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Am I Wearin’ Pants?

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Am I Wearin’ Pants?

“Am I wearin’ pants?!” The group erupted into laughter. We were standing in the sun, outside the Lyons Fire Department on a quick break from the WFR (Wilderness First Responder) course. The four of us were taking deep breaths of cold, sharp air before hopping back into thick of every possible way someone could get themselves hurt, injured, fractured, impaled, burned, scraped, infected, poisoned, and twisted… I mean, testicular torsion, it’s a thing.

The character telling the story was named J. ...

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Saving the Seeds for Future Generations

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Saving the Seeds for Future Generations

I had the pleasure of visiting the USDA National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Ft. Collins, Colorado. It’s basically a vault for preserving crops of agricultural or industrial importance. This sturdy, plain building houses millions of samples of genetic material from the plants and animals that we depend upon for sustenance and livelihood. The building itself is tucked inside a corner of Colorado State University’s campus.

Though it looks much like the structures around it, this building is made entirely ...

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