Visual media has always been an integral part of what we do. The best part of a small farm isn’t the long hours, lack of family vacations, and annual mountains of paperwork, after all. The best parts of a small farm are the sights. Some […]
When I write blog posts here they’re always for you — the Michiganders who support our existence by eating locally and well, the fellow small-scale farmers and homesteaders who like to share in our experiences and earned knowledge, the ag and food-enthusiasts who share our […]
I’m a little reluctant to call these resolutions. I’m not drawn to the idea of resolutions; public declarations of an intention to do this thing or not do that one. I’ve come to see life and its relative success or failure as a moving target. That said, I’m a sucker for goals and intentions. I like the new year as a set point for reassessment and goal setting. I like to think somewhere between an on-high pronouncement of hard resolutions and a quiet intention to work towards a few little things is this list. Six not-so-little things I’ll be concentrating on in 2015. (more…)
‘Tis the season!
The season for joy, for merrymaking, for gift giving, and for celebrating.
Whether you’ve got just one or two special children on your gift-giving list or, like me, the number of kids on your Christmas list seems to grow with each passing year, food and farm-themed gifts are a great way to make the season merry and bright, while also connecting them with the source of their sustenance and introducing them to American agriculture.
In this gift guide I’ve compiled my top farm-to-fork theme gift picks for kids, keeping my eye on affordability. Over the next week or so I’ll also share some good picks for tweens and teens, as well as adults, both men and women, plus a special edition for those of you who’d like to “do good” with your gift giving this year.
I’ve always gravitated towards classic toys and books so you won’t notice anything high-tech here; you can save yourself a run to the store for batteries and maybe just boost your kids’ creativity and imagination in the process. The aprons could even be donned to help with Christmas Day dinner prep, engaging the whole family in a little foodie fun.
Jamie Oliver says kids don’t need their own cookbooks and I tend to agree. Instead, bring out a picture heavy cookbook meant for adults to pique their interest. A mouthwatering picture is a mouthwatering picture whether you’re nine or ninety, after all.
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If, at some point, I become half the hog farmer Pete Blauwiekel is, my work on this earth will be done. So, when I decided I wanted to run a “Thank a Farmer” series on the blog this month, it’s only natural that he was […]
This circa 1940 photo of farmer, Curtis Whitlock, and his prized purebred sow comes from the Shorpy vintage photo collection. The caption provided says that Farmer Whitlock bought his sow, some foundation dairy cows, and a “fine work mare” with a loan from the Farm […]