener vs. Nebraska. Still not saying who, however.— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) March 3, 2015Here’s video of the brawl.With star quarterback Taysom Hill returning, BYU was expected to be a tough test for Nebraska in Week 1. The Cougars’ chances of pulling off an upset in Lincoln took a decent hit today, though.last_img read more