Lily Fife, the 2 1/2-year-old daughter of Emilee and Danny Fife, recently toured the Garden Creek Farms greenhouse and got to see the new Pacific white shrimp being raised in the aquaponic facility, along with tomatoes, tilapia, herbs and kale. She was there with grandparents Trisha and Alan Trost. A large crowd of locals toured the facility, and sales of new products were brisk.
Gina Cocina is the brand of soup made by Gina D’Orazio Stryker from ingredients grown in the Garden Creek Farms greenhouse and processed in the commercial kitchen across Garden Creek Road. She sells to big retailers like Natural Grocers and a contract with Costco is pending. She is the sister of Jeri D’Orazio, Chief Operations Officer for Christopher and Debbie James’ businesses, which employ 60-70 employees and together make up the largest private employer in the county.
A tiny, blue wooly aphid appears to be resting in the void. It had been trapped by a single strand of spider’s silk and had been putting up quite a struggle against both the snare and the October wind. The struggling feet had caused the photographer to think of a phrase in Dante’s “Inferno” in which an evil pope had been placed head down in a crevice to his knees and kicked his feet uselessly, “lamenting with his shanks.” The fencing is chicken wire, about 1/32 of an inch in diameter.
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Taking a plunge — The dunking booth was a new and popular attraction at the Custer County Fair two weeks ago. Before the barbecue on Saturday fairgoers were given the opportunity to bid on the chance to dunk several area “celebrities.” Custer County Agent Jim Hawkins gets knocked off his seat and is on his way to the murky waters below…