2014 Tennessee Farm Bureau Photo Contest: Readers’ Choice Winners

readers' choice

See the winners for the 2014 Tennessee Farm Bureau Photo Contest Readers’ Choice contest.

Horsin’ Around at Circle G Ranch

Circle G Event Ranch

Hold your event at Circle G Ranch in Lynnville, Tenn.

Sierra Hull Makes Mandolin Magic

Sierra Hull

Award-winning mandolinist Sierra Hull makes music and honors her Tennessee heritage.

Milling Around at Ketner’s Mill

Ketner's Mill

Ketner’s Mill in Whitwell produces water-ground, self rising cornmeal, made from corn grown in the Sequatchie Valley.

One Tough Trough

Water holder contains insects, amphibians and many childhood memories.

Country Roads

Country Roads

Falling in love with the back roads of Tennessee.

Unicoi County 4-H Maps Success

Unicoi County 4-H

Unicoi County 4-H was recognized as national award winners for their global positioning satellite project where they mapped the Appalachian Trail around their hometown.

Wooden Wonders at Orlinda Furniture Co.

Orlinda Furniture Co.

Orlinda Furniture Co. produces high-quality furniture with amazing eye appeal, historic significance, durability and comfort.

Migrating Mapleleaf Mussels

Winged Mapleleaf Mussel

Winged mapleleaf mussels, an endangered species for more than two decades, have returned to the Duck River in Tennessee.

Kingsport Residents Carve Their Niche for Community Carousel

Kingsport Carousel

Kingsport residents create a lasting legacy for community carousel.

Most Mispronounced Tennessee Towns

Tennessee Home & Farm

There are many Tennessee towns that only true Tennesseans know how to pronounce correctly. See our list of these tongue twisters.

Woodsgift Farm Spreads Good Taste

Woodsgift Farm Jams and Jellies

Woodsgift Farm makes delicious jams, jellies, butters and more.

Wicks and Lather from Windsor Hills Candle & Soap Co.

Windsor Hills

Windsor Hills Candle & Soap Co., located in Paris, Tenn., specializes in unique and handcrafted products.

Team Long Brothers Show Brotherly Love

Team Long Brothers

Team Long Brothers attract national attention for sportsmanship and perseverance.

TN Product: BittaSweet Cookies

BittaSweet Cookies

Visit BittaSweet Cookies in Brentwood, Tenn., for homemade treats like peanut butter and jam cookies and oatmeal stout cookies.

Lessons From the Garden

garden lessons

A little behavior modification encourages old-fashioned hard work.

Tennessee: The Chocolate State

Chocolate Makers in Tennessee

Find artisan chocolatiers and candy makers across the state to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Strawberry Sheet Cake: The Recipe That Went Viral

Country Classics - strawberry cake

Karen Norton’s Strawberry Sheet Cake Recipe has taken off with over 250,000 views and 76 comments. See the baker’s reaction on her recipe’s popularity.

2013 Photo Contest Winner Captures Tennessee Spirit

2013 Photo Contest Winner

Valerie Meadows is the 2013 photo contest winner, with her barn photo that captures Tennessee’s spirit.

Snow Surprise

Snow Day

Welcome the warmth of winter weather traditions.

The Sons of Bluegrass

The Sons of Bluegrass

Four bluegrass music majors from East Tennessee State University formed to create the bluegrass band, Sons of Bluegrass.

2013 Photo Contest: Funny Photos

Photo Contest funny photos

Take a look at some of the funny entries we received in this year’s Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest.

2013 Photo Contest Winners

2nd place photo contest

See the photo contest winners and honorable mentions from the 2013 Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation contest.

2013 Photo Contest Honorable Mentions

Photo Contest Honorable Mention

Take a look at some of the honorable mentions from this year’s photo contest.

Zuzu’s Joy

Zuzu's Joy

Find handmade mixes for dips, desserts, soups, hot beverages and fruit teas from Tennessee-based company, Zuzu’s Joy.

Visit Casey Jones Village in Jackson for the Holidays

Casey Jones Village in Jackson, TN

The historic Casey Jones Village in Jackson, Tennessee pulls out all the stops around the holidays.

For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville

For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville

Watch the new documentary, For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville, in its entirety on ABC.com.

Historic Rest in McMinnville

Falcon Rest in McMinnville

Stop in for fascinating history and great hospitality at Falcon Rest Mansion & Gardens in McMinnville.

Harvesting Knowledge Through Ag in the Classroom

Ag in the Classroom

Teachers bring agriculture into the classroom – and to outdoor gardens.

Farmers Feeding the Hungry

Farmers Feeding the Hungry

The Moscow Community Food Pantry is doing its part to help feed the hungry with the Invest in Fayette County program, encouraging farmers to donate.

