#FarmVoices on Earth Day

Nothing original from me today, just a share of a video from FarmOn Foundation, attempting to answer the question, “What is A Farmer?”  I think they got pretty close.


All This Corn & Not A Kernel To Eat

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Last summer two college grads, Lake and Catrin, were biking from NYC to California visiting farms along the way. Caught in a sudden summer storm, they ended up on our front porch and we shared an interesting discussion about food … Continue reading

Volunteers: Putting the Extra on Ordinary

Growing up, volunteering was as much a part of our lives as farming. I remember Dad rushing in after chores for a quick shower, bite to eat and splash of Old Spice cologne, then out the door to another late night meeting. He has served on every board imaginable – county farm bureau, fair association, township, school board, regional school board, pork producers. He did it because he felt that if he wanted a say, then maybe he should put in the time. Novel idea, don’t you think?

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Gifts from Cleaning House

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After Grandpa Ray died, Grandma June started to label things. We’d be over for a birthday dinner and one of us would remark, “I really like this picture frame.” The next time we visited a label with the admirer’s name … Continue reading

1 Sunrise & 4 Mouths To Feed

Obviously, I’m a bit behind in my posting of it, but in case you haven’t heard today is National Ag Day. I write that a bit in jest since my social media newsfeeds are nothing but Ag Day posts and well wishes.

This year’s theme was 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed. As the sun’s rays stretched across our fields on this 84th day of the year, I was thinking less about seven billion mouths and more about the two that begged for a “different breakfast” before school this morning. They settled for a homemade version of an egg mcmuffin.

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That Awkward Moment When You Realize People Don’t Eat Fruits & Veggies Because They Just Don’t.

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Last week the headline That Awkward Moment When You Realize It Takes Almost Nothing to Fix Food In America popped up in my newsfeed.  Curious, I clicked and found an easy-on-the-eyes infographic titled Plant the Plate that pieced together how … Continue reading

Would You Rather Win a Medal or Just Jump

Would You Rather games are quite popular these days.  The premise is to ask a question that poses a rather impossible situation or just a silly scenario.

Would you rather drive a moped on a tight rope or go over Niagara Falls in a barrel?

Would you rather be Luke Skywalker or Harry Potter?

Today, our farm boy brought home a “Would You Rather” worksheet from school.  The students had to write their own question and then answer it.  Our farm boy wrote:  “Would you rather be the best at ski jumping but never get to the Olympics OR be able to compete in the Olympics but not win a medal?Continue reading