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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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Saturday at Home

After a Saint Patrick’s Day meetup with friends in Iowa City I drove home, parked my car in the garage and haven’t moved it since. It was too cold for outside work on Saturday so I stayed in, did laundry, … Continue reading

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Kansas Wildfires

Yesterday I loaded pallets of fence posts, barbed wire and bottled water on a trailer pulled by two farmers in a pickup truck. They were bound for Kansas where wildfires fed by wind gusting at 70 m.p.h. burned 650,000 acres … 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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Sleepless Nights

The month since the inauguration of our 45th president was characterized by sleepless nights, stress and constant weariness. It’s not sustainable. With that in mind, I’m planning to reduce the political content on this blog and focus on other, equally … Continue reading

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