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Getting ready for birding in the spring season

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickadees. This week it’s time for the next step despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up […]

I need more wood for the stove, but…

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The tall, mostly dead red oak on the eastern edge of the farmette still stands this late, long winter, saved mostly by this late, long winter. The majestic, strong-armed tree, my age or a little more, had a date with the saw and maul as soon as the weather turned cold. Deep snow and face-cracking […]

Moving mountains

Thursday, March 6, 2014

It started, as natural disasters often do, completely without warning. Mr. Wonderful and I were enjoying a relaxing weekend morning coffee and chatting about all manner of things in that scattershot way married people have. “We need more cat food, hey did you drop off/pick up/pay that?” “How about that crazy friend on Facebook?” Somehow […]

Getting ready for birding in the spring season

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Last week I did my best to think spring by suggesting that it was time to put up a few nest boxes for cavity-nesting birds such as eastern bluebirds, tufted titmice, Carolina wrens, and chickadees. This week it’s time for the next step despite a forecast for more severe winter weather. It will warm up […]

Moving mountains

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

It started, as natural disasters often do, completely without warning. Mr. Wonderful and I were enjoying a relaxing weekend morning coffee and chatting about all manner of things in that scattershot way married people have. “We need more cat food, hey did you drop off/pick up/pay that?” “How about that crazy friend on Facebook?” Somehow […]

Deering — a forgotten farm equipment dealership

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The two Whinery brothers sold Deering farm equipment and other farm supplies, as well as builder’s supplies and, in 1915, made the decision to incorporate the business as a stockholder-owned company, probably to raise money to expand the business.

Starting a farm: Looking for land

Friday, February 28, 2014

The high price of farmland is the most common complaint of new farmers, and with good reason; both crop and pasture land is selling at an all-time high.

Bump in grain prices becoming a rally

Friday, February 28, 2014

All three major commodities on the Chicago Board of Trade have shown signs of an uptrend for a few weeks.

Showering with unsolicited advice

Friday, February 28, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

OSHA backs off small farm target

Thursday, February 27, 2014

OSHA backed off its previous enforcement directive regarding on-farm grain storage, and emphasized that farms with 10 or fewer employees are exempt from OSHA inspection or enforcement activities.

Get ready! Turkey hunting season is coming

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Apparently, spring turkey season is the next big event. Forget everything else, because it is turkey, turkey, turkey from here on out. Not just in Ohio, but in nearly every state, where turkey hunters are like cash cows to marketers of outdoor gear. Our mailbox has been filled in recent weeks with catalogs, fliers, offers […]

Perseverance to correct erosion problems

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Even the most die-hard winter fan must be hoping that spring is right around the corner. I don’t fall into the category of liking winter; I simply endure it. Most days I find myself needing an attitude of perseverance to get through this time of year. I like this quote about perseverance: “Don’t be discouraged. […]

Congress: Be sure to read it and then pay

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On Jan. 5, 2011, www.gop.gov, the website for the “House Republican Majority,” trumpeted news that its members had acted on their “promise” to “ensure that bills are debated and discussed in the public square by publishing the text online for at least three days before coming up for a vote in the House of Representatives.” […]

Knowledge is displayed in many ways

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Do not let a test score deter you from the power of the dream.

Showering with unsolicited advice

Thursday, February 27, 2014

At the risk of sounding obnoxious, I think Mr. Wonderful and I have raised — to this point anyway — two good kids. The ones that are kind, giving, gracious, look out for others. I’m proud of that. I flatter myself that people want to know how we have managed through cleverness, parenting skill, and […]

Grandpa Charlie worked hard, kept busy

Thursday, February 27, 2014

I am touched by the many readers who have personally withstood similar loss, for their words of understanding resonate deeply.

Ruffed Grouse Society adds woodcock option

Thursday, February 27, 2014

To an unsuspecting beginner, flushing a grouse or woodcock can be unnerving.

Paper to plastic

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I can still remember thinking — “What are they crazy?” — when just hours after the birth of our firstborn the hospital staff began blanketing me in what seemed an endless stack of papers. Forms Medical forms, insurance forms, social security forms and birth certificate information. I gave birth to a 7 pound baby, and […]

Starting seeds indoors: What you need to know

Friday, February 21, 2014

If you’re an avid gardener, or hobby farmer, get your seeds started indoors soon. Starting seeds in late February and early March will give your plants the best chance when they’re moved outdoors.

HSUS and PETA are the least of your problems

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Early February was not a good time to be an American carnivore. First, on Feb. 8, Rancho Feeding Co. of Petaluma, Calif., announced it was recalling 8.7 million pounds of beef carcasses and cuts. That’s virtually every pound of the company’s 2013 throughput. Reason The reason for the recall, explained the Feb. 11 Los Angeles […]

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