Tag Archives: farming

Gathering on a Farm

A lone bald eagle soared over Rapid Creek north of Wild Woods Farm. We were pulling plastic over the new high tunnel. The eagle lofted in the wind as if it were summer. We would rather the wind died down … Continue reading

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Very Late Fall Cookery

With winter solstice tomorrow afternoon, it’s getting late to be calling this autumn. There are still fresh vegetables in the ice box and plenty of ideas for what to do with them. On Monday and Tuesday I binged on YouTube … Continue reading

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God Willing and the Creek Rose

The phone rang as I was preparing for a shift at the orchard. Heavy rains had Rapid Creek flooding its banks and the nearby pumpkin patches. Apple trees on the south side of the creek would be inaccessible until the … Continue reading

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Taking a Deep Dive

It’s raining as I type on the keyboard. Rain is to relent and I hope it does because one of the farmers for whom I work is getting married today. In our small family there are not many celebrations. I’m … Continue reading

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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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Apple Harvest is Under Way

I bought State Fair, William’s Pride, Pristine and Duchess of Oldenberg apples at the orchard and brought them home. All but one have been eaten. The goal was to taste them and determine which apples to buy for out of … Continue reading

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