Welcome to Ogden Marsh, Iowa

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ogden Marsh is a small farming community in central Iowa. Compared to many other rural communities of it’s size, its chamber of commerce operates an extensive website where…

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Boston’s Best Bees

Thursday, March 4, 2010

by Ian Halbert My fiancée and I have just bought a condo in Watertown, MA. Beyond all the usual excitement surrounding the move into new digs, there are…

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Cultural Equity

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

One of the stated goals of this site is to offer a place for readers interested in the american rural arts to learn more about the wealth of…

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Sam Amidon on ‘World Cafe: Next’

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Sam Amidon is the product of a folk musician family in Vermont who returned to playing traditional songs via his experiences in punk rock and experimental music. I…

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The Farmville Files: An Urban Rural Perspective

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Further Findings by Ian Halbert Exhibit G: Further evidence can be found in Industrial Food’s “Supermarket Pastoral” – Michael Pollan’s term for the images of rustic barns, cows…

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Native American Skateboard Culture

Monday, March 1, 2010

“I think a lot of what we do will impact how Native Americans are going to be viewed in the 21st century,” Miles says. “People are going to…

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

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The Library of Congress American Memory Archives

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The photo above, by Dorothea Lange, comes with the following information: The Rural rehabilitation client talking with county supervisor, Farm Security Administration (FSA), Tulare County, California. She says:…

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Robert Frost and Oxblood

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

by Ian Halbert I am at present reading Lawrance Thompson’s masterful and authoritative (as well as authorized – more on this below) biography of Robert Frost. Frost’s childhood…

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