“Rock Lady” Builds Stone Walls by Hand

Overton County Rock Lady

Patricia Jones of Overton County, also known as the “Rock Lady,” constructs intricate stone walls by hand.

The Great Pumpkin Patch at Lucky Ladd Farms

Pumpkin patch

Head to Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville to find more than 10 varieties of pumpkins and more in their impressive pumpkin patch.

1861 Girls’ School at the Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia

Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia

Walk onto the grounds of the historic Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia during the annual 1861 Girls’ School, and you might forget you’re living in the 21st century.

Hands On! Museum Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Take a trip to the Hands On! Museum in Johnson City as they celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2013.

Family Tradition: Taylors of Tabernacle Kinfolk Camp Meeting in Brownsville

Taylor of Tabernacle

Annual Taylors of Tabernacle Kinfolk Camp Meeting in Brownsville, TN brings roughly 700 descendants of the Taylor family.

Nashville Zoo Exhibit Showcases Heritage Breed Farm Animals

Nashville Zoo Farm Animals

Heritage breed farm animals are on display at the Nashville Zoo to teach visitors more about their role in agriculture.

Playing It Cool

To successfully beat the summer heat, plug in to your imagination.

Made on Acorn Hill: Suds & Buds

Made on Acorn Hill soaps

Two Madison County friends found their calling in handcrafted goat’s milk soaps and other bath products, leading to Made on Acorn Hill.

Tennessee Farm Bureau Goes to Washington

TN Goes to Washington

The Tennessee Farm Bureau’s own Pettus Read will be consulting on a new exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History on agriculture and innovation.

Summer Sanctuary at Land Between The Lakes

Photo Courtesy of US Forest Service Land Between The Lakes

Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area celebrates 50 years in 2013.

Live From the Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe Music City Roots

Enjoy up-and-coming artists at the Loveless Cafe Barn every Wednesday night at Music City Roots.

Grab A Goo Goo at Fontanel

Photo courtesy of googoo.com

Delight in Tennessee’s original candy creation at the new Goo Goo Cluster retail store at Fontanel mansion.

Pick-Your-Own Produce Across the State

U-Pick Produce

Discover Tennessee’s pick-your-own farms across the state.

State Parks Initiate New Campground Reservation System

Online Camping Reservations

Tennessee State Parks unveiled a new campground reservation system, making it easier for visitors to plan their camping trips.

The Spring Scheme

Spring Cleaning

Use a little strategy – and humor – to get the entire family to embrace spring cleaning.

Gardening Shows in Bloom

Tennessee Garden Shows

Get your gardening fix with several gardening shows across the state.

Monroe County Girls Learn Vaulting, Gymnastics on Horseback

Monroe County Vaulting Club

Monroe County Vaulting Club in Madisonville balances competition with confidence.

Pointer Brand is Right on Point

Pointer Brand

Bristol, TN based clothing company, Pointer Brand, is celebrating a century of business in 2013.

Ag History in Action

West Tennessee Agricultural Museum

Become an agricultural historian at the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum in Milan.

Historic Proclamation on Tour

Emancipation Proclamation

The Emancipation Proclamation will be on display throughout the month of February at the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville.

Kingsport Carousel Project Spins On

Watch a video on the progress of the Kingsport Carousel Project and watch for a story in an upcoming issue.

Farmers Welcome Hunters, Bird Dogs to Find Game on Land

Hunters at Meadow Brook Game Farms

Meadow Brook Game Farm combines farming and hunting by allowing hunters to use their land during prime wildlife seasons.

Raising the Steaks at KLD Farms

Raising the Steaks at KLD Farms

KLD Farms in Petway offers fresh, all-natural, local meats with options of steaks, roasts, hamburger and more.

Celebrate Fruitcake with Sunshine Hollow Bakery

Pecan Fruitcake from Sunshine Hollow Bakery

Don’t miss your chance at one of Sunshine Hollow Bakery’s famous pecan fruitcake this holiday.

2012 Photo Contest Winner Brings Focus to Farmland

2012 TN Home and Farm Photo Contest Winner

Elizabeth Smith captured the spirit of the Tennessee farmer with the winning photo of her uncle in the 2012 Tennessee Farm Bureau Photo Contest.

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Celebrates Sweet Success

Olive and Sinclair Chocolate in Nashville

Scott Witherow, owner of Olive & Sinclair chocolate, celebrates success of his Nashville-based artisan chocolate business.

Flour Power

White Lily and Martha White Flour

Two major flour companies, White Lily and Martha White, are headquartered in Tennessee.

Spreading Good Taste with Cunningham Farms

Cunningham Farms' Sweet Potato Butter

Devour sweet fall flavors on a warm biscuit or over ice cream with Cunningham Farms’ Sweet Potato Butter.

