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Bee Careful

Your time is valuable so I will try to keep this brief. ūüėČ Our honeybees¬† from last year didn’t make it. Some of you already knew. I think it was mites. Because the whole thing is a hobby, and both … Continue reading

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Moving to town

Picture of dad milking by hand/ early 1970’s ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Today was a¬†BIG¬†day. We moved my parents off the family farm. Growing up on a¬† 120 acre working family farm shaped me in ways I will probably never fully appreciate.¬† Dad … Continue reading

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Canned Goods

Just fired up the dehydrator. The smell of garlic and tomato is still on my hands. Got me in the mood for a little Greg Brown…. Do you have any memories of helping someone in the kitchen growing up…even if … Continue reading

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It is possible

  I remember reading the book Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald way back in the mid 1980’s.¬† I remember writing out various long term life goals, mostly in the interpersonal relationship realm, but other goals as well. At … Continue reading

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Morning Cure

Morning Cure 6:00 AM The sweet unmistakable smell of freshly cut drying hay greeted me this morning when I woke up….. it reminded me of a Grant Wood painting. DM  

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They Are Here

View of my latest adventure…. Honeybees _________________________________ I have to tell you about a recent conversation with my son-in-law Matt¬† about honeybees.¬† When he was younger, someone offered his dad, several bee hives full of bees…They hauled them home in … Continue reading

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Ten things to keep in mind when starting a small orchard in Iowa

I met with a young man this afternoon who wants to plant 100 apple trees on his acreage.¬† I invited him to our property¬† this afternoon to go over some basics. I knew I could pass onto him in 30 … Continue reading

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