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Lightening Heavy Loads: Summer Week #20 – 10/21/20

As always, the end of the summer season seems to land itself so quickly! Overall, we’ve had a fantastic season. Our crew was so fun, hardworking, covid-careful, and amazing! Meanwhile, [...]

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Garlic Planting Time: Summer Week #19 – 10/14/20

On my weekly whiteboard of madness, today’s big task (and tomorrow’s too) is garlic planting. Garlic planting holds a special place for me each season. It pins me down to a very [...]

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His Own Laugh Track: Week #18 – 10/7/20

Early in our relationship, Mike and I were hanging out with a bunch of friends playing some type of pictionary/charades game, and we obliterated our opponents. It was like a scene from a sitcom. [...]

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the Burr King: Week #17 – Wed, 9/30

According to my friend Susie, whose family is from Syria, an Arabic curse is to wish someone a home that is always clean. While a clean house may seem desirable on the surface, if it is always [...]

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An $800 Hat Just Perfect for the Pandemic: Week #16, 9/23/20

Jared did not want to call me. No one ever wants to call their boss with bad news. Just 1 mile down the road, on a transfer from our K fields to our main operation, Jared caught a tire on the [...]

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Yellow Surrounds: Week #15, 9/16/20

Green dominates our fields right now… the pale green of Brussels Sprouts towers, the variegated shades of lettuces, the contrast of deep green tomato tops against their browning stalks. I [...]

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Restoring Prairie – Week #14, 9/9/20

Our farmland on Klevenville-Riley Road is divided into two basic parts: a flat tillable area and a degraded hillside. From our porch we can look out across our vegetable fields and up to the [...]

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Farmer Fires – Week # 13, 9/2/20

Apparently there is a native centipede that was nearly wiped out by DDT spraying back in the 1960s and 1970s. Since DDT has a 40 year active effect, they have been suppressed for quite sometime. [...]

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The Snap, the Sting, then Gratitude – Week #12, 2020

Mid-morning I was out harvesting kale. Nine a.m. and I was already sweaty – partly due to the heat, partly due to the fact that I had rain pants on over work pants since the kale leaves [...]

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Quilting Like Farming: Week #11 – Aug. 19, 2020

Farmer Mike has a lot a in common with his dad.  They have both dedicated their lives to agriculture. Both can drive tractors and have tempers. Both have the faces of humans who work in the [...]

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Reeling in Irrigation: Week #10 – Aug. 12, 2020

This week’s newsletter is a shout out to Farmer Mike for keeping all the crops on the farm watered. Despite last night’s sprinkling, we haven’t seen a good rain since Sunday, [...]

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Harvesting a Mindful Moment: Week #9, 8/5/20

Just like I followed the yoga wave that flowed off the west coast to the midwest mainstream in the early 2000s, I am joining the millions of Americans now trying to learn how to meditate. [...]

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Discerning the Birds: Week #8, 7/29/20

Sitting around a fire the other evening with some farm friends (social distancing of course!), we were talking about seasons and how we feel the rhythms and pulses of the natural world around us. [...]

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More Laughter, More Mistakes – Week #7, 7/22/20

There’s this Ani DiFranco song where she sings, “When I look down, I miss all the good stuff. When I look up, I just trip over things.” I have always loved this line. I [...]

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The Mellowhood Connection: Week #6 – July 15, 2020

The Mellowhood Connection For those of you who know about our efforts to provide families in Madison’s Meadowood neighborhood with free, healthy food, this newsletter will be [...]

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Making it Through the Heat: Week #5 – July 8, 2020

Making it Through the Heat It’s hot. You know this. We know this. We thought you might be interested to hear how our crew makes it through the heat.  Here’s how we do it: [...]

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Leapfrogging Cells: Week #4, Wed. July 1, 2020

Leapfrogging Cells Recently my mother asked me to try and explain how and why farming can be so stressful this time of year. For years she’s heard me say it’s a crazy time of year, [...]

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The Little Red Hen: Week #3- June 24, 2020

Our farm is made up of two parcels of land.  We commute ( a rough 4 minutes) between these two parcels. On the weekends, it means I drag our 3 children to the main farm operation to do all the [...]

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Feeding Folks in Need: Share #2 – June 17, 2020

In mid April, as the the reality of the pandemic was setting in, we got worried. We knew veggie shares would be in high demand due to closed or restricted farmers markets, and for that we were [...]

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Farm Steady: Week #1, June 10, 2020

Farm Steady Every week this season, I’ll be sharing with you a little sliver of my life here on the farm. Our culture has lost its connection to the process of growing food, to being deeply [...]

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COVID-19 & the Farm: FAQs and Updates

COVID-19 & the Farm: FAQs and Updates To our 2020 veggie share members and folks considering joining: May you be well. We wanted to write and assure each of you that our veggie share program [...]

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You Rock, Beer Buddy: Fall Week #8, 12/18/19

You all belong to the tribe of the farm faithful.  You are amazing.  You are committed to eating local AND organic in a real way. You’re not just in it for the sweet corn.  You have a [...]

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Frozen II & the Ho-Chunk: Fall Week #6 – Dec. 4, 2019

Frozen II & the Ho-Chunk Nation ****Spoiler Alert*** This newsletter contains references to the new Disney Frozen II film. Don’t read on if you wouldn’t like general plot [...]

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12+ Years: Fall CSA Week #5 – Tuesday, 11/26/19

A growing buzz in the local farming community is that CSA isn’t remaining solvent. Whether it’s because the local and organic argument isn’t strong enough, pick-up windows are [...]

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A Snippet of Wonder: Fall CSA Week #4 – 11/20/19

I want to describe a particular moment in the fields, a moment of wonder that brings me great joy. During this spell where the snow is no longer on the ground but the ground isn’t [...]

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Cookbooks & Cups of Coffee

In the cold months, my work day changes pretty drastically. I go from constant stress, long days, people management, and physical labor outside to half days at a computer by myself and the other [...]

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Meet Kingfisher and Atoms to Apples: Fall CSA week # 2 – 11/6/19

At a late September local harvest dinner at a nearby colleagues’ farm, I caught eyes with a man standing in front of a TV camera. Wisconsin Public Television’s Wisconsin Foodie was at [...]

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The Joy of First Snow: Fall CSA Week #1, 10/30/19

On the way to the bus stop this morning, my 10 year old daughter was lamenting that she didn’t want snow and cold on Halloween. She wasn’t just complaining, she was weeping.  I [...]

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Hauling It In: Summer CSA Week #20 – 10/23/19

I can happily say that the list of things remaining to do in our fields this season all fits on a single sheet of paper. The season began in late February when we fired up the heaters and began [...]

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Caterpillars in Broccoli – It’s Natural!: Week #19 – 10/16/19

Our fall brassicas, namely our broccoli and cauliflower at the new land, have been hit hard with a very common pest – the cabbage moth and their babies, the cabbage moth caterpillar. [...]