Category Archives: Farming

How Will Beginning Farmers Get Out of the Poor Farm?

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors disagrees on how to use the property known as the “Poor Farm” and that’s okay. There’s no surprise something will be done with the property, especially to those paying attention. Supervisors recently decided what … Continue reading

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Work, Kitchen, Garden

The text message came while I worked at the home, farm and auto supply store. I saw it on my afternoon break. “If you want to start tomatoes there is a crate on the packing shed floor you could pick … Continue reading

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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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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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Season’s New Hope

My first work day at Local Harvest CSA, was spent organizing for the season and soil blocking for the first seedlings. I made two trays for myself as part of the barter deal with the farmer. In one I seeded … Continue reading

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First Weekend of 2017

Temperatures are forecast in the single digits and low teens all weekend — fit weather for beginning the year. My planned tasks include taking down holiday decorations and meeting with my friend Carmen to discuss a role at her community … Continue reading

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