Kendallville-area family farm wins preservation award

Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau present Arnold Award to Feightner Farm

On Farmer’s Day (August 13) at the Indiana State Fair, the Feightner Farm will receive the 2014 John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation from Indiana Landmarks and Indiana Farm Bureau. Mark and Donna Feighnter run the 125-acre farm that straddles County Road 500 east near Kendallville. His great-grandfather founded the farm in 1903. (more…)

Chautauqua Days at Gene Stratton-Porter site

Famous author to be remembered at festival Aug. 16 and 17

ROME CITY, Ind. – The annual Chautauqua Days Festival, which celebrates the life of Gene Stratton-Porter, Indiana’s most widely read female author, will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, and Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site in Rome City.

Chautauqua Days is an annual celebration honoring Gene and her love of nature and learning. To celebrate that, we created a family-friendly event packed with guest speakers, children’s activities, live music, and of course birthday cake,” said Gene Stratton-Porter State Historic Site Manager Dave Fox. “We invite everyone to join us for the celebration starting with a parade through Rome City on Saturday morning, then stay for a day of fun.” (more…)

A Trip Down South

Ask anyone who truly knows me and they will tell you I am not a happy camper until at least 8 in the morning. I do not even truly start functioning until 9 a.m. So when I had to get up at 6 a.m. on July 21 to be at the Albion Library for Conner Prairie, I was struggle-bussing, to say the least.

I tried to make oatmeal but in my dreamy state, I picked up the wrong measuring cup. I ended up putting 1 cup of water in my oatmeal bowl, instead of the requested 2/3 cups. I did not realize this until I had already made the oatmeal and it came out looking like soupy mush. I didn’t even try to eat it, I dumped it down the drain, grabbed a granola bar and left the house. (more…)

Indiana towns literally going to the birds

By Michele F. Mihaljevich | Indiana Correspondent, Farm World

ROME CITY, Ind. — The Noble County town of Rome City is using a recent designation from the Indiana Audubon Society to help protect birds and also raise money for the community.

Rome City was named a Bird Town Indiana site by the society in December 2013. It’s one of five so named, and was the third to receive the designation. Other Bird Town Indiana locations are Geneva, Chesterton, Nashville and Fort Wayne. The city of Kendallville has applied to the program and is expected to become the sixth site, said Jeff Canada, the society’s vice president. The society hopes to name more recipients later this year. (more…)