Category Archives: Farming

A Difficult And Strange Season Of Weather

By Carmen Black (Editor’s Note: Iowa Farmers deal with an existential reality that is the weather. Regardless of increasingly polarized discussions about climate change, weather affects real people in tangible ways. Carmen recently wrote this piece to members of her … Continue reading

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Why Don’t Iowa Farmers Export More to Europe?

During a brief appearance at Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta on July 26, President Trump claimed a trade breakthrough with European allies. “We just opened up Europe for you,” he said. Not so fast! On Saturday, European Union Commission … Continue reading

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Last Day of the Season 2018

Beginning on Feb. 25, and 862 trays of soil blocks later, my 2018 farm work season ended today at Sundog Farm. I finished at Wild Woods Farm on Friday. More than anything, farm work has been time with young people … Continue reading

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Summer Begins

A letter from our rural medical clinic reached me early this morning. I read every word it had to say. I said, the letter reached me early this morning, I read every word it had to say. Rural life ain’t … Continue reading

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Farmers Talk Land Use

The room was packed for the Johnson County Board of Supervisors public hearing on the County’s comprehensive plan. Current and would-be farmers were present and spoke about their profession. The hearing took two and a half hours. Supervisors have been … Continue reading

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Farm Friday

Friday is my day to work with Farmer Kate near Iowa City. I made 30,288 soil blocks for plants at Wild Woods Farm this season. Add in additional work at Sundog Farm and my total production was 59,688 soil blocks … Continue reading

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Bringing Food Home

A relationship with food in American society is complicated. Some don’t have enough. Others are awash in calories. We each have a human need for nourishment and the ways we go about meeting it are as different as the families … Continue reading

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