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Three Cup Day

Today will require an extra cup of coffee. This week is the biannual vendor show at the home, farm and auto supply store. We’ll be short staffed today and tomorrow while associates from Iowa and Wisconsin travel to Dubuque to … Continue reading

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Low Wage Grind

A co-worker asked if I needed to borrow another water bath canner to survive the season. This year’s abundance of vegetables has been stunning. There is a lot to preserve including apples, pears, celery, peppers and a couple dozen pints … Continue reading

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Winds of Change

Just as the election of Barack Obama encouraged me to leave a 25-year career in transportation and logistics, the presidency of Donald J. Trump is stirring winds of change. Where they will take our small family is uncertain. Each year … Continue reading

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Rush to Winter

Today begins a long stretch of work shifts on weekdays at the home, farm and auto supply store, and on weekends at the apple orchard — 96 days in a row. I’m not ready but both jobs help pay bills. Work … Continue reading

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Home Stretch

The campaign to survive after a transportation career turned the bend and is heading into the home stretch. Economic realities we face as a family continue to exist, but the effort to cope — including 12 lowly paid jobs since 2012 … 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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Winkling the Week

Sunday afternoon I felt a bit dizzy. I assumed it was the long day, split between two farms, getting tired after making 57 trays of soil blocks. As I placed the last tray of 72 blocks on the table for … Continue reading

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