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Tractor Drives and Life Lessons

This post was originally shared to the Illinois Farm Bureau Young Leader blog. You can find the original post here. Our county’s annual Farm Bureau Foundation Tractor Trek was held on a beautiful day back in mid-June. Each year I find great enjoyment in tagging along and acting as unofficial photographer for the day. I… Continue reading Tractor Drives and Life Lessons

Agriculture

Keeping Our Cool in the Hot Summer

They say if you don't like the weather in Illinois, wait a few hours and it will change. And let me tell you, the pigs and I are VERY glad it changed! The end of last week was miserable. I'm talking a real feel of 105° and humidity that had to have been at least… Continue reading Keeping Our Cool in the Hot Summer

Agriculture

Day One Piglet Care

Day One Care is my absolute favorite part of being a pig farmer. What is Day One Care, you ask? It's the special care we take on a piglet's first day of life to make sure they get off to the best start possible. From the minute our piglets are born, there are a few… Continue reading Day One Piglet Care

Agriculture, Farmer's Grace Food, Sunday Snaps, Uncategorized

Sunday Snaps: January 6, 2019

Ok, friends. I love the holidays. And I really love time off of work. But I am so ready to be back on a normal schedule. Christmas and New Year's should not be allowed to fall in the middle of the week. Who else's last two weeks went something like "work a half day, get a… Continue reading Sunday Snaps: January 6, 2019

Agriculture

The Final Days of Corn

This is the final installment in the series, "31 Days of Corn," following the progress of a field of corn from planting to harvest. Before reading, be sure to check out the previous posts: 31 Days of Corn 35 More Days of Corn A Lotta More Days of Corn It's hard to believe the field… Continue reading The Final Days of Corn

Agriculture

Meet Jeffrey!

I can't believe it has taken me over a month to share this here, but I made another exciting purchase! I bought an alpaca! Everyone, meet Jeffrey! Jeffrey is a 1 1/2 year old Huacaya alpaca. He is super fluffy, extremely friendly, and loves snuggles! As with most of my purchases, buying Jeffrey was a… Continue reading Meet Jeffrey!

Agriculture

A Lotta More Days of Corn

Friends, I'm slacking over here. I'm blaming it on farrowing season, and show season, and boating season, and just a plain old busy life! Yesterday marked day 108, and in the past 40 days I've only been out to take pictures of the corn three times! So we're going to back track a little and… Continue reading A Lotta More Days of Corn

Agriculture

35 More Days of Corn

A little over a month ago, I shared "31 Days of Corn," a collection of photos taken during the first 31 days after planting corn in the field behind our house. Since then, the corn has grown from 2 feet tall, to nearly 10 feet tall! For this second series of photos, I even had… Continue reading 35 More Days of Corn

Farmer's Grace Food

A Pie Baker in the Making

Lately I have taken up the hobby of making pies. Up until about 3 weeks ago, I had never made a pie, aside from maybe those pudding pies my Grandma Blanche liked to whip up during summer vacation. But as far as rolling dough, following a recipe, and using a real pie dish (not those… Continue reading A Pie Baker in the Making

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31 Days of Corn

I feel like I start out every single blog post by saying that I've been failing at blogging. And here we are again. It seems like it's been forever since I've sat down and updated you on anything. I just have a few too many irons in the social media fire. I'm one of those… Continue reading 31 Days of Corn