Betty Sayers

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Betty Sayers is a co-founder of Nebraska Rural Living. She lives in Holdrege, NE. Read more about her on the ‘About Us’ page.

Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens

Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens

The Rural Foodies thoroughly enjoyed the scenery through the South Loup River Valley, but they were even more delighted to find Cedar Hills Vineyard and Gardens at the end of the road. Owners Clay and Heidi Schutz welcomed them warmly and it was the perfect day…

Guardian Angels Life Services

Guardian Angels Life Services

In this update, writer Betty Sayers learns about the successes that continue to drive GALS forward. The company helps with financial management for those with disabilities who find it hard to manage their own finances…

Crazy Crackers – Crazy Delicious

Crazy Crackers – Crazy Delicious

Photo by Don Brockmeier Eustis, an amazing village tucked into the Loess canyon country, shot the moon again! The village is host to another over the top delicious food company! Add Monument Foods to the successes of The Village Piemaker and Lone Wolf Wurst Meats, LLC in Eustis. Monument Foods developed, tested, and now bakes…

Rosa Marie Brooks, International Health and Wellness Entrepreneur

Meet Rosa Maria Brooks, a Nebraska entrepreneur by way of Bogotá, Colombia. As a young girl, Rosa Maria wanted to help people, and to further her goal, she graduated with a Master’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Lima, Peru. Her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in while in Bogota where she combined her knowledge of…

Lewis Produce

Lewis Produce

Writer Betty Sayers first met Marlen Lewis in Holdrege, Nebraska. They were both attending an meeting organized by Nebraska Food Co-op to discuss how to best highlight fresh local produce. The well-spoken man captured Betty’s attention and she soon arranged to make a trip to his garden near Orleans, Nebraska…

Luxury and a Timeless Treasure on the Great Plains

Luxury and a Timeless Treasure on the Great Plains

On the Great Plains of Nebraska in August 2015, temperatures near 100 Degrees F. with humidity in the 70% range, and I’m feeling cool and comfortable in my air conditioned office trying to imagine the heat index in August 1939 and life prior to central air. Historical records report temperatures in the 90’s in central…

St. Mary’s Church, Orleans, Nebraska and “the courage to start again”

My search for migrating warblers along the banks of the Republican River led me into Orleans, a village of 250 people, and then St. Mary’s, a Catholic Church set on a hillside overlooking the village. I’m interested in buildings constructed when immigrants crossed the prairie and stayed to build a town and especially historic church…

Red Road Herb Retreat and Learning Center, LLC

Red Road Herb Retreat and Learning Center, LLC

Betty Sayers met Rachel Liester, a country herbalist and entrepreneur at her family’s enterprise, Red Road Herbs, near Stanton, Nebraska, for a crash course on herbs and their medicinal and healing properties…

Happy Jack Peak and Chalk Mines in Scotia, Nebraska

Happy Jack Peak and Chalk Mines in Scotia, Nebraska

Nebraska is recognized for beef production – number 1 in the United States for cattle in feed lots, 2.49 million cattle Nebraska is recognized for the Ogallala Aquifer – The largest fresh water aquifer in the world, 3 billion acre feet of water Nebraska is recognized for their Sandhills – The largest area of sand…

Garden-Ready Herbs, Vegetables and Strawberries at Schwarz Family Farms

Garden-Ready Herbs, Vegetables and Strawberries at Schwarz Family Farms

Becky and Alex Schwarz plant, grow and pot our favorite herbs, Heritage vegetables, and the sweetest strawberries on the planet. See these vivacious plants at most Nebraska Hy-Vee stores and purchase for your kitchen garden. The varieties are listed below and if  grown at Schwarz Family Farms, they are certified organic. Herbs and Garlic basil and…

Water-The Supply Is Limited

Water-The Supply Is Limited

Timely Topic: Central canals are recharging the High Plains Aquifer by Betty Sayers We occasionally hear about people who change the course of history. We call them change makers, leaders, visionaries. By thinking large and pushing the frontier of science and technology, a group of business leaders and farmers in central Nebraska changed a semi-arid…

Nebraska Wins Best in Drama

Nebraska Wins Best in Drama

If the Academy of Weather Watchers awarded a golden weather vane for Best Drama in the Sky, Nebraska would be in the top 10 every year. Nancy Gaarder, author of Nebraska Weather writes, “…the state’s wide open landscape provides the perfect stage for spectacular storms overhead and the sunset encores as the clouds pass.” (Gaarder…

Tales of Survival

When I was a kid, it occurred to me that I didn’t like it when animals got hurt. But, being from a rural area where animals are regularly raised for meat, sometimes animal death is unavoidable. But just because it was unavoidable didn’t mean I wasn’t going to try to save as many innocent baby…

Nebraska Haiku

A molten ball drops Blazing in gold and crimson The prairie blossoms Below two rivers Ogallala aquifer Corn, beans and cattle Cobalt, silver, snow 32 Degrees, chunks of ice Bob and race the Platte Wide, high, hollow land Nothing is stopping you here dream, plan and do it Nebraska Star Beef Green meadows and red…

A Showcase for the Life, Times and Work of Willa Cather

A Showcase for the Life, Times and Work of Willa Cather

“A pioneer should have imagination, should be able to enjoy the idea of things more than the things themselves.” Willa Cather from O Pioneers I immerse myself in Willa Cather’s stories and ponder the insights of her characters. We rural Nebraskans resemble pioneers. During the 1980’s and years of drought and low prices for crops…

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