Stories by Judith Sutherland

Fervor for farming simmers within

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Everyone has a story to tell, and once in awhile you meet someone who carries that story with such reverence that it serves as a simmering pot in which the foundation to reach a goal grows stronger with each passing year.

Judith Sutherland: Local, farm-fresh food is the best

Thursday, May 26, 2011

I have always enjoyed conversation with those who enjoy growing as well as hunting their own food. There is an insight that goes beyond the typical, because for each of them, this became a conscious choice at some point in their lives.

Dirty jobs: Do whatever to get job done

Thursday, May 19, 2011

There are some things that get my attention, which I realize most people wouldn’t even hear in random conversation. I was standing in line at the store and overheard a woman say to her husband, “No, these gloves aren’t thick enough. Put them back. If I start working in the flower bed and end up […]

Lyme disease: Learn this lesson from Janet (or me)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

“I was a strong, hardworking woman raising a family, helping my husband with his business, mowing four acres of yard every week, gardening and holding a job. I felt like superwoman. But as time wore on, so did my health.”

— Janet DeCesare,

from Ticked Off

Judith Sutherland: Barns can hold untold stories

Thursday, May 5, 2011

The barns of my childhood hold memories for me, nooks and crannies explored endlessly until they had become a part of our landscape.

What do you mean my name is Judith?

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Some can say that they come from a dash of royal heritage, others can claim a background family tree filled with military heroes. Me? I come from a long line of nicknames. When my parents were youngsters, each had been given a pet family name. Dad was his parents’ first born in 1932, and his […]

Farmers walk a delicate tightrope

Thursday, April 21, 2011

“There were times we wondered how we kept from starving to death, but as long as mama had eggs from our laying hens after she had sold enough to fill orders, we knew we would survive. We felt lucky when papa brought rabbit home from the woods, and if there were still carrots and onions […]

Yes, I’ll gladly blow out my candles

Thursday, April 14, 2011

I try to embrace the gift of another birthday, the gift of each and every day, really. I try to celebrate for those who didn’t get to grow older along with us, while holding them dear in treasured memories.

Memories of Mary Lou

Thursday, April 7, 2011

I long ago asked why the bull had a ring in its nose. I was told, simply, to never get close enough to find out. Without a word said, it was Mary Lou Moffett who answered that question for me, and it is something I will never, ever forget. A hard-working woman who raised five […]

Kitchen is heart and soul of farm

Thursday, March 31, 2011

There is nothing more joyful than laughter and conversation wrapped around a hearty meal with friends.

Wash day? We have it way too easy!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My grandmother once told me that my generation had no idea what real housework consisted of, especially when it came to wash day. She was always appalled when young people had the nerve to complain about how much laundry they had to do, saying, “If they had to work at it like we did, they […]

Mother Nature is always in charge

Thursday, March 17, 2011

By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist Hoping for a little Irish luck, all I am asking is to replace the mud with a whole lot of green. Bring on the sunshine and balmy breezes! One day recently, after having had winter weather storm warnings with a flood warning thrown in on top of it, […]

Life’s journey is lovelier with dogs

Thursday, March 10, 2011

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me they are the role model for being alive.” — Gilda Radner By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist Each day on this farm is a new gift, the best of which is enjoying my cast of characters — my dogs. My […]

What the written word can do

Thursday, March 3, 2011

I wish I had a nickle for every time I have been asked, “how do you find something to write about every single week?” The only answer I know to give is that writing has never seemed like a chore to me. I don’t feel the enormity of it that others seem to see. I […]

Can lesson can be learned from past?

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Have you noticed a trend in the American work force? It seems that everyone I talk to is either being worked to death with no time to enjoy life and family, or they have no work at all and have the constant worry of trying to hold it all together. Conversation I struck up an […]

Snow not as appealing as it used to be

Thursday, February 10, 2011

You know you are getting old when snow no longer holds one single bit of appeal. I think of all the times I hoped for snow — heck, even prayed for snow. We wanted enough snow to create an incredible winter wonderland. It wasn’t like getting off of school meant lying around for part of […]

They don’t make ‘em like they used to

Thursday, February 3, 2011

“The strongest oak of the forest is not the one that is protected from the storm and hidden from the sun. It’s the one that stands in the open where it is compelled to struggle for its existence against the winds and rains and scorching sun.” –Napoleon Hill By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy Columnist […]

Bottled serenity could cure any illness

Thursday, January 27, 2011

“I was shaken awake by a nasty wind this morning. As I headed out to the barn to begin my chores, I saw that a nice little fall of snow had created a flattering prospect for sleighing.“ – Alexander Smalley, entry in diary, January, 1868 By JUDITH SUTHERLAND Farm and Dairy columnist I have often […]

You had to have pluck to survive

Thursday, January 13, 2011

“I’d passed the teacher test. I was being offered the job of an itinerant replacement teacher in northern Arizona. The school that was expecting me was in Red Lake, Arizona, five hundred miles to the west of our farm, and the only way for me to get there was (on my horse) Patches. I decided […]

Worrying won’t solve life’s problems

Thursday, January 6, 2011

With age comes wisdom, but with wisdom comes the realization of concerns that never occur to a person during the bliss of youth. When my kids were little, I loved every minute of my time with them. I often wanted to freeze the moment, loving this particular age. I came to realize that every single […]


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About Judith

Judith Sutherland, born and raised on an Ohio family dairy farm, now lives on a 70-acre farm not far from the area where her father’s family settled in the 1850s. Appreciating the tranquility of rural life, Sutherland enjoys sharing a view of her world through writing. Other interests include teaching, reading, training dogs and raising puppies. She and her husband have two children, a son and a daughter, in college.