Extraordinary Chickens

Looking for a unique gift for the chicken fan of the family? Here’s a favorite! Photographer Stephen Green-Armytage has captured the personalities, breed differences, and striking good looks of chickens of all shapes and sizes in two books: Extraordinary Chickens and Extra Extraordinary Chickens. Disheveled crests, unusual combs, feathered feet, colorful plumage—it’s all represented. Even…

Vitamin E (Tocopherol)

Vitamin E (tocopherol) is best known for its immune-boosting function.  It serves as an antioxidant, working with selenium to eliminate free radicals.  It also helps to repair damage to the body, and ensures the health of the white blood cells.  Because of this important role, and its function as a structural component of various membranes,…

The Ongoing GMO Debate

First a definition: A GMO (genetically modified organism) is any living thing that has been altered by genetic engineering. Genetic engineering uses a plethora of different techniques to create GMOs, but in all cases the end result is the same: the insertion, deletion, or mutation of one or more genes.  This technology enables scientists and…

The Roots of Cattle Driving: Part 1

There seems to be a vague impression that the Chisholm Trail stands alone in history, an isolated event with no connection to other events either before or afterward. Nothing could be further from the truth! The history of cattle driving undoubtedly goes back thousands of years to the wanderings of nomadic peoples all over the…

The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide

Looking for a gift idea for a young gardener? Here’s a book that may spark an interest. Practical but inviting, The Christian Kids’ Gardening Guide by Rebecca Park Totilo makes the gardening process fun and simple. Besides discussing the basics of planning, planting, and caring for plants, this book offers projects galore: Make seed tape….

Vitamin D (Calciferol)

One of the best-known roles of vitamin D (calciferol) is its function in calcium and phosphorus absorption.  These two minerals are essential for bone growth, so it naturally follows that vitamin D is key to skeletal health. However, vitamin D is also necessary for proper hormone function.  In this role, it helps regulate immune response,…

What is Collagen?

Simply put, collagen is the protein that makes connective tissue. It is a fibrous substance made up of four amino acids: Glycine. Arginine. Proline. Hydroxyproline. Collagen not only gives structure to various parts of the body, but it adds a certain degree of elasticity.   Where Collagen is Found in Animals In farm animals, collagen…

Tallgrass and Shortgrass

If you are familiar with Kansas regions, you have probably noticed that much of the natural vegetation of the state is either tallgrass or shortgrass prairie, with a transition zone of mixed prairie in between. What is the difference between tallgrass and shortgrass prairie? The names indicate that height is the distinguishing characteristic, but there…