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Hoosier Farmers Show New Interest in Hemp

For the first time since the 1930s, Indiana farmers have been harvesting hemp. Owen County’s Trietsch Farms was one of a select group approved to grow hemp in 2019 as part of a research trial. Co-founders Jim Trietsch, his son, Ty, and Justin Daubenspeck grew more than 100,000 hemp plants for cannabidiol (CBD) oil and smokable CBD.

Lee Loves

Old Man Winter is whistling at our keyholes, but Bloomington businesses are amply stocked with items to keep us warm and cozy.

d’Vines – A Wine Experience You Can Taste Before You Buy

Many people don’t know what they are looking for when buying wine. They may choose a wine based on a clever name or an attractive label or by price. And they have absolutely no idea what the wine tastes like until they open the bottle.

How One Farmhand Got Land for His Own Farm

After working other people’s farms for a dozen years, Grant Pershing, 44, was ready to start farming for himself. Unfortunately, finding a bank that was willing to loan him the money wasn’t so easy. “I was a pretty poor risk, so I could either find a dilapidated house with enough land or a nice house with no land,” Pershing says. “When it came down to buying something, it just wasn’t going to happen.”

Kathleen McLean: Bassoonist Professor

When she joined the school band in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, 11-year-old Kathleen McLean wasn’t really interested in playing the bassoon. Her first choice was the trumpet. But she was assigned the tall, thin woodwind and, she says, “Then I fell in love with the sound, so akin to the human voice.”

Help Save the Birds

Using data gathered in part by citizen scientists, researchers recently determined we’ve lost nearly three billion birds since 1970. Birds across the United States and Canada are in trouble. These include many migratory birds, as well as common species like warblers, blackbirds, and finches. And—spoiler alert!—like the veritable “canary in the coal mine,” such avian losses signal trouble for humans, too.

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 13th Annual Wedding Guide

Each of the four couples featured here found ways to express their individuality even as they upheld the wedding traditions of their communities and families. We hope their creativity can help you find ways to express yourself on your special day.

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Don’t Fear Good Debt

Due to massive asset loss, many Americans purchased debt at an alarming rate over the past decade. MarketWatch reports that at the start of 2019, total consumer debt reached $14 trillion. That’s $66,945 per adult American, surpassing pre-recession levels by more than $1 trillion. Given the sheer volume of debt owed, it’s not surprising that Americans are beginning to fear debt—opting for debit cards over credit cards, renting over owning, and ride-sharing over vehicle ownership.

Lee Loves

Old Man Winter is whistling at our keyholes, but Bloomington businesses are amply stocked with items to keep us warm and cozy.

d’Vines – A Wine Experience You Can Taste Before You Buy

Many people don’t know what they are looking for when buying wine. They may choose a wine based on a clever name or an attractive label or by price. And they have absolutely no idea what the wine tastes like until they open the bottle.

How One Farmhand Got Land for His Own Farm

After working other people’s farms for a dozen years, Grant Pershing, 44, was ready to start farming for himself. Unfortunately, finding a bank that was willing to loan him the money wasn’t so easy. “I was a pretty poor risk, so I could either find a dilapidated house with enough land or a nice house with no land,” Pershing says. “When it came down to buying something, it just wasn’t going to happen.”

Rish Naran: From Zimbabwe To Bloomington

At 18, Rishel “Rish” Naran traveled from his home country of Zimbabwe to Texas, his heart set on a career as a professional golfer. Unfortunately, he suffered a back injury during a soccer game, making a golf career unattainable. Changing paths is what eventually landed him in Bloomington where, at 29, he works as the general manager of Andy Mohr Honda.

Wedding Guide

Bloom’s 13th Annual Wedding Guide

Each of the four couples featured here found ways to express their individuality even as they upheld the wedding traditions of their communities and families. We hope their creativity can help you find ways to express yourself on your special day.

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