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Travelling down the bumpy and twisted path of life learning more everyday about how much I enjoy the simple things in life, hard work and standing up for what is right. I am proud of my heritage (fourth generation farmer) and mutt mix of English, Native American Indian and Irish. I have worked hard over the past years to develop my farm, an ag-based biomass business and ag-mentoring. I don't have much more than a passion for the farming life...and I wouldn't change it for anything in the world!

The Best Brunch

We had brunch this morning for a Pampered Chef show. We served an excellent array of farm raised pork products…sausage, bacon and ham steaks. There was pull apart breakfast pizzas, covered in farm fresh eggs!

It was a perfect example of farm to plate and much fun was had by all! Of course, all of our meat and eggs are grown by either ourselves or our son in law, so this was normal for us. But it was great to share with others who aren’t as privledged as we are every day.

God Bless and don’t forget to buy local from a nearby farm!

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Farm Show and Snowy Weather

Well…I am just going to put it this way. We didn’t make it to the farm show in Syracuse! For once the weather man did get it right and Mother Nature dumped on us!

On top of that we had no power either. It went off last night around 9 pm or so. Came back on for a bit and then was off again until almost 10 am. Mr. Farmer went out about 9 am to plow out the driveway and the barn with the four wheeler…and an hour later there was already another inch plus in the driveway! We both figured it would be best to not risk taking an hour long trip to go to the farm show…even though I would have really enjoyed going.

The rest of the day consisted of moving snow and doing farm chores. I ended up working most of the day on a new project that I managed to get involved with…now it is time to go relax and maybe go to bed early for a change!

God Bless and Sweet Dreams!

Spring is in the Air!

Here in upstate NY, the weather is bouncing all over the spectrum. There is still about 8 inches of accumulated snow on the ground, but the temperatures have warmed to 35 degrees today with about 45 degrees expected on Monday. Snow flurries are still floating but it is going to rain on Monday. Just can’t wait for warmer weather!
It is great to finally be able to let the animals out to roam around and gather up some of this sunshine! It makes me feel happy, but reminds me of all the work inside that needs to be done now. Barns to be cleaned, spring cleaning in the house, bedding that needs to be aired on the line, windows that are dirty and on the list rambles.

Needless to say…I am just waiting for the snow to melt enough to show me those spring crocus! The first color! Oh, how I miss the flowers!

Where does food come from?

An excellent topic! Do you know where your food comes from?

Let’s see….Cereal, Eggs, Bacon, Ham, Sausage, Oatmeal, Apples, Oranges, Cheese, Yogurt, Milk, Tomatoes, Potatoes, Rice, and the list goes on and on….where does it all come from? All of those things listed and many more are produced every year from family run farms right here in the United States. A little known fact, 99% of farms are still family owned and operated. There are 7,000 of those farms across the United States. Now considering those factors, please watch the video below and remember the next time you go to the grocery store….buy local fruits and vegetables when you can and when they aren’t available purchase US products. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL FARM FAMILY TODAY!

Winter Issues

The tractor is unfortunately, buried under that pile of rubble! Hoping to get it out of there sometime this weekend.
On another note, things were rough around here today. We had problems keeping water unthawed and heat. It was a whole 2 degrees out this morning! It didn’t help any that the wind was blowing and no matter how warm you dressed the wind and cold just kept biting. I spent the majority of the day going in and out of the house trying to keep up with all of the issues. For me, today was a complete waste of time. But…the water lines didn’t freeze and everything is now warm! So, over all it turned out alright. Things will get back on track tomorrow!
As for some upcoming things, we have been asked to contribute to another blog. One about grassy biomass and I am going to use that opportunity to start establishing the connection between farming and renewable/sustainable energy. I can’t wait. I will link to the blog once it is released.
It still amazes me sometimes what a backwoods country hick can accomplish! I sit back sometimes and think about all of those wasted years when I was a pessimist! I know, first hand, how difficult it is to be an optimist but, there are rewards beyond your wildest imagination if you are just open to the possibilities!!!!!!
God Bless! Stay warm and more news to follow soon!

Disaster Strikes!

I shouldn’t even be sitting here right now typing…but I needed a serious break from all of the torture going on around here!
Last night about midnight, we heard a crash. It sounded like a really huge chunk of ice falling off something. It was loud. This morning, as I go outside and start doing chores, we have two of the calves in our front lawn. Which, by the way, is nothing new, but it seemed strange at such an early hour. As I began scooting the oldest one back across the road, I happen to notice that something on the barn looks strange.

Realization hit me then…….PART OF OUR BARN ROOF HAD COLLAPSED! I came back in the house to tell Mr. Farmer that he needed to get up out of bed and what had happened. This is just the start of the issues this morning. The part of the barn that collapsed was where we house our tractor. Needless to say, our tractor is now buried under boards, debris and snow. On top of that, we let someone borrow the wood splitter yesterday that wasn’t put back where it was found. Then when I tried to get the cows back in the barn…here is the machinery blocking the way for them to get in. The barn door track is shifted and moved now too, so you can’t open the right side of the door, because some idiot run the wood splitter into the door when they were taking it out and bent the retainer bracket and shifted the track!
Then we had to borrow the neighboors tractor to move some snow and Mr. Farmer got that stuck. The whole inside of the barn was torn apart by the two loose critter and to top matters off, one of our turkeys got trapped under some falling debris and was killed.
Already, I wish this day was long behind me!!! Everyone in this house is in a horrible mood. It was time for me to take a break! Just to get away and come in and get warmed up!

Happiness in Life

I have friends that celebrated their 25th wedding annivsary this last weekend. No matter how many people I have seen celebrate the silver or golden anniversaries…It never fails to amaze me that they have been together for all those years. This past summer, we helped celebrate Mr. Farmer’s parents 50th. To watch both of these couples, you would never know that they have been together for so many years.
I have asked many times in the past what the secret was to a long, happy relationship…and I always get the same answer. Give 110%, expect nothing in return, take time for yourself and communicate. I didn’t get the chance to ask this last weekend but, I know them both and spend a fair amount of time with them in the summer when they come here to go fishing. They both have things they love to do and then they have things that they do together. Since I have met them, I always hear them laugh and pick on each other. Mr. Farmer’s parents are the same. Maybe that is the biggest key…laughter!
Smiles on others never fail to amaze me. When someone smiles, a real heartfelt smile, it is like a light switch flickers on inside them. I have friends who get down on themselves because of scars, being overweight, too tall, too short…but when they smile, they are so beautiful. I don’t even think they know it sometimes. I have one friend who is on the slightly heavy side, that was insulted by her own grandfather about carrying around some extra pounds…but when this girl smiles, the world seems to energize around her. She is a stunning beauty. One of the most beautiful women I have had the fortune to know, with a personality that outshines her outer beauty. I have yet another friend, who bashes herself for her weight, that is the same way. She under estimates the power of just being happy with who she is. When she smiles and she laughs, she is the most amazingly beautiful women. Her eyes shine with stars in them, probably from mischief, but they are still there.
I know many others who are the same. They just can’t seem to see how much their inner beauty shines through when they smile! Maybe I just have the ability to see them through the camera lens…Maybe I just like seeing the happiness shining in their eyes when they smile and laugh.
Maybe that is just the key to life in general. Laughter and Smiles. The thing you do that makes you feel good inside and with those you love…..
I sit here with a dumb grin on my face now, thinking of the things that make me smile…realizing now that I really do enjoy the little things in life!
God Bless…May you find something to make you smile and laugh today!