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The Buckle – part 2

The Buckle – part 2

One of the missions of Nebraska Rural Living is to report on entrepreneurial success, so at some point it became too hard to ignore the elephant in our own back yard and we arranged a two-part look at who Buckle is and what they do…

Sustainability – Thomas Tomas

Sustainability – Thomas Tomas

All food, ultimately, comes from the soil and, when you think about it, Tom Tomas’ philosophy of “feed the soil rather than the plant” makes a lot of sense. This month on the Rural Foodies, Scott Rager gets the chance to meet Tomas, a noted authority on sustainable agriculture, and tour his garden in Orleans…

The Buckle

The Buckle

Can you imagine rural Nebraska as a hotbed of fashion? Fashion doyens may raise their sculpted eyebrows at the thought, yet Buckle, a leading retailer of branded casual apparel, footwear and accessories, opened its first store in Kearney, Nebraska in 1948…

Dragonfly Desserts

Dragonfly Desserts

Cheryl Brown, the owner and cake artist of Dragonfly Desserts, LLC, appears as quick and graceful as a dragonfly on the wing as she pounds out her fondant, frosts a cupcake or stirs up her amazing oat scones…

Schwarz Family Farm

Schwarz Family Farm

For many big corporate farms, increasing ROI might mean introducing additional fertilizers, pesticides or GMO seed; for the Schwartz family of rural Smithfield, NE, it means introducing more praying mantises, lace wings and lady bugs…

Nature’s Rural Retreat and Great Nebraska Hunting

Nature’s Rural Retreat and Great Nebraska Hunting

Are you among those of us who over-commit our time and over-schedule our calendar? A wholesome remedy awaits you at Nature’s Rural Retreat in the dramatic loess canyons south of Eustis, Nebraska…

The Rocket Inn

The Rocket Inn

Pizza came to the U.S. along with Italian immigrants in the late 19th century, but it remained pretty much confined to Italian neighborhoods until after WWII. One soldier who returned to Indianola, Nebraska after the war must have really developed a taste for pizza. He brought home not only a love for these savory pies, but the means to an endless supply: an Italian bride who made great pizza…

Country Drawers

Country Drawers

A cloth diaper movement has existed for a number of years, and when a young mother on a farm near Holbrook was troubled with diaper rash on her young son, she wanted to try cloth diapers — but there were none to be had in rural Nebraska…

Ecotourism

Ecotourism

Although there are many reasons tourists may come to Nebraska, two prime drivers of the modern ecotourism movement in Nebraska are the annual bird migrations through the Central Flyway and the cowboy and old West culture that lives on in many of our farm and ranch operations…

Eco-Drip Irrigation Systems

Eco-Drip Irrigation Systems

Colby Gardine of Eco-Drip Irrigation Systems in Hastings takes a look at one kind of irrigation technology that’s gaining interest among Nebraska’s producers of big-field crops…

Energy Pioneer Solutions

Energy Pioneer Solutions

A company that performs an energy assessment on your home or business isn’t a new idea. But Energy Pioneer Solutions, based in Hastings, has expanded that concept…

Bee Biz, Inc.

Bee Biz, Inc.

When you think of agriculture in Nebraska, you may think of cattle and corn. However, an Oxford man has found his niche raising a smaller animal and a product you can’t see in rows or grazing in fields while driving through the state…

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