5 Lessons Learned While Working In The Oink Booth At The MN State Fair

Oink Booth

Yesterday was a first for me and my husband. We both worked in the Oink Booth at the Minnesota State Fair. Here are just a few takeaways from the day: 1) People love pigs! And especially baby pigs! They love taking pictures of them. They love petting them. And they love watching them, especially during feeding time. 2) People love talking to farmers. They have questions and are truly engaged in conversations about pigs. They want to know why the tails are docked, how many pigs sows have, … [Continue]

AgChat: Third Time is the Charm – What I Learned

AgChat Participants

People who know me know that I like my feet on the ground. I don't particularly like flying but nothing was going to stop me from going to the AgChat conference held in Austin, TX.  People always say the third time is the charm and I would agree wholeheartedly. AgChat allowed me to learn something new, talk with old and new "agnerds," have my eyes opened just a little bit wider and allowed the "inspiration fire" to burn a little hotter.  In a nutshell, the AgChat conference is a place … [Continue]

Grilling Pork At The County Fair Is A Family Affair

Martin County Fair

It's county fair time in the midwest and ours is going on as I write this. And because our county is in "in the middle of hog country" our local Pork Producer Organization grills … [Continue]

Elections, Farms and Food: The Need For A Reasonable Voice


  Like it or not, today is the beginning of the 2014 Minnesota election season. The candidate slate for November's election has been determined. Yes, you will become … [Continue]

10 Things I