Many of these blog posts are written with an intended audience being those who are thinking about doing some or all of what we do (or those that already do). However, they can be interesting to anyone who just wants some insight about these topics. For example, if you want to understand a bit more why it is important to us that we maintain organic certification, then you could view some of these posts:
|I KNOW there's a watermelon here somewhere.|
- Endurance Tests - The cycles every veggie farmer goes through during the season.
- It's Over, It's Just Beginning - Thoughts two years and 7 months after the overspray incident on our farm.
And, since we will be helping to host a Practical Farmers of Iowa field day with the Xerces Society on August 20, we should share some of our posts that focus on pollinators and beneficial insects:
- Flower Power - Why we put flowers in our vegetable growing areas.
- Feeding the Workers - Things we do on the farm to support our pollinators and beneficial critters.
Last Season (2015), I had so many things running around in my brain that I actually spent a rainy weekend just spilling it all out on paper. In the end, some of it came out in the form of blog posts. We find that some people actually appreciated just getting a view into how we are thinking about what we do and the issues we consider during the decision making processes.
- Brain Storm (part i) - Deciding what to put in the high tunnel.
- Brain Storm (part ii) - A look at some tools/techniques that we think we might still want to use.
- Brain Storm (part iii) - When things aren't going well, simplify (our melon story)
- Brain Storm (part iv) - Fine tuning how much we grow of certain crops (cucumbers in this case)
Sometimes, Rob is asked to give presentations or talk about some of the things he does with people who want to hear some of the nitty gritty. Sometimes, these things find their way into a blog post as well. There was a series that some people enjoyed very much. Don't ask me where Part II went. I haven't had time to find it.
- Lessons in Farming I - Every Day is the Dawn of a New Error
- Lessons in Farming III - If at First you Do Succeed every farm has its own unique situation. It's all in how you respond to it.
- Lessons in Farming IV - Synchronized Swimming - You don't have to do what everyone else is doing
- Lessons in Farming V - Don't Step in Number 2 - the role of manure and fertility on the farm.
- Lessons in Farming VI - Office of the Department of Redundancy Department - building insurance into your crop plans
- Steward of the Soil - Some of the reasons why we use cover crops.
- What Does It Mean - Sustainable Agriculture?
- A Case for Diversity within a Crop Type
- Irrigation Rather than Irritation
- Now That's How You Weed the Onions