When You Literally Put the Mud in Mudroom

The mudroom looks completely different in the summer. Whenever I go onto Pinterest or Houzz, and type in “mudroom”, there’s all these beautiful white rooms with book bag hooks, and cute little cubbies and even the washer and dryer and I sort of ooh,...

Why You Should Consider a Home Office

My family never had a home office. They weren’t really a thing when I was a kid, most families just had a desk somewhere, but that was about the extent of it. In most homes, there was usually a spot somewhere near the kitchen, preferably close to the phone, that...

2019 Virginia Women in Agriculture Gathering

2019 Virginia Women in Agriculture Gathering Women in Ag I’ve been to quite a few Women in Ag type functions over the years, and to me, it seems like the attendees at this group were different. I’m not sure if was the location, the organizers, the time of...

About All That Mud

About All That Mud It looks terrible now, but in another month, a little dozer work and vigorous green grass will remove any vestiges of these ruts. These cows are waiting for me to remove the wire between them and their new "break". Rotationally grazed pastures can...

The Differences Between Hay and Straw

Farming has its own language, and sometimes people outside of the farming community don’t understand what we’re saying, no matter how slowly or how loudly we talk. If you knew the difference between hay and straw is five dollars a bale, you at least sort...

Farmer and Homesteader?

Farmer and Homesteader? Are You a Farmer or a Homesteader? (Or Something Else?) Ninety percent of farming isn’t really what we may think of as farming. In conversations with people, it’s clear to me that what most people think of as “farming”,...