Can I Have Some Time?

Back in the winter, when our first i-pad arrived at the house, My Farmer and I instituted the “time” rule – 30 minutes a day the kids could play games. We downloaded a timer app while simultaneously watching the clock, fearing 30 minutes staring at the screen would turn their brains to mush.  So far, no mush. Continue reading


A Farm Boy’s First Love

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Last fall, when my newly-minted 4-H member announced he wanted a cow for a 4-H project, my heart just about burst. Growing up, my cows and calves had been my best friends.  A long drama filled junior high school day … Continue reading

National Zucchini Day

National Zucchini DayIt’s National Zucchini Day!  My mom says this time of year is the only time folks will lock their cars while at mass on Sunday.  Why?  Too many well-meaning gardeners (myself included) looking to leave a gift of zucchini for our neighbors.

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Wordless Wednesday: A Boy & His Calf


Wordless Wednesday - no words“You’re really mine aren’t you?”  The thought burst into Eli’s head staightaway and stood there tingling, finally taking hold. He reached with his other hand and stroked the stray wisps of hair sprouting up between Little Joe’s ears.  Then he leaned closer and smelled his calf.  He knew he’d never forget that smell.  It was sweet and fresh . . . 

From Little Joe by Sandra Neil Wallace

Wordless Wednesday: Farm Kid Summers

Farm Kid SummerFrom author Michelle Houts new book The Practical County Drama Queen:

“What Sarah Cuthbert and other town kids just don’t get is that farm kids have a life beyond the swimming pool. But, that’s okay. I’ll try to make it there once or twice, just to see people and show that I’m not a complete and total farm nerd.”

How true. How true. During my childhood, I spent more time with my cows or in the garden or in the fields than at any typical kid-friendly summer activity.  And this summer, in particular, my farm boy is doing the same.  Farm kid summers are different and that’s okay.



Flat Aggie Visits Holly Berry Farm

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Greetings from Santa Claus, Indiana and Holly Berry Farm! Flat Aggie is so excited to tell you about her stay here and all about our matted row strawberry patch! Holly Berry Farm is located in southern Indiana about 20 miles … Continue reading


I Plant GMOs in My Fields, Not in My Garden

Back in early February, I sat in my kitchen in front of my laptop preparing to Skype for the first time. I know, I know. My lack of techy-ness is shining through. I use my computer for work, my phone to talk to people and the TV to watch. Old school. Continue reading