21st Century Vocational Education

Recently I joined parents and students in our high school auditorium to view the documentary Beyond Measure. The film profiles several school districts, their teachers, administrators and students, spotlighting the tired side of a standardized educational system driven by assessments and testing.  Then the filmmakers give us a taste of what could be by introducing those who dared the system — teachers who refused to give state mandated tests; teachers who tossed a cardboard box, wires, and a few robotics manuals at their students and said, “Build.” Administrators who asked their staff, “How can you be an effective teacher and how can I support you in that endeavor?” Continue reading


Flat Aggie: All About Dairy

With each Flat Aggie report, I’ll be putting together a list additional resources, websites, recipes, books, and activities.  Use this and farmer math from A Kansas Farm Mom to bring Flat Aggie’s Agmazing Adventures to life!

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Flat Aggie Visits Keriel Dairy

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Welcome to the Keriel Dairy! We are 3rd generation dairy farmers. We are actually the last remaining dairy farm in the largest county (Butler) in Kansas.


What is a rural route?

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In true perfectionist and procrastinator style, I had decided to start blogging several months before I finally took the leap.  The title was the final detail preventing me from going live. I considered so many options, thought about it day … Continue reading


Christmas in The Country Gift Exchange

The past couple years I’ve seen posts circulating about a secret Santa style gift exchange among farm bloggers.  Remembering the fun and mystery of playing Secret Santa in past lives, I finally signed up this year.  Happy to report, the youthful excitement that accompanies an unexpected package still exists. Continue reading


From Chicken to Chocolate: Stop the Boycotts!

Fellow farmers and ranchers, foodies, scientists, agriculturalists and regular people who enjoy food but hate the shaming, marketing and random food labels clogging dinner conversations and newsfeeds . . . here’s a resolution for 2016.  Stop boycotts and start conversations with food companies.  Here’s why:

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Heart of the Farm Planner Giveaway

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My life is ruled by an old-fashioned pen and paper list.  Grocery lists ensure my get-in-and-out approach to shopping.  To do lists give me a sense of accomplishment. I love crossing off each task with a firm stroke of the … Continue reading