Random… as if this blog hasn’t been random enough.  Today I’ll share a few things that have crossed the path over the last several days.  These should touch upon science, farming, food, and living a measured life… hopefully going somewhat along the lines of the mission here. Science – several days ago I was doing […]

Looking back at 2020 has gathered a lot of attention. Perhaps it should; might be cathartic. Like many, I’ve grown tired of ‘20. I think hope is warranted here and now. We certainly need to learn all we can from current difficulties – lest we fail in some future moment. We might fail to deal […]

On the 9th of November I had to stop over at the shop by the processing tower where I work.  This is a tall building full of equipment to separate soybean seeds from plant debris, insect parts, and other non-seed items.  Pretty industrial.  Concrete and steal all around.  Not the sort of environment one imagines […]

Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November… all the rest have thirty-one, except February. But there are not a mere three lengths to our set of months. There are five different month lengths. How so? Daylight savings time. This year March was cheated out of an hour, and November gets an extra hour.  For […]

Too many things on my plate right now.  But I do have a picture of a Tom and two hen turkeys.  They are too wrapped up in each other to notice someone stop to take their picture.                                                                                           

Not all the biodiversity on the farm is welcome right there on the farm. There is space for the weedy species over yonder by the ditch. Herbivorous insects, and in particular those choosing to chew our crops could get along nicely by the edge of the wood. White tailed deer could mosey down to the […]

Early of a morning, out in the fields, Mother Nature fills the quiet with a music of her own. Birdsong if you’re lucky, crickets otherwise. Sometime you might hear the patter of raindrops on the leaves, the pleating of a lamb, the grunting of a hog, or the crowing of a rooster. If you’d rather […]

The Summer Solstice for 2020 just passed last Saturday (June 20, 2020). For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, the longest day of the year*. And now for those of us in the North, the days get shorter until late December. The hottest days of the year here in the North are yet to […]

Farming is a fascinating enterprise. We need food to survive, and as omnivores our food pallet is fairly extensive. If it’s not poisonous, make it a meal. Farming allows us to be selective in what we choose to consume. Farming also allows us to limit our footprint… though with over seven billion of us, the […]

Earth Day. If I were to pretend to be the Earth, and I realized these pesky humans running all about the place had actually planned to set aside a day for me – well, what would it mean to me? What sort of happiness might it evoke? Or should it cause me pain, knowing that […]