Category Archives: Work Life

Organic Food’s Sticky Wicket

When people think of local food, most have seasonal sweet corn and tomatoes in mind. That hasn’t changed much in years. The quest for good-tasting food that does no harm has also been around for a long time. Organic food … Continue reading

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A 2,000 Word Day

I’ll be filling in for editor Trish Nelson at Blog for Iowa the next two weeks while she takes a well-deserved break. To meet a daily posting requirement I wrote four posts Saturday in between gardening, cooking, mowing and laundry. … Continue reading

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Home Stretch

The campaign to survive after a transportation career turned the bend and is heading into the home stretch. Economic realities we face as a family continue to exist, but the effort to cope — including 12 lowly paid jobs since 2012 … Continue reading

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Seedling Season Ends

Yesterday I made the last 62 trays of soil blocks at Sundog Farm (Local Harvest CSA) and Wild Woods Farm. Totaling 946 trays or roughly 110,000 individual seedling soil blocks, I made more than in any previous season. Adding Wild … Continue reading

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Breaking the Back of Local Food Farmers

What could break the back of the local food system? Lack of affordable individual health insurance policies. Finding and funding health insurance is a key pivot point for local food farmers when considering remaining in business. If they can’t afford … Continue reading

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Living, Writing and Blogging

It’s 287 days until I plan to leave work at the home, farm and auto supply store and create a day job as a writer. I had hoped to continue writing when I joined the retail outlet. However, it has … Continue reading

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Cooking is Inspiration

The folks I hang with in the local food system are focused on product. Is the asparagus ready? What about the rhubarb? When should I plant peppers and tomatoes? How much should we put into a member share? I’m interested … Continue reading

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