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Around the Farm – Till Next Time

With the combine parked and the grain in storage it’s time for us to get down to business with our “fall” tillage…despite the fact that it’s January. Tillage, in general, is the process of preparing soil for the upcoming planting season and is also used to incorporate fertilizer into the ground. There ...read more

Stray Kernels – Searching for Hope

Merriam-Webster.com describes hope as a verb: “to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or be true,” and as a noun: “desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment.” Hope can be something you do—“I hope we have a better growing season in 2020,” or something you ...read more

Around the Farm – Finding Joy this Season

Call me selfish, but the holiday season is one of my favorite times here on our farm. And trust me, it’s not just about the boxes of gifts underneath the Christmas tree. The corn and beans are harvested (this year, just barely) but that’s a story for another day. We’ve worked our ...read more

Stray Kernels – Empathy

“Empathy is getting down on your knees and looking someone else in the eye, and realizing that you could be them, and that all that separates you is luck.” ~Dennis Lehane, American writer It’s a judgy world out there. I’m constantly aware of the discourse around food and farming. The divide between ...read more

Around the Farm – If At First You Don’t Succeed…

...dry, dry a grain. With the extreme delay in this year’s planting season it is important to cover an ever-present issue and one that is even more crucial this year. It’s an issue that can keep farmers from getting in the field with their combine, cause grain in storage to spoil ...read more

Green Thumb – Flowers of the Frost

Fall is often the forgotten gardening season. However, fall is one of the most beautiful of the seasons in nature and can be equally amazing in our home gardens. There exists a good selection of plants that do well in the fall and right up to the time when frost ...read more

Around the Farm – Gearing up for Meals on Wheels

This time of year is filled with bustling schedules. From back to school routines and filled up sporting schedules to the start of the fall harvest season, this is the time of year when it’s go, go, go time. So it only makes sense that with all this activity, on the ...read more

Stray Kernels – Pondering Plastic

I once stood on the shore of a Philippine island and gaped with dismay at hundreds of plastic bags washed ashore and bobbing gently in the waves. I remember that as I ponder the movement to ban single-use plastics. Grocery bags. Water bottles. Straws. If you pay attention for even a ...read more

Green Thumb – Beautiful Hibiscus

I need a bumper sticker with this phrase: “I brake for hibiscus.” I saw a plant last summer with flowers so big they looked like pink dinner plates hanging on a bush. Who could drive by without stopping to look? If you’ve never seen flowers this big, you might think it’s ...read more

Around the Farm – Critical Year for GDUs

Getting seed in the ground is only the beginning of the battle to growing a good crop. Farmers didn’t stand a chance against the monsoonariffic (yeah, I made it up) wrath of Mother Nature this spring. But now the looming thought that incessantly occupies farmers’ minds is weather – or ...read more