July 22, 2013

Hope In A Jar

It’s for sale, and sometimes it comes with a free travel case. Sometimes it will change your life.

July 15, 2013

Spring 2012 the Earliest On Record

By using 112 years of data from weather stations across the US, combined with an understanding of what makes a plant begin to grow, scientists are figuring out how to measure changes in growing seasons.

July 8, 2013

How Should We Fight Fire?

The 1994 fire in Colorado that killed 14 firefighters was a personal one for Kathy Voth. She decided to share her story with us so we can explore our decisions on land management and fire prevention and safety, remembering the 14 fallen in 1994, the 19 who died in June and the many lives lost in the intervening years.

July 1, 2013

California Leopold Conservation Award

Each year the Sand County Foundation presents Leopold Conservation Awards recognizing achievement in voluntary conservation in eight participating states: California, Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Winners receive a trophy and a check for $10,000. This is the time of year when nominations are being taken and winners are being announced. We thought you’d enjoy hearing about some of them.

June 24, 2013

Ice Cream Dreams

Editors Note:  Man does not live by grazing alone, so here’s an important summer time break.  Thanks, Troy, for sharing a little history, the delicious pictures, and the joy of supporting local dairies.  (This article previously appeared in Lancaster Farming.) As the sweet locust blossoms of early June attract the bees to its fragrant nectar, […]

June 17, 2013

9 Rules for Starting Your Own Farm

As a guest contributor for “The Art of Manliness,” Forrest Pritchard shares his 9 Rules for Starting Your Own Farm.  From managing debt, to identifying your market, setting reasonable goals, and growing your passion, these rules make good sense, whether you’re a man, or a woman, are new to farming, or have been farming for […]

June 10, 2013

Meet Lyal Strickland – Grassfed beef producer and musician

Lyal Strickland is a singer, songwriter, and farmer who was born and raised, and still lives in the Missouri Ozarks. Ten days before graduating from college with a degree in film, he inherited a run down farm.  His great-grandparents purchased the farm in 1944 and it came with nearly 900 acres of fields, creeks and […]

May 27, 2013

The Bracelet

This piece was was published in Lancaster Farming Memorial Day Weekend. It honors the memories of those we’ve lost.

May 13, 2013

Gaining Ground Update

Grassroots support is helping Gaining Ground gain ground. With one week left, we have a good shot at putting a story about farming on the NY Times Best Seller List.

May 7, 2013

Gaining Ground Chapter 1

Recently, US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack called for a new, positive story about American agriculture. He said that rural America was becoming less and less politically relevant, and that we need a story that would encourage young people to become involved in farming, and show how we can create new opportunities for rural America. We think this new book could be just that story.

April 30, 2013

Did the Beatles Write the Ultimate Farm Anthem?

Do you sing while you work?  I do.  When no one’s around and something really great has happened, I even break into the Hallelujah chorus. Contributor Forrest Pritchard sings while he works too and you’ll love the way he turns old favorites into farmer favorites.  Check it out here. AND in case you don’t recognize […]

April 22, 2013

Habitat for Flying Humanity

Preparing for this year’s bluebirds, Troy shares how birds benefit him, and the diversity of his farm benefits those that, through loss of habitat, are in danger of becoming homeless.

April 22, 2013

Behind the Scenes at a Local Butcher Shop

As we travel to ag conferences, one of the biggest concerns expressed by graziers is how to process meat on the hoof into meat for the consumer.  Facilities and butchers are limited.  Our contributor Forrest Pritchard works with a local, small butcher to provide his community with pasture-raised meat and knows first hand how important […]

April 16, 2013

Cursed by the Ditch Witch

It has taken me an entire year to settle down after the ditch witch drove me to a major meltdown over the destruction of some fine functioning sod.  When you mess with a pen-wielding, picture-taking, grass farmer and his prairie family, there will be consequences.  The pent up frustration over this “dumb and dumber” sequel […]

April 9, 2013

Did You See That Farming Ad During the Superbowl?

It’s been 2 months since the Super Bowl and while some fans may still be celebrating or smarting from the results, we’ve already let that go.  What still bugs us is that ad about farming and how it gave us hope for  about 90 seconds, only to dash those hopes in the last 15 seconds […]

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