Tag 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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Hoping for Garden Time

My next shift at the home, farm and auto supply store is May 16. That schedule provides a solid block of time at home to work in the yard and garden. If it rains, I’ll work inside. There is no … 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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First Day at the Farm

This is me soil blocking at Sundog Farm last Sunday. Working at farms has been a spring ritual which helps me feel like part of a larger organization. The older I get, the more important that seems. Farmers may seem … Continue reading

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