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Grand View Grows From Land


By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jul 18th, 2014
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John Weiss, Senior Staff Writer for the Rochester Post Bulletin, had been nudging me for several months to talk about my consulting work. We finally caught up with each other in my garden during asparagus season, and he wrote this article for his weekly column, Back Roads. Printed with permission of the Rochester Post Bulletin.

CANTON — Through the Internet, Loni Kemp can sit in her home in the woods north of Canton and connect with the world as she works to help solve some of the country’s most pressing environmental issues.

Through the window of her home, Kemp can see what she’s working to preserve, and how to address the micro-issues that affect land locally.

The land is her connection to both worlds. “I think my roots are down here,” she said.

Kemp is a consultant for environmental heavy hitters such as the Union of Concerned Scientists, National Wildlife Federation and Natural Resources Defense Council.

She helped write such papers as “Growing a Green Energy Future.” She’s now working on the issue of moving from corn to cellulose for energy.

Many experts are highly specialized, she said.

“I think what I can bring to the table is a generalist’s view,” she said. “I see myself as a resource person to a lot of different groups who are trying to propose policies that make the change.”

She said she wants to see more groups connect and discover ways both can meet their needs.

Some of her perspective on the big issues comes from the view out her window.

She and her husband, attorney Dick Nethercut, “came here on a lark” when they thought about living outside a city and fell in love with it, she said.

“I definitely can say the land called us here,” Kemp said. “We got back in the woods here and we thought, oh my gosh, this is spectacular. We have to be here.”

She’s not sure if she would be a different person or would think differently if she lived in Washington D.C.

What she does know is that once they built their house, they gradually added land that now includes woods, meadows and cropland. It’s a place where she can relax, grow a big garden and work on ways to be sustainable. And she’s happy there.

“It suits me very well,” she said.

She takes joy when she sees farmers using contour strips, grass waterway .....
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Coconut Cookies

By Judy Thomas

Fri, Jul 11th, 2014
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July 14, 1914 - What is so significant about that date? Well, it is my mother’s birthday. She would be 100 this year and I wish she were here to celebrate with, but in reality I know that can’t be. We all have wonderful memories about our moms, ..... 
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Becky's Food Tales - Summer Smoothies

By Becky Hoff

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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Roadside strawberry stands have been springing up in the last week or so- in between the rainstorms, that is! I recently enjoyed driving out into the country with a good neighbor to pick up a load of berries. This was one of those rare sunny days an ..... 
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Real Bites - Supper for Four

Mon, Jul 7th, 2014
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It was a Wednesday night, and dad (that would be me) was in charge of supper until mom arrived home. A fail-safe plan is always to call upon the Village Square of Fountain. They have a 2-2-2 option that includes two medium pizzas with two topp ..... 
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An Experiment in Canning

By Tammy Danielson

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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Happy Birthday to Chad Danielson today! It was a quiet Sunday last weekend with my husband and son away at a movie and I had raspberries and jalapenos defrosted and calling my name. My original plan was to do canning with some friends, including ..... 
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Real Bites: Fitness Fridays

Fri, Jun 27th, 2014
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During these crazy, busy summer months, I decided I wanted to take a little extra time on Fridays to spend the work day with our children. Every Thursday, our team at the newspaper works diligently to “put the newspaper to bed,” as has been sa ..... 
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Easy-Freezy Vanilla Ice Cream

By Kathy Little

Fri, Jun 20th, 2014
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Lights, action, camera! Mothers and sisters are the stars of Pop Culture in books, movies, and songs. Think “Little Women” and “I Remember Mama.” Woe to the person who speaks ill of someone’s mother. Double woe to someone who forgets moth ..... 
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Banana Split Dessert

By Jeanette Schmidt

Fri, Jun 13th, 2014
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Don’t worry, be happy…that’s how ice cream makes most of us feel…it’s the summer comfort food. “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream” wasn’t just a cute saying, but actually a song written in 1927 and recorded by the War ..... 
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Shangri-la

By Loni Kemp

Fri, Jun 6th, 2014
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We pack a lunch, wildflower book, camera and bug spray to be ready for anything, and head over to Choice, the tiny settlement on County Road 43 between Mabel and Rushford. There we meet up with several carloads of Harmony Garden Club members and the ..... 
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