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May 19, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Our small farm is green and growing! Bob was able to mow the first cutting of alfalfa last night. It was choked full of invasive wild mustard. We are going to need to reseed our fields with Roundup Ready alfalfa so we can kill that weed next spring...see all
May 11, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
I wanted to share some of Caroline's senior projects, as she graduates from Iowa State University this month. What a college adventure! At the senior gallery reception, Caroline showed her table, chairs, and ceramics. She designed and made...see all
May 4, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Our dear friend Tyler, age 29, Tech Sgt in a security force unit, died suddenly in April. Tyler was best friends with our oldest son, Nowlan, since they were children. Nowlan was honored to speak at his funeral. Here is an excerpt, followed by a...see all
April 27, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Our small farm is busting out all over with lovely things -- lilacs, lambs and much more. Here are some photos, including a beautiful wedding we attended on a farm in Georgia. Breathe it in. Old-fashioned lilacs never disappoint. Crabapple...see all
April 20, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We let the oldest lambs outside this week. The two rams in the pen next door were curious to meet their offspring through the safe fence. Bob doesn't text, so he left this note for the kids when he went to work. All of our kids were home...see all
April 15, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We are in the full swing of lambing and grateful for the fine weather this week. Most ewes are dropping sets of triplets with ease. Bob helps a few with more difficult births. I shot live video on Facebook if you want to see the birthing process. (A...see all
April 6, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
April has been cold and wet so far. Bob took this photo of a neighbor who was too eager to work the fields for planting.  Meanwhile, a few miles away, I took this photo of a combine harvesting corn in April. Better late then never. This dead...see all
March 29, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
We sheared the sheep last week and I captured live video for Living the Country Life on Facebook. Check it out below. The video has more than 23,000 views and hundreds of comments. A few people thought the sheep were being harmed, but most had...see all
March 23, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
I took Caroline to New York City for spring break. It's her senior year of college, so a trip to the center of the art world was in order. Caroline's favorite portrait, Madame X, by John Singer Sargent, is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art....see all
March 11, 2016 | Betsy's Backyard
Successful Farming and Living the Country Life hosted a Women in Ag focus group at our office this week, and the discussion was lively and helpful. Many of the women write blogs about farm life, and know the challenges of communicating about...see all