Category Archives: Farming

Challenges in a Local Food System

My 2013 decision to develop a barter arrangement with my friend Susan Jutz helped resolve a couple of issues. I needed the cash income plus a share of the vegetables she grew. More importantly than income, I wanted to become … Continue reading

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Apple Share

(Editor’s Note: This year I donated 350 pounds of Red Delicious apples to Local Harvest CSA for distribution in member shares. Here’s the note I wrote for weekly newsletter). The apples in your share are Red Delicious variety grown from … Continue reading

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Hot Weather Harvest

On a fine summer day conditions were perfect to harvest hay and garlic. My CSA friends recruited volunteers to bring in the garlic and across the county farmers were baling hay in large round and small rectangular bales. On Independence … Continue reading

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Garlic Harvest 2019

In a year of weird weather, garlic suddenly became ready to pull at Sundog Farm. Some cloves began to burst and if the farmers couldn’t figure out exactly why, they decided to harvest it all before any more went past … Continue reading

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Gardening In Between Times

June’s last day marks the beginning of my hiatus from farm work. The orchard’s chief apple officer confirmed they need me in the sales barn this year. My manager emailed me back to set a starting date. Apple season is … Continue reading

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40 Acres Sans Mule

There is nothing magical about 40 acres in the 21st Century. Today’s American farmers can make a living on much less, largely because of crop diversification, technology, and emerging markets for locally grown food. For a beginning specialty-crop farmer, 40 … Continue reading

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Wind Howled All Day

The store manager from the home, farm and auto supply store phoned Sunday afternoon to ask me to work on Monday. The colleague who assumed my full time job last spring was visiting family in Nebraska and bad weather closed … Continue reading

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