Monday, July 26, 2010

Another review of the premiere screening of “Return to PrairyErth” at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green

Another review of the premiere screening of “Return to PrairyErth” at Pioneer Bluffs near Matfield Green in the Emporia Gazette. Check it out!

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Friday, July 23, 2010

More Flint Hills acres into conservation easement

7,000 more acres of Flint Hills native tallgrass prairie have been put into conservation easements by Rod Moyer of Junction City per an announcement by the Kansas Land Trust.

See story at:

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Want to get better photos in the Kansas Flint Hills?

If you want to be more satisfied with the photos you take out in the Kansas Flint Hills you will surely want to follow the new blog, flint hills imagemakers; I do!

These are three photographers from Council Grove who are sharing their experience and insights with the rest of us. Be sure to leave a comment on their blog posts to let them know you appreciate what they are doing there!

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills - with your camera!  ;-)

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

A Flint Hills garden tour coming up in Marion

Annie Calovich has a nice article in the Wichita Eagle about the July 24 Marion Garden tour in the Kansas Flint Hills. Check out the details:

AND, the tour benefits a great cause, as well: The Marion Public Library!

Hope you can be there...  ;-)

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Kansas Flint Hills in The Daily Beast

Have you seen the latest Kansas Flint Hills story in The Daily Beast?

An American Prairie Feast by Sophie Menin goes on for three pages, and includes recipes from your own Rose and Kent Bacon. Enjoy!

I don't know about you, but my mouth is watering just reading the highlights!

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Read Beccy Tanner's article on "Return to PrairyErth"

Be sure to see Beccy Tanner's article in the Wichita Eagle:

It includes a really neat opening video clip the the new Flint Hills documentary and many more useful comments and bits of information. I know you will enjoy reading it!

There is also a similar, related story, in NEWSOK:

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pioneer Bluffs: Latest activity report

I just received this announcement from Lynn Smith, Executive Director:

July 24 is the much-anticipated day when Return to PrairyErth comes to
Pioneer Bluffs! Please join us for the premier of this documentary film and
a Prairie Talk by bestselling author William Least Heat-Moon. There is no
charge for this community event.

The fun begins at 4 p.m. with a matinee viewing of the film, and continues
on until the last showing of the film at dusk. All the information is
attached. If you'd like to purchase a "picnic on the prairie" prepared by
our great volunteers, please let me know you'd like to make a reservation.

It's going to be an exciting day! Feel free to share this information with
your email groups, or print it off to post at local businesses. We want
everyone to have the opportunity to meet William Least Heat-Moon and see the
film that features local people.

What we are doing at Pioneer Bluffs is newsworthy! Check out these two
feature stories in today's edition of the Topeka Capital Journal:

Hope to see you July 24! Lynn

Lynn Smith
Executive Director
Pioneer Bluffs Foundation
620.753.3484 office
785.393.1569 cell

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flint Hills Author Deborah Vogts 2nd novel now available

Because she promotes the Kansas Flint Hills in her novels and all of her appearances, it is always a pleasure to promote her efforts whenever I can. Here is a recent blog interview about her 2nd novel, just out, Seed of Summer, the second in the Seasons of Tallgrass series.

Megan does a fine job interviewing Deborah, and Deborah always has very interesting answers to interview questions.

Also, please note, that Country at Heart - the blog by Deborah Vogts, is at the top of my list to the right. Stop over there, read her blog, and sign up for her excellent newsletter. She also has a neat Deborah Vogts Readers Group on Facebook, if you are there as well. Look her up!

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Pioneer Bluffs: A very special Kansas Flint Hills farm

Pioneer Bluffs: A very special Kansas Flint Hills farm

I feel very fortunate to have been around and met a lot of the people responsible for making Pioneer Bluffs, near Matfield Green, in Chase County, what it is today. What that is, is nicely described in a recent article by Angela Deines: "Growing together at Pioneer Bluffs."

I have posted notices about activities at Pioneer Bluffs over the earlier years of this blog. If interested, feel free to roll back through the years to see more, including photos, now and then.

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Flint Hills items of interest - July 12

Flint Hills July 12

Two highlights from my "Flint Hill" Google Alert:

1. ABC Good Morning America feature:
A Sea of Grass: Kansas' Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve by Kate Santichen

We always love to see Flint Hill of Kansas stories like this. Come on over!!  ;-)

2. The Photo Forum asked:
So you want some blue skies and open land?

You need to scroll down a bit to see the three beautiful Flints Hills photos!

Thanks for posting! Love them!

See you in the Kansas Flint Hills!  ;-)

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kansas Department of Commerce to host agritourism workshop

Kansas Department of Commerce to host agritourism workshop

Farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs interested in agritourism are invited to attend a free agritourism workshop July 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Netawaka Community Building in Netawaka, Kan.
The two-hour session will provide an overview of agritourism, including how rural entrepreneurs can start a new agritourism business or incorporate agritourism into an existing business. The session will be led by Jan Janzten, director of Rural Tourism Development for the Flint Hills Resource Conservation & Development and owner of Kansas Flint Hills Adventures, one of the region's most successful agritourism operations.
The informational session is free, and registration is not required.
The event is sponsored by the Kansas Department of Commerce; Flint Hills Resource Conservation & Development; and Glacial Hills Resource Conservation Development.
"Agritourism" typically is defined as the crossroads of traditional agriculture and tourism. Farmers across Kansas are realizing the benefits of tailoring their operations to tourists, who are increasingly longing to visit a working ranch, rope a calf, ride a horse, pick their own apples or tour a winery. These activities provide lifelong memories for tourists and additional revenue for Kansas farmers who host them. If you are a Kansas producer looking to grow your business, then becoming an agritourism vendor may be the perfect way to do it.
The Kansas Department of Commerce promotes agritourism in Kansas through various programs and services, including the Kansas Agritourism Attraction Development Loan, the Agritourism Educational Scholarship Program and the Simply Kansas trademark program. For details, visit
For more information, contact Becki Rhoades with the Kansas Department of Commerce at 785-296-3737; Jan Jantzen with Flint Hills RC&D at 620-340-0113, extension 9; or Jessica Bowser with Glacial Hills RC&D at 785-945-6292.
Info Courtesy of: High Plains/Midwest AG

See you in the Flint Hills of Kansas!  ;-)

Friday, July 09, 2010

Flint Hills Discovery Center Groundbreaking

Flint Hills Discovery Center Groundbreaking

See photos and story of the groundbreaking for the Flint Hills Discovery Center that took place on Wednesday, July 7, 2010, at the Mahanttan, Kansas website.

See you in the Flint Hills of Kansas!  ;-)

Dr. Bill ;-)
Author of "Back to the Homeplace"
and "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

Thursday, July 08, 2010