The Fiscal Cliff and the Little Farmer

The following is a piece I wrote for my the Maryland Organic Food and Farming newsletter.(MOFFA).  If you live in DC or MD, come to our winter meeting (the 22nd annual!): details below. At the very end of the year, in the midst of fiscal cliff madness, Congress passed a controversial farm bill extension. Maybe you saw headlines like this one from the the Center for Food Safety, “Congress Passes Damaging Farm Bill Extension in “Fiscal Cliff” Package”. The extension of the farm bill contained many disappointments and has left the sustainable and organic agriculture community with lots of work …

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Surfing the Huge Heat Wave

First an overwhelming and unrelenting heat. My fellow farm blogger wrote about the heat here on her blog “A Year on the Farm” and it is good to know we are not alone. Spring was suddenly banished, sent sprinting off to northern Canada, and we were thrown into blazing hot days. Then a storm came through with winds so strong and loud it felt like another world, like a dream.  My two year old immediately recognized the wind sounded wrong, scary! She sat up in bed and yelled, “need Daddy, now!” With the strange powerful wind came cool air and …

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Perfect Weather for Plowing

It can be mesmerizing to watch a plow pull through the soil, revealing the darker earth beneath and with that hope for an awesome farm season and possibly a buried treasure. This weekend, we took advantage of the combination of a long weekend and unusually perfect weather for plowing.   The moisture was just right in the soil and the tractor was recently tuned up for spring. There have definitely been years when we have not been this lucky.  There can be many hurdles to getting the beds plowed in time for spring planting.  If the ground is too wet, you …

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