Category Archives: Farming

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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Back to the Garden

No food is more local than a kitchen garden. I’ve got to get moving on mine after a late spring. Everyone was in a good mood at the farms when I soil blocked Friday and Sunday. My farmer friends caught … Continue reading

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There is a Family Dairy Farm Crisis

Things are bad when the coop sends the suicide hotline number with the milk payment. Milk prices are currently about $15 per hundred weight while cost of production at family farms is more than $22 per hundred weight. Like so … Continue reading

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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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