Category Archives: Farming

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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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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