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November 1, 2023

Producing the Holiday Meal Centerpiece for Four Generations

Plump hens and toms are living on borrowed time these days at Bowman and Landes Turkeys near New Carlisle in Miami County. The family operation dates to 1948, when Kenneth Bowman and Dennis Landes set out to produce the highest-quality free-range turkeys around while being good stewards of the land. The third generation is now actively upholding the tradition, with the fourth generation ready to pick up the mantle. Baby turkeys, known as poults, arrive at the farm the day they hatch, each weighing one-fourth to one-third of a pound. The poults initially spend time in climate-controlled barns but quickly...

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October 27, 2023

One Section At a Time: Completing the Appalachian Trail

Personal story told by: Danny Bagwell, Pioneer Member and Vegetation Manager My love for backpacking began in high school, while I was growing up in southern Illinois. We didn’t know much about backpacking, but my friends and I loved to camp, nonetheless. Our local state park had backcountry campsites, and we’d improvise and use school bags to hold our gear. It was the beginning of a lifelong passion. Over the years, I’ve been able to hike all around the country, and it became a symbol of freedom and self-confidence to go wherever my legs would take me. The Appalachian Trail...

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