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

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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

Agriculture, Sunday Snaps

Sunday Snaps: April 8, 2018

I am so excited to share this week's photos! When I first started Sunday Snaps, I had two main goals: Share current photos that show what's happening around the farm, and Get better at using my camera. Obviously the first goal is pretty easy to accomplish. Any time I share photos, you get a small… Continue reading Sunday Snaps: April 8, 2018

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Sunday Snaps: March 4, 2018

Sunday, we meet again. As I sit here watching Fixer Upper, drinking my coffee, and scrolling through photos, I can't ignore the fact that there are muddy paw prints on my kitchen floor, dirty dishes in the sink, and laundry chilling on the couch just waiting to be folded. I have a pretty hefty to-do… Continue reading Sunday Snaps: March 4, 2018

Agriculture, Illinois Farm Bureau

Letters From Our Adopted Classroom

Every year, Illinois Farm Bureau pairs farmers with Chicago classrooms through their Adopt A Classroom program. The farmers and teachers work together to share letters, pictures, videos, and classroom visits to help give urban students a better understanding of agriculture and rural life. Last fall I signed up for the program and was paired with… Continue reading Letters From Our Adopted Classroom