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Farm and Ranch Living

Farm and Ranch Living August/September 2020

Discover the pleasures of rural living with Farm & Ranch Living Magazine! You'll enjoy fascinating month-long family diaries, Old Iron restoration tips, inspiring fiction, wholesome country humor and more when you subscribe today!

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the grass is greener

When I’m working, I spend a lot of time indoors, so your stories and photos offer a welcome window to the outside world. Often I wish I were out there, too, and certainly I’m grateful for those who are. I feel thankful when I read ag diaries like the one starting on page 22, by Louisiana sugar cane grower Gene Adolph. Gene and his awesome crew work such long days in heat so sweltering it’s hard to imagine, even up here in the muggy Midwest. At the moment, the summer weather is perfect for working on the porch, where the day’s quiet is punctuated only by birdsong and the sound of a neighbor mowing his grass. As it happens, other more agricultural varieties of grass figure prominently in this issue. Until…

1 min.
field editor

Readers like you are the heart of this magazine, so we are very excited to launch our volunteer Field Editors program. WHAT DO VOLUNTEER FIELD EDITORS DO? ➜ Submit great photos and stories of farm and ranch life, and tell us if there’s a story you want us to cover. ➜ Join and participate in our Facebook Field Editors’ group. ➜ Spread the word! As a thank-you, your Field Editor status will be noted on any of your stories or photos that we run. You’ll also get a free subscription to Farm & Ranch Living. Visit us online to apply: farmandranchliving .com/fieldeditors .…

2 min.
feedback

ANSWERS GALORE Wow! We were overwhelmed by the volume of feedback we got regarding Diana Johnson’s mystery tool, which ran in our April/May issue. Several said it was a tool for agitating laundry; one, like Diana, thought it could be a butter churn. Still others said it was used to mix concrete or crush grapes to make wine. The most common response, though, was that it’s a sauerkraut stomper: Perhaps the judges in Lima, Ohio, were youngsters. What Diana has is a sauerkraut stomper. I stomped a lot of cabbage in my youth, 70-plus years ago in Wausau, Wisconsin. RODNEY ST. CLAIR MADISON, NEW YORK The mystery tool is is a sauerkraut masher. You layer sliced cabbage and salt in a crock and then mash to break down the cabbage. In time, the mixture…

1 min.
lovin’ the life

DRESSED IN HIS BIRTHDAY BEST Our grandson is a John Deere kid who loves to spin the wheels on his toy tractors and play “farming.” He had a great time visiting our farm on his first birthday. BECKY DECKER NEW HARTFORD, IOWA 1. BIG LOVE FOR A LITTLE PONY My miniature pony Cinnamon is as sweet as can be. I am an EMT and a volunteer firefighter, but we also have a small hobby farm, Tiny Hooves Ranch. I love animals; they’re my therapy after a hard day at work. TRACI RITTER SUGAR CAMP, WISCONSIN 2. FOUR IN A ROW After helping Mom throw hay to the horses, twins Reed and Reese took a well-deserved break alongside their trusty sidekicks, Gertie and Tripp. AMBER BROMLEY DEER LODGE, MONTANA 3. KIDS ARE TEACHERS, TOO Our daughter Josie Hazel was visiting her…

2 min.
no mere hole in the ground

I was 8 years old, standing with my dad beside our pond, when I asked, “What’s the difference between a pond and a lake?” Both, I knew, were holes in the ground filled with water. “A pond is the smaller of the two,” Dad said. “This is a pond; a lake is like your granddaddy’s, 2 or 3 acres or more.” Our cows and horses got their drinking water from that pond, but it was our swimming pool, too. After a hot day working on the farm, my two brothers and I would race to the “pool.” I was the youngest, with the shortest legs, so I never won. We’d come around the barn running and shed our clothes along the way. We didn’t wear bathing suits in the pond, but there were…

2 min.
grown to give

Nine years into their careers as large-scale vegetable farmers, Jonathan and Amanda Lawler tweaked the operations of their Indiana farm with a mission to feed the hungry. Now their produce fills hundreds of bellies every day. “We started giving away food when we learned our son’s school had a food pantry and our town was home to hundreds of food-insecure people,” says Jonathan, who is the executive director of the nonprofit Brandywine Creek Farms, located in Greenfield, Indiana. “We knew thousands more were hungry in Indianapolis and we wanted to help, so I called a food bank that had a food transportation department. They pick up 3,000 to 6,000 pounds of our produce daily to take to food banks,” says Jonathan. In 2016, Brandywine Creek Farms donated over 500,000 pounds of fresh…