Farm Life

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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For Every Loss a Lesson

For Every Loss a Lesson

We lost a bottle lamb this week. It hasn’t been a good year for us as shepherds. We lost the bottle lamb we had at easter, too. And last week, the sole remaining ewe from our original flock of four. At least those two were […]

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On a Rarity of Firsts

On a Rarity of Firsts

We don’t enjoy many firsts here anymore. We’ve raised at least a few of all the common types of poultry, we’ve farrowed thousands of pigs, a couple handfuls of lambs, we’ve been putting beef steers by in the freezer for years, we’ve raised everything from […]

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When Pigs Won’t Eat: Keeping Show Pigs Growing

When Pigs Won’t Eat: Keeping Show Pigs Growing

Summer has arrived in Michigan. It’s been in the nineties here for the better part of a week. And, like any time it’s hot in the middle of June and July, I’ve spent a not-insignificant portion of that time begging pigs to eat. Contrary to […]

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On Batch Work

On Batch Work

2017 will go down in family history as the year we survived two months without a dryer, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. One day a few years ago our then-eleven year-old washer kicked the bucket. It wasn’t a good time. I was […]

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On The Annual Marathon

On The Annual Marathon

I planted peas this weekend. On Saturday night, in a moment of weakness and unrealistic hope, I dumped a quarter pound of seed leftover from 2012 in a mason jar, topped it off with water and left it on the windowsill overnight with the intention […]

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The Great Winter Rollercoaster of 2016-17

The Great Winter Rollercoaster of 2016-17

Autumn held on longer than I anticipated this year, gracing us with forty and even some fifty-degree weather well into December. Winter peeked out for just over a week mid-month, but otherwise largely left us alone until yesterday. Now, as I write this, my fingers […]

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