Grandma’s Molasses Unveils Adopt an Elephant Program

Adopt an Elephant Campaign with Grandma's Molasses and The Elephant Sanctuary

Grandma’s Molasses launched their “Adopt an Elephant” campaign website to help benefit The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.

For Whom the Bell Tolls at Pioneer Hall Museum

Discover the historical significance of Pioneer Hall Museum in Pleasant Hill, featuring one of the last bells cast by Paul Revere before his death.

Nashville’s Crowd Goes Wild for The Pasta Shoppe

The Pasta Shoppe in Nashville, Tennessee

Find your favorite college football team in the form of a pasta at Nashville-based The Pasta Shoppe. Liven your pasta salad with noodles in team colors and mascot shapes.

Fired Up for the Fair

Fired Up for Tennessee County Fairs

Get fired up for fun, food and entertainment at county fairs across the state of Tennessee.

A Water World of Summer Memories

Summer memories on the beach

I love the water. I love that it represents life, and that it so often provides relief and rejuvenation.

Garden of Hope Teaches Skills, Commitment

Garden of Hope Project for Inmates

Inmates at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center planted the Garden of Hope in March 2011, spending around three hours each morning working to see their garden grow.

First Lady Recognizes Garden at East Tennessee School

A little water, some sunshine, and a letter of praise from First Lady Michelle Obama are helping grow the garden at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Morristown.

4-H Helps Flooded Families

Across the state, 4-H members stepped in to help flood victims, amassing more than 850 items to be placed in backpacks for students.

Sutton Old Time Music Hour in Granville

Ken Scoggins and Millers Creek, Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, Granville, TN

The small community of Granville has been revitalized by a museum, bluegrass festival and the weekly Sutton Ole Time Music Hour held at its general store.

Remembering Roy Rogers and Dale Evans’ Happy Trails

Roy Rodgers and daughter Cheryl Rodgers-Barnett

Cheryl Rogers-Barnett, daughter of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans shares a glimpse into her unique childhood.

2011 Photo Contest Winners Showcase Natural Talent

16th annual Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation Photo Contest Winner: Meredith Bustillo, Hermitage, TN

More than 1,700 photos were submitted in our annual photo contest. Winners were chosen in three categories – Agriculture is Life, Tennessee Gardens and The Animal Kingdom.

A Steaming Mug

Warm your winter with cozy reminders of family and tradition.

The Hamery: 4-H Members Learn to Cure Country Hams

County Ham

The Hamery in Murfreesboro cures and sells about 1,500 hams a year, and owner Bob Woods shares the tradition of curing country hams with 4-H’ers.

CSI Knoxville: A Look at the Body Farm

Fans of crime lab TV shows such as CSI and Bones might be impressed to know they have foundations in research done at the Body Farm in Knoxville.

Harvest Days and Fiber in the Boro

Find fall fun on two consecutive weekends in Murfreesboro during the annual Harvest Days on Oct. 22 and Fiber in the Boro on Oct. 29.

Gallagher Guitars: A Family Legacy in Wartrace


In the tiny town of Wartrace, three generations of Gallaghers have produced exquisite, personalized handmade guitars for discerning pickers, including the likes of Doc Watson and Charlie Daniels.

Johnny Nix: Campfire Cook Extraordinaire

Johnny Nix, the Cowboy Cook

The host of Cookin’ Outdoors With Johnny Nix loves to share his knowledge of and recipes for cast iron cooking over an open fire.

Childhood Memories of Southern Summers Past

For a child of the South, summer days were long and hot and lazy. Experience a day in the life of those rural days of summers past.

Do Your Part to Help Storm and Flood Victims Across the South

Photo by Lee Maddox, www.tnfarmbureau.org

Recent severe storms, tornadoes and floods have left devastation in Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. Find out what you can do to help.

A Modern Take on Cast Iron Cookware

While Lodge has been making skillets in Tennessee for more than 100 years, a new cast iron company was founded here just last year.

Without Change, There Would Be No Butterflies

Native Butterfly Garden at Burgess Falls

I am not always thankful for change. I’ve grown up with her my entire life and you’d think by now we’d be friends, but to be honest, sometimes she gets on my nerves

Lodge Foundry in South Pittsburg Cooks up an American Icon

Lodge cookware

Learn how cast iron cookware is made at Lodge Cast Iron in South Pittsburg.

A Snow-Covered Tennessee

Tennessee Home and Farm asked its Facebook followers to submit pictures of the January snow at their Tennessee homes.

Snowy Mountain Memories of Winter 1977

For my money, no winter can top the winter of ’77. Of course, I’ll never be 11 years old again, either, and it seems that our lasting impressions of the seasons are almost always forged during our growing-up years. I mean, present-day winters just can’t compete, right?

Frozen Bald River Falls Photo From 1963

Frozen Bald River Falls in Tellico Plains, TN 1963

Recent story and photo of the frozen Tellico Plains waterfall brought back memories for one of our readers.

Ice Carving is a Cool Hobby and Business

Ice-carving Champion Matt Simonds from LaVergne, TN

After a 12-hour day as executive chef, Matt Simonds will often drive to his home in La Vergne, grab a chainsaw and head to the walk-in freezer in his basement.

Log Homes Growing in Popularity

Log Home

An upward trend in log homes in Tennessee indicates that residents of the Volunteer State are paying attention to the beauty – and benefits – of a log home. Many people choose a log home because there is something aesthetic they like about it.

Preemie Evergreen Project

Recognized as the Museum Volunteer of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Museums, Ann Ellington-Wagner coordinated the Preemie Evergreen project with the Tennessee Agricultural Museum.

Lansky Brothers in Memphis Offer Clothing Fit for a King

Lansky Brothers

Celebrate Elvis’ Jan. 8 birthday in style by shopping at Lansky Brothers, located in downtown Memphis in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel.

How Do Oats, Peas, Beans and Barley Grow?

A transplanted Northerner learns that peas and beans don’t just come from a can.

Father Nature Preserves Rare Plants and Animal Species

Don Shadow

Winchester nursery owner Don Shadow may as well be known as Father Nature.

Tennessee Fairs Showcase Midway Magic

Tennessee State Fair

Tennessee fairs delight spectators with an irresistible combination of education and fun .

Spring Lambing Brings an Unexpected Houseguest

Rocky Glade Farm owner Julie Vaughn, who raises sheep, experienced a woolly surprise last spring.

Wild Horse and Burro Adoptions in Cross Plains

Randall and Paula Carr, Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center, Cross Plains, TN

Carr’s Wild Horse and Burro Adoption Center has helped animals from the West find a home in the Southeast and beyond for more than 30 years.

FFA Restores Old Hickory Barn for Andrew Jackson Descendant

barn, FFA, Old Hickory, Andrew Jackson

Hunter’s Hill Farm benefits from FFA and Campbell’s partnership to restore historic barns.

Learning To Love Winter

winter, barn, farm, Franklin Road, Cal Turner, Nashville, TN

When I met the Wisest Woman I’ve Ever Known, I was still a die-hard winter hater.

When North Met South

snapping beans

A Boston native learns to appreciate country life in Tennessee – and to translate Southern words and phrases.

Winchester, TN Woman’s Toy Collection Spans the Globe

Crocia Roberson, Tin-Can Trinkets, toys

Winchester toy collector has 13,000 toys from around the world.

Fishing at Bob White Springs: The Only Way To Fly

Fly-fishing in Only, TN

Test your fly-fishing skills at this Hickman County trout farm.

Newport Clock Business Ticks Away

Rhyne Clock Co. is still ticking away in Newport.

1861 Girls’ School in Columbia Teaches How to Be a Southern Belle

Athenaeum Rectory in Columbia

1861 Girls’ School in Columbia teaches 19th-century social skills.

Cozy Up to Tennessee Winters

winter, forest

Sure, spring, summer and fall have their moments. But winter, in all its bitterly cold glory, just might be my favorite season.

Jack Lawrence’s Horse Sense Trains Problem Horses

Jack Lawrence, horses, trainer

Trainer Jack Lawrence gets into a horse’s mind, earning his trust, builds his confidence and rehabilitats him.

Shouldn’t the New Year Begin in Spring?

Happy New Year

It’s almost officially spring – may I be the first to wish you a happy New Year?

Story of Castle Gwynn is a Labor of Love

Castle Gwynn

Castle Gwynn in Arrington is a startling replica of a 12th-century Welsh border castle and the private home of Nashville-native Mike Freeman. It’s also the location of the annual Tennessee Renaissance Festival each May.

Forever Farmland: Land Trust Saves Farms From Development


Even the teenagers agree that no amount of money is worth selling their family’s 1829 farm in McKenzie. That’s why they are working with the Land Trust for Tennessee.

10 Steps To Set Up a Land Trust Conservation Easement

Do you want to ensure your farmland will be protected for years to come? With the Land Trust for Tennessee, you can guarantee your property will remain undeveloped. 1. Tour the property with a Land Trust representative to discuss conservation goals. 2. Review your property and conservation goals with the Land Trust. 3. Consult with…

A Feel for the Game


David Meador of Nashville, Tennessee is a US Blind Golf Association national champion and member of the Tennessee Golf Foundation Hall of Fame. He tells his story and jokes about shooting a low score with a high handicap.