Category Archives: Farming

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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An Iowa Onion Trimmer

Between picture perfect onions and the compost heap lies an opportunity. A friend grows onions using organic practices as part of a Community Supported Agriculture project. Onions are harvested from the field then dried in the greenhouse for storage. Sorting, … Continue reading

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Farm Transition

RURAL CEDAR TOWNSHIP — Yesterday was the Practical Farmers of Iowa field day at Carmen Black’s Sundog Farm. Carmen and Susan Jutz explained their farm transition process in a simple duet about bankers, government agencies, insurance companies and community. Like … Continue reading

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Sundog Farm Field Day

My friends Carmen and Susan are hosting a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day called “ZJ to Sundog: Sharing Knowledge and Passing on the Farm” at Sundog Farm on Sunday, July 17, from 2 until 5 p.m. The transition in farm … Continue reading

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Organic Salad Greens

Is the local food movement here to stay? Intellectually, how could it not be? The future must necessarily be one of producing food much closer to where people live, especially as transportation costs escalate, and current food sources in the … Continue reading

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Back at the Farm

This week began another stint working at Local Harvest CSA. I’m back to soil blocking, planting seeds in trays and seedlings in the high tunnel in preparation for another season of vegetables. This year the plan is to work until … Continue reading

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