Flat Aggie: All About Mushrooms

With each Flat Aggie report, I’ll be putting together a list additional resources, websites, recipes, books, and activities.  Use this with Flat Aggie’s report from J-M Mushroom Farm to bring Flat Aggie’s Agmazing Adventures to life! Continue reading

Flat Aggie: All About Horses

With each Flat Aggie report, I’ll be putting together a list additional resources, websites, recipes, books, and activities.  Use this with Flat Aggie’s report from Colby Community College to bring Flat Aggie’s Agmazing Adventures to life! Continue reading

Flat Aggie: All About Farm Animals

With each Flat Aggie report, I’ll be putting together a list additional resources, websites, recipes, books, and activities.  Use this with Flat Aggie’s report from Colby Community College to bring Flat Aggie’s Agmazing Adventures to life! Continue reading

10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014

Along with Christmas trees, holy nights and candy canes, top 10 lists are making the rounds. Even though last year was supposed to be Barbara Walters’ last 10 Most Fascinating People, she’s got a new list coming in a week. So, I thought I’d put together another list as well. Here are my thoughts on the 10 Most Fascinating People in Farms & Food, 2014. Keep in mind fascinating means interesting and or charming. Who would you add? Continue reading

The Day After Turkey

What two topics dominate conversations the Friday after Thanksgiving?  Black Friday deals and leftover turkey.  Since Black Friday isn’t my thing, leftover turkey is my focus and this year I think I’ll take my sister-in-law’s recipe for Chicken Lasagna and substitute turkey.  It was a favorite dish for the very last field meal this harvest and will become a staple in this house.  Delicious comfort food to make ahead or serve immediately. Continue reading

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What Does Big Ag Look Like?

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Early this fall everyone – farmers, ranchers and eaters alike – were talking about the New York Times’ Food for Tomorrow conference, its mission to discuss eating and farming better, and the fact that not one solitary make-a-living-off-the-land farmer or … Continue reading

Let’s Talk Turkey

Too often kids learn about farms from Johnny Tractor or Old McDonald.  While cute, fun and interesting to kids, rarely do those characters accurately portray life on a farm.  Thankfully, a few authors have decided to put real farms and real farmers into children’s books. Cris Peterson comes to mind with her range of stories from Extra Cheese, Please to Amazing Grazing to Fantastic Farm Machines.  Illinois Ag in the Classroom even developed a lesson booklet with activities based on each of her books.

I’m so excited that a new author is on the scene with her first book, My Family Farm: Adam’s Turkey Farm.  Katie Olthoff and her family live on the banks of Squaw Creek (also the title of her blog) in Iowa.  She and her husband and two sons raise turkeys and she blogs about that often.

*used with permission

*used with permission

My Family Farm: Adam’s Turkey Farm is a well-written non-fiction children’s book told from her oldest son’s, Adam, point of view.  He talks about life on the farm, how they care for their turkeys, how much he likes to help his dad and how the turkeys grow.

Katie includes a glossary of turkey terms, turkey trivia and a turkey timeline chronicling the turkey’s trip from her farm to -just maybe- your Thanksgiving table.

The bonus is that older readers also get a plethora of facts and figures in addition to the story behind the farm.  I learned so much.  For example, did you know turkeys are “living dinosaurs”?  Katie writes that turkeys are closely related to Apatosaurus and Tyrannosaurus.  OR do you know why most turkeys we see on farms are white?  Well, I’ll just let you read the book to find the answer to that.

And you can . . . a free online version is available here: http://www.onthebanksofsquawcreek.com/p/my-familys-farm.html.

I’ll be sharing with my nieces and nephews after our big meal and quizzing all the adults.