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April 8, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
The work around our small farm this time of year may look nasty and smell nasty, but it's all good. Actually, I was standing on the top of the compost pile to take some of the photos and the smell was mild. Once that stuff cooks for a year it's no...see all
April 4, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Lambing is underway at our place this week. So far so good, although Bob did have to perform a c-section on one young ewe. She accepted the babies after the surgery, which is always the tricky part. We have several sets of triplets already,...see all
April 2, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I had a good visit with my parents last week, as Dad continues to recover from a fall. He and Mom take daily walks up and down the lane. (Read more about Dad's farm shop brain injury here.) It snowed twice while I was there, the last time as I...see all
March 26, 2014 | Lisa's Kitchen
My husband had a birthday recently, and I made him his favorite cherry pie. His mom came up to visit a few days later with a delicious peanut butter cake. We shared it with friends, and everyone loved it, so I had to get the recipe. The peanut...see all
March 25, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
National Ag Day is being celebrated today, and it is a poignant celebration for my family this year. Dad suffered a brain injury when he fell in his farm shop in Maryland in January. After a month in hospitals, he is recovering steadily at home...see all
March 20, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Our dear copy editor, Janis Gandy, gave everyone two daffodils for their desks. It's been a long winter and we are all happy to finally see spring arrive. Many coworkers came in my office with their flowers so we could post a thank-you photo for...see all
March 17, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
On Saturday I gave a talk to 500 farmers entitled, "How Did This All Happen?" I didn't choose the title, but it's a good question for almost anything. In this case, the audience was made up of pork producers in the Murphy-Brown (Smithfield Foods)...see all
March 12, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
Bob took this photo of me in early April last year. I was planting cabbages and kohlrabi. I can't wait to dig into our good soil again, but I think it may be delayed this spring. We had the coldest winter in 35 years in Iowa and frost is deep. I...see all
March 5, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
I don't care how cold it is today, that wool is coming off. I'm not sure our ewes were too happy, but how would you know? We always shear a few weeks before lambing, so the ewes come in the barn at night to give birth. The new babies don't have to...see all
March 3, 2014 | Betsy's Backyard
"Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?... Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." When I was talking to Mom on Saturday she brought up this Bible verse. At church yesterday, the same...see all