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Life on the Farm


A farmer’s work is never done, even in winter

By Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.

What do your farmers do in their winter “down time”? They go to a mind-numbing workshop on soil fertility. On a Saturday.

That is where I was, listening to a guy talk about cations and anions of various minerals as they relate to charged clay particles and I just wanted to pull my hat down around my ears to prevent the top of my head from exploding.

I saw familiar faces. Sammy of New Town Farms, Donnie of New Beginnings Farm, along with his minions Paul and Johanna, Mary of Windcrest Farms, Jamie of A Way of Life Farm, Jill and Shane of Poplin Farms.

This was not a “how to make more money” workshop, it was how to balance your soils to provide the most nutritionally dense food possible. Those goals should be one and the same: grow the best food possible and be compensated for it.

We eat what we grow and feed it to Ellie and Levi. Why would we skimp on something that everyone on the planet needs on a daily basis?

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