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What’s the recipe for a good family dinner?

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Leave it to those same fine souls who brought us “cocoa powder” that tastes nothing like actual chocolate, in any form, to be up to their old hijinks when it comes to “fixing dinner.” Food giant Nestle is now linking healthy families with gathering around the table at dinnertime in a new advertising campaign for […]

Feeding corn to deer could be death sentence

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Just days after 20 inches of snow blanketed the ridge, a second storm arrived. We could have another 8 inches by morning. Such conditions bring out the softie in many of us. We make sure the bird feeders are filled even before we shovel out the driveway. Feeding the deer? But what about feeding the […]

Hornet’s nest tells the true story of snowfall

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Remember that high hornets’ nest I wrote about in the Jan. 21 column? Old-timers believed the higher the hornets built their nests, the deeper the snow. Well, that nest tells the true story about snowfall here, and every day there are a few more inches wiping out the creature glyphs in the now unblemished surface. […]

A public relations plan is needed now more than ever for every farm

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Have you thought about developing a public relations plan for your farm? As we look at the challenges facing agriculture, topping the list today is the Humane Society of the US (HSUS) and their attempt to place an issue on the November 2010 ballot. It will take the help of all farmers to help spread […]

Black History Month: Garrett Morgan’s inventions leave mark in Ohio

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Hello Again! This certainly will be a February to remember for years to come. Snow days My daughter is beginning to think that she is being home schooled. It is good to have time together as a family and we are very grateful that our electricity and heat have remained on. Many of our neighbors […]

Farmers should be honest, open about what they do

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Talk is cheap but words have meaning. In a mid-January speech to the 400 or so farmers, vendors and state officials at the 10th annual Minnesota Organic Conference in St. Cloud, I spent most of my hour talking about words like “elitist,” “educate,” “farmer,” “producer,” “customer” and even “mule.” Attack I thought the talk went […]

Farms offer stress relief to friends, family

Thursday, February 11, 2010

“Speak gently — it is better far to rule by love than fear; speak gently, let not harsh words mar the good we might do here. Speak gently, love does whisper low, the vows that true hearts bind; and gentle friendship’s accents flow, affection’s voice is kind. Speak gently to the young, for they will […]

Hazard A Guess: Week of Feb. 11, 2010

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Each week Farm and Dairy challenges readers to identify a small tool or gadget (or at least ‘hazard a guess’ as to its use).

The time to plant may be now

Thursday, February 11, 2010

The time to plant may be now. With weather like we are having, you may think this is a crazy statement, but it is time to sow seed in our pasture and hay fields. Frost seeding There is a method called “frost seeding” where you apply seed to the ground and the freezing and thawing […]

An ordinary life

Thursday, February 11, 2010

His was, by all accounts, an ordinary life. I first met him when he was nearly 70, and I was not yet 30. He was a quiet, Mennonite man who enjoyed reading — and writing — poetry in his spare time. I was an newlywed expecting my first baby. I wrote nothing remotely close to […]

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