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Green Thumb – What’s That Weed?

A weed is a plant in the wrong place. As a small child I got a kick out of picking dandelions just to blow away the fluff. Now I pluck them from the lawn in slow motion. Dandelions have a bad rap because they spread so easily, but it’s important to ...read more

Around the Farm – Early Year of Planting

Like most things on the farm, planting is a team effort. The main team members on our farm include my dad, my mom and me… and our ag retailer who delivers our seed and helps us with various jobs. Our teamwork was extra helpful this year since we were pushing pretty ...read more

Around the Farm – Farming with Family

Growing up, my parents always encouraged my brother and I to go to college to further our knowledge in agriculture, learn from other farmers and to see what agriculture is like outside of our family’s operation. I always knew it wasn’t going to be a guarantee that I would be able ...read more

Green Thumb – Garden Trends & New Plants in 2021

It is time to bid a less than fond farewell to 2020. This past year has been a challenge in many ways. Fortunately, we can now look forward to a brand new year and a brand new gardening season full of trends to discover and plants to inspire us. Garden Trends The ...read more

Around the Farm – Making Goat Milk Soap

Hello from the Koenig Farms soap shop! Somehow after a stressful day on the farm it relaxes me to come home and whip up a batch of soap. In fact, today I was at the farm all day and then came home to cut my most recent batch of soap into ...read more

Green Thumb – Ask the Master Gardeners About Herbs

When people ask you how you take such good care of your herb garden... Tell them you have lots of thyme! Herbs are in a special category of their own because they are timeless. The ancient Greeks considered parsley sacred. In Medieval times, knights wore small stems of thyme on their ...read more

Around the Farm – A Day in the Life of a Pig Farmer

Growing up on the family farm watching my father and grandfather work together helped develop my passion for agriculture, specifically raising pigs. We also grow corn and soybeans that we use to feed our hogs. My younger brother and I own a wean-to-finish swine operation in Sycamore that I manage the ...read more

Around the Farm – Family Farmers

Yep, that’s me in the picture there. The littlest one second from the left, ready for the first day of school. This is one of my favorite family pictures. Not only are my three wonderful siblings in the picture, but our farm dog and cattle are in the picture too, ...read more

Around the Farm – The More Things Change, The More They Stay the Same

Three years doesn’t sound like very long until you stand back and assess all the changes that occurred. Only then do you realize the ebb and flow of life at play. Since I started writing this column, our two children entered preschool, and then kindergarten and first grade. Eleanor and Luke started ...read more

Around the Farm – A “Normal” Year of Farming

This article was going to be on what a normal year in farming looks like but as I sat here staring at the blank screen for what seemed to be an eternity I came to the conclusion that there is no “normal” in farming – at least not here of ...read more