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Demonstration Farms:
A TVA Success Story
Although it is little-known today,
the test-demonstrations farm
(TDF) program was a major
ingredient of the Tennessee Valley
Authority story, which began in the
early 1930s. TVA was the federal
government's solution to several
needs in the Tennessee Valley.
Before its founding during the early
years of Franklin Roosevelt's New
Deal, the valley had approximately
225,000 farms and a farm
population of around 1.35 million.
It was one of the most poverty
stricken regions of the country. Only
about 2 percent of the families had
electricity.
The seven-state TVA region had
millions of acres of depleted,
worn-out soil; suffered massive
erosion; lacked efficient fertilizers;
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And why was
Ralph
impatient?
Because
he
was awating the
departure of the
long coach bus
in his father's
driveway-a
bus chartered
by TVA for their
guests.
The
knot of people around the
owner of the
farm-Garfield
Blaine
(G.B.)
Peterson-was
taking in the
wonders of this
showcase farm,
which was in
effect a schoolroom-for the
c o m m u n i t y,
the nation and
the world.



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015

The Oil Lamps
South Carolina-Georgia Mountain Weekend
Night Sky: The Guide to Cold, Clear Winter Nights
Night Sky: The Photoessay
The Day a Tennessee Farmer Showed a Prince a Thing or Two
East-Tennessee Dining: A Gourmand Couple Explores the Tastes of their Home Territory
History Lives in This Virginia Mountain “Cabin”
Table of Contents
From the Editor / Worth a Click
Mill Creek Stories
The Hike
Great Buys
Mountain Report
Creature Feature
Festivals & Events
Singing in the Garden
Guest Column: Chris Arvidson
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Intro
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Cover1
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Cover2
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 4
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Mill Creek Stories
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 7
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - The Hike
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 9
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 10
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Great Buys
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 15
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 16
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - The Oil Lamps
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 18
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - South Carolina-Georgia Mountain Weekend
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 20
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 21
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 22
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 23
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Night Sky: The Guide to Cold, Clear Winter Nights
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 25
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Night Sky: The Photoessay
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 27
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 28
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 29
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - The Day a Tennessee Farmer Showed a Prince a Thing or Two
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 31
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 32
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 33
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - East-Tennessee Dining: A Gourmand Couple Explores the Tastes of their Home Territory
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 35
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 36
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 37
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 38
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 39
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 40
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 41
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - History Lives in This Virginia Mountain “Cabin”
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 43
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 44
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 45
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 46
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Singing in the Garden
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 48
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - 49
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Guest Column: Chris Arvidson
Blue Ridge Country - November/December 2015 - Cover3
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