February 2009
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Looking for Time Well Spent in February

Episode 14: Saturday and Sunday, February 3 and 4

Jim visits D.A. Ray in Trinity and meets some of his unique gourd people creations.

Grace takes us to the small town of Meridianville where each fall one farm family opens its farm and invites North Alabama students to its pumpkin patch, but sends them home with much more than a pumpkin…more importantly, they teach them a deeper appreciation of agriculture.

Chuck discusses the benefits of working with neighboring landowners to form wildlife management co-operatives.  He then travels to Ohio to hunt with a co-op that has been practices quality wildlife management with great success. 

Episode 15: Saturday and Sunday, February 10 and 11

Jim goes to the Talladega National Forest and meets up with Ronnie Jones and the Alabama Wagon Train.

Baseball, cheerleading and soccer are popular activities for young people, but Grace introduces us to some young people whose interests have taken them away from the playing field and led them to the rodeo arena.

Chuck discusses the topic of cull bucks with Dr. Steve Ditchkoff of Auburn University and travels to Selma to hunt with good friend and General Manager of the Central Alabama Farmers Co-op, Tim Wood, at his hunting lodge, The WoodLands.

Episode 16: Saturday and Sunday, February 17 and 18

Jim heads to Springville in St. Clair County where he and biofuel expert Dave Bransby visits with Wayne Keith, who has revived gasification technology that enables regular vehicles normally fueled with gasoline to be powered with biomass materials like wood.

Grace introduces us to Brad Cox, an FFA student, whose character, knowledge and hard work has contributed to the success of the renowned Racking Horse operation near his hometown of Arab.

Chuck travels to South Texas to talk with Roy Hindes, Jr., about his family’s storied history of finding wounded deer for hunters. 

Episode 17: Saturday and Sunday, February 24 and 25

Go bargain hunting with Jim in Scottsboro at Unclaimed Baggage Center where Brenda Cantrell will take us on a tour of one of the most unusual stores in the United States.

Join Grace as she introduces us to Kelly Alredge, a Chilton County teen whose visit to the lake proved to be a first-hand history lesson on Native Americans in Central Alabama.

Chuck and consulting forester, Leh Bass, discuss and innovative way for Alabama forest landowners to make additional revenue from their timberlands by selling carbon credits.

Episode 18: Saturday and Sunday, February 31 and March 1

Follow Jim to Chilton County as he talks to Ginger Duncan about all the hard work that’s done at her family’s Neely Farms Christmas Tree operation.

Grace introduces us to Speake student Zac Rutherford whose work on a local poultry farm has fulfilled the FFA organization’s aim of developing leadership, personal growth and career success through his agricultural experiences.

Chuck discusses proper food plot hunting techniques that can help hunters be more successful. He travels near Selma to hunt at Portland Landing on a late season deer hunt.