Visitors keep farm in action


We had two hours to get the farmhouse apartment ready for our next guests. My husband, Bruce, vacuumed while I made the beds and took out the...

Minerals for mooers


The yearlings crowded around the pan, butting each other for the best spot. You’d think the pan contained yummy grain, but instead, I had filled it...

Herding sheep not always so simple


Benson, the border collie, was hot in pursuit of a ewe, his canine hormones taking over. Border collies are bred, born and trained to herd sheep...

Flies are dangerous farm pests


The flies buzzed and bit as my husband, Bruce, and I rolled out barrels of tasty fruit and vegetable scraps for the cattle. One of the most...

Danger, wonder en route home


The 60-foot tree fell right in front of our pickup truck, the noise muffled by the deluge of half-inch hail rattling off the roof and windshield...

A sad day on the farm


Victor studied the three pigs in the pen and pointed out that the one we had chosen probably weighed more than 300 pounds, much too big for a...

Hoofed and hot


Cooper, his front feet planted squarely in the water trough, ignored my curses as he chewed his cud and swished his tail. The recent heat wave has...

The pond is still, and the saw is silent – just as it would have been in the 1800s when the pond was too low to power the mill. Brian, our guide...

Allergic to farming


Hair fell in piles as I pushed the clippers through Stash’s matted hair. Stash, one of my working oxen, was long overdue for a haircut.Scottish...

Model T tour a homecoming of sorts


We surged down the gravel lane from the farm, wind rushing over my cap, in an automobile that had neither a gas pedal nor gear shift. I could feel...

Violence in all eating


As we unrolled an 800-pound round bale of hay, a dead fawn fell to the floor of the feed bunker. The fawn was all in one piece and must have been...

Going out to eat


With June upon us and thanks to lots of rain and snow, grass is exploding out of the ground. This abundance means it’s time for the “cow taxi” to...

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