Agriculture

Rural Roadways During Harvest: A Guide

Rural Roadways During Harvest: A Guide

Life is hectic. We all have places to be, people to see, and a revolving list of things to do. Rarely however, are those places, people, and things urgent. Sure, we have schedules to keep as closely as we can. And, certainly, it’d be nice […]

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The Best People Love Food: A Survey

“Cooking is like love. It should be entered into with abandon or not at all.” Harriet Van Horne was a wise woman. I have always been a supporter of American farmers broadly speaking; not just of our farm or of farms like ours, but of […]

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9 Frequently Asked Questions About Pig Farming

9 Frequently Asked Questions About Pig Farming

Over the past couple of years hundreds of thousands of people have landed on this blog after searching for information about pigs, pork and farming practices. What the record of that traffic amounts to is something of a social pulse. The exact questions that bring […]

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On Supporting Staff

There are six of them in there; hunkered down for the storm of the century… decade…year… winter so far? I spent two hours on the road this morning just as the front edge of that storm hit and I was reminded how under-appreciated the men […]

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On Talking to the Animals

I love food choice. That’s cliché, but true. I love that the food options available to me and my fellow Americans are virtually limitless. If you want to be vegan, you can be vegan. If you want to go gluten free, go gluten free! If […]

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There Goes Michigan’s “Right to Farm.” Or Not.

Michigan’s been on a roll lately. First they banned wild pigs, setting off a crunchy firestorm that brews to this day. Now they’ve gone and had the nerve to revise the state’s Right to Farm Act (RTFA), closing an oft exploited loophole that leaves urban […]

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On Being “More Humane”

Recently I sat in a meeting where I had to talk a lot about our farm. I hope to be able to give you more details about it soon, but for now there’s not much to say. Except that part way through as we were […]

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For International Women’s Day: On Being a Woman in Agriculture

I’m never quite sure what to say when people ask me what it’s like to be a woman in agriculture. It’s a lot of things; which, I imagine, is akin to being a man in agriculture. It’s all at once easy, difficult, tiring, exhilarating, thankless, […]

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Thank a Farmer: Kerry Nobis of Nobis Dairy

Kerry Nobis, Michigan Dairy Farmer I made the long trek (I kid, it’s all of about 11 miles) out to Nobis Dairy Farm on a rainy Saturday at the beginning of this month, and what I learned is that Kerry Nobis is highly underrated. Whip […]

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The Story of Bob

Bob was a pig to behold. He came out wide through the chest, long in the body, and thick through the hams from moment one. He had thick, straight legs, and the personality to fit his looks. He was the first to the milk bar […]

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