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Getting up early: Advice for farmer wanna-be’s

It’s 7:30 and I’ve been up for an hour.  Some farmers get up way earlier than this-it really just depends on what you’re farming.  When we grow alfalfa, we have to be up at 2am to bale it when there is at least a teeny tiny bit of moisture in the dry desert air. I hate getting up early. I don’t mean just a little.  I really really really really really REALLY hate getting up early.  Back in my pre-farming days, I could easily sleep in until noon and anything earlier than 10am was just a killer.  To give me…

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Breaking the grass ceiling: On U.S. farms, women are taking the reins

Turns out that women are the fastest growing segment of agriculture.  There’s just something about farming that really pulls on women.  I know because I, a woman, finished graduate school with a doctorate and then began to farm.  There was just something about the reality of farming, it grounds you.  And on top of that it is community building and I think we really are lacking that in today’s society. What is most apparent, though, is how content these women are with their agrarian lives. “Women make the food choices, they make the choices on what to feed their family,…

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Quit Coddling Your Kids

Quit Coddling Your Kids by BRETT & KATE MCKAY I look around at young people these days, and I honestly fear for the future of my country. People are becoming less and less resilient and more and more clueless on how to survive in the real world. We live in a society of namby pamby men and women who whine when they don’t get what they want and think they are entitled to all the comforts the world has to offer. What do I blame it on? Bad parenting. Baby Boomer parents developed a parenting philosophy that was soft on discipline…

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Calling all cowpokes for dinner!

It can be so hard to get people wrangled up for dinner around here.  Everyone’s feeding, doing chores, playing with kittens or catching lizards.  We finally realized that farm wives everywhere used triangles to call people in to dinner for a reason.  They were tired of searching everyone out!  We just won this dinner triangle on ebay (good ole ebay) and we can’t wait until it gets here to try it out.  

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Homemade ice cream

Making homemade ice cream is so easy and so much fun.  Well, it does take a little bit of exercise if you make it how we do with an authentic 1920s antique hand crank machine. However, you can cheat and use an electric machine.  We don’t think it tastes nearly as good, but it’s still way better than store bought.  Here’s the recipe we use for basic vanilla:   2 cups heavy cream 1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup sugar a dollop of vanilla (probably like a tbsp) a pinch of kosher salt   Put it in and let it stir stir…

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