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Holiday Conundrum

Holidays are a great time for families to get together.  However, animals don’t recognize holidays and their care doesn’t either.  Around our farm, we try to have lunch around 1:00 so we can finish milking and get the cows out, the barn cleaned and bedded.  We eat lunch, visit, relax, then at 4:00 p.m., we go …

November 14th, 2016  |  Published in Family, Featured Post, Organic Farming


Farming for the Future

In our family, each of us knows the story of the history of our farm. Every time we go to the fields, we know that 5 generations of Westabys have tilled this land, cared for the animals, and some have died here. Our commitment to organic agriculture is the heart of our farm, from how …

July 29th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Organic Farming


Farmer Traditions

A lot of big farmers today use GPS technology to plant by, they use tractors that turn themselves around, and they plant as soon as the frost is out of the ground. On our farm, we do things a little different, but with a lot of family tradition. Ralph Westaby (my husband’s grandfather, born in …

March 8th, 2016  |  Published in Organic Farming


Farm -er- Speak

Imagine this situation: You’re sitting in the Milky Way Cafe at Organic Valley headquarters in La Farge, Wisconsin eating lunch with your fellow employees. In runs a farmer whistling and yelling, “The cows are out!” What’s your reaction? Do you sit with your spoon or fork mid-air, mouth open, wide-eyed, heart racing? Do you stop …

February 18th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


The Ultimate Christmas Decorations!

I love decorating outside around our farm for Christmas. I do the lights, flashing, not flashing, twinkling, colored, white, stars, wreaths, bulbs, candy canes, snowmen, you name it, I decorate it! I spend a lot of time setting everything up just perfectly and then plugging some of them in (I do use solar on some) …

December 7th, 2015  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Outdoors


June Is Dairy / Bird Month

June is the month when everything truly comes alive and prepares for summer. Early in the morning you hear the Robin’s call before the light of day. We have a robin that sits on our tree in the yard and happily chirps away every morning until we get up and out for chores. Even those mornings …

June 22nd, 2015  |  Published in Outdoors


Washington, DC Fly-In for GE Labeling

My daughter, Ceara, and I were asked by Organic Valley to participate in a “fly-in” the week of February 9th to talk to Senators and House Representatives about GMO labeling and the current bill being introduced in Congress. The “DARK Act” (also known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know act) calls for no …

February 24th, 2015  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Sustainability


Farming by the Season

I’ve been asked recently how a farmer’s work changes in the winter and summer. In the summer, we basically milk the cows and turn everything out on pasture. Our time with the animals is minimal due to them out grazing, getting fresh air, fresh green grazing, and plenty of exercise, they pretty much take care …

January 5th, 2015  |  Published in Organic Farming, Outdoors


Late Night Capers

It’s 9:30 at night, I’m in my pj’s, my sons are both gone, my daughter is in the shower, husband in the barn.  The phone rings, it’s our neighbor “Our new neighbor to the North said he has 9 black and white cows in his yard”. Great, I bang on the bathroom door, tell my daughter, …

October 5th, 2014  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Everyone’s Mad At Me

I’m painting our big red and white barn.  No big deal you would think, but it seems like every day I scrape and paint, something or someone is mad at me.  The first day of painting, I noticed a little bee carrying an oat trying to get up in between the wood of our barn.  …

September 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Organic Farming, Outdoors


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Theresa and her husband, Delmar, farm with their two sons in the very Northwest Corner of Illinois. Their farm was started in 1861 and they are the 5th and 6th generation Westaby on this 156 year old family farm. They have four children (2 girls, 2 boys), 645 certified organic acres, milking 81 registered Holsteins, and have been with Organic Valley since 2002. Theresa blogs about farm life, family fun, and adventures!