Farm Life Fridays

Farm Life Fridays – A Farm Fib in Two Acts



Who knew

Settin’ Tubes

Was so technical?

My irrigation specialist!

An hour earlier:


I node

I shoulda

Set those tubes fur bed.

Hay-el, Now the dern ditch is dry!
And with that my obsession with Fibs is over.   I knew I would not be able to commit!

And for the record…my irrigation specialist is a well spoken civil engineer…but the fib sort of fit our day.   


Check out the details to the challenge.

Farm Life Fridays

Farm Life Fridays – Our Canvas

Tomorrow morning I have a date with a not so blank canvas…but a canvas…of sorts.

The boys are camping and I get the farm all to myself.   Time to set some siphon tubes (an art form I have yet to master), yes.   But also…Time to create…to start this journey.   

As I have thought about this day, I have been reminded of a talk from several years ago.

The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.

Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty.

You may think you don’t have talents, but that is a false assumption, for we all have talents and gifts, every one of us. The bounds of creativity extend far beyond the limits of a canvas or a sheet of paper and do not require a brush, a pen, or the keys of a piano. Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—colorful gardens, harmonious homes, family memories, flowing laughter.

President Dieter F. Uchtdorf

Here’s to tomorrow…To the power of creation….to all the beauty, past and present, that is our farm!

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Farm Life Fridays – What’s that Smell?   

I began these farm blogs in the hopes of writing and sharing the song of farm life.   Well let me tell you,  if there is a background melody to this life on the farm is certainly one you smell.   

Of course there are the expected animal smells:    But there is a reprieve, in the  sweet scent of flowers.

And there are chemicals…

That one can tolerate when one knows what lies ahead is the smell of a fresh cutting!

And right now?  Right now, I am loving the smell of the Russian olive trees.

I look forward to there fragrant song every year!   Always have….always will.  

Breathe in my friends!!!!

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Farm Life Fridays – Living Our Dreams

Two dreams to share with you tonight.

It is strange to think that last year at this time we just had a dream. It seemed like an improbable dream.   But…

Image Credits


For years I have dreamed of naming a little girl Calliope Jane.  But I have been blessed with two little boys instead.  Still It was sad to know I would never get to use that name.   Sad to know that some dreams are just not realized.  But then today we welcomed a new little girl to the farm.

IMG_1019Welcome home Calliope Jane…Or if you prefer Cow.lie.o.(the black-eyed).pea Jane.   The name just suits her.  Don’t you think?

Keep dreaming friends!

Math Mondays

Math Mondays – A Farm Problem

So I have a real-life problem from our farm and I am wondering how to make it a three act task.  (If you are into organic farming you might want to look away…as I just said this is a real-life problem 😉 )

Dan Meyers describes these type of problems as tasks happening in three acts.

Act 1:  You introduce the central conflict of your story.   (Make it visual…use as few words as possible.)

Acres and acres of weeds

Act 2:  The student looks for resources, asks questions and develops new tools…to overcome the problem.

Notice I said students, but for now I am just going to tell you the tools we have and the question we asked.

TOOLS:  200 gallon tank on a sprayer with a 30 foot span, 19 sprayer heads, each sprayer head disperses treatment at 0.36 gallons per minute, 3 pints of weed killer per acre, and the intention to drive 3.5 miles per hour

Our question:  How many pints of weed killer do we need to add to the 200 gallon tank?

Act 3: Resolve the conflict…and set up for a sequel.

                My work and Greg’s work

We both got the same answers.  YAY!!!!  And both used dimensional analysis…I love using dimensional analysis.

So what would be appropriate photos for acts 2 and 3?   What about photo 1?

And what would be a sequel?

And actually now that I think about it…it would be interesting to see the questions, resources and tools the more organic minded folks would ask/use.