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De-Stressing At the End of the Day

Because of working full time and being a Mom with 2 active boys ages 9 and 14, coming home from work isn’t always the best time for me to unwind after a long, hard day.  Supper, sports, homework, breakfast dishes in the sink, laundry and many other tasks are calling as soon as I get …

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Health & Wellness, Outdoors


From Planting to Prancing

As someone who raises draft horses, I’ve been questioned countless times about how we can actually let our horses be sold as Amish work horses. It seems there is a misconception about the treatment of the horses that do the fieldwork for Amish farmers. Many people think Amish farmers literally work these horses to death. …

August 31st, 2016  |  Published in Outdoors


Team Organic Valley does RAGBRAI

“It’s not a race!” If you happen to be traveling near the RAGBRAI route in Iowa in the last week of July, there’s a chance you’ll hear or see this mantra, or others, posted or demonstrated in the behavior of the thousands of bicyclists you might cross paths with. Once a year, Iowans roll out …

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Outdoors  |  4 Comments


Determination or Lunacy? A Hunter Can’t Tell the Difference

Photo courtesy of JR Martin via Flickr I pulled myself along, belly-crawling across the thin ice that capped most of the Mississippi River. My hands were so frozen I hadn’t had feeling for over an hour. I crawled forward, a little uneasy about the thin ice beneath me. The wind howled down the river valley …

June 6th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors


Pick Up Your Feet!

Photo courtesy of the Midwest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr Twenty years ago, my mother and I walked out behind the barn, through the darkness, bundled in our warmest clothes. We crawled under the fence and into the woods for what would be my first deer hunt. As I followed, she turned and …

June 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Forest to Table

Photo by Korona Lacasse via Flickr Ask any hunter to show you their trophies and you’ll probably be led to the basement office or back den where you’ll see mounted deer heads, turkey fans, or maybe a stuffed duck or two. The proud hunter will usually brush a little dust of each trophy and begin …

May 20th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living  |  2 Comments


Into the Driftless – A Special Housemate, A Better Neighbor: The Bat

When you move from the city to the Driftless country, there are a few things you have to get used to – businesses close by 5pm, buggy is an accepted form of transportation, and rifles are sold at Walmart. One thing that I’ve been more challenged to warm up to, is a small, winged visitor …

May 6th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors


What the Heck am I Doing Out Here?

Photo by Jeff via Flickr This past fall, early on a foggy September morning, I fell into a deep thought, a thought I’d had many times before: “What the heck am I doing out here?” It was the opening day of the Wisconsin goose season. In the early morning darkness, just a few hundred yards from …

March 24th, 2016  |  Published in Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Craning our necks at a kindred steward

There was a lot of talk about sex. Or reproduction, at least. No surprise, since our Public Affairs team at Organic Valley/CROPP Cooperative was visiting one of the sexier outfits in our neck of the Wisconsin woods: Baraboo’s International Crane Foundation (ICF), the world’s leading center for habitat restoration and captive breeding of the world’s …

December 29th, 2015  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors, Sustainability


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


 
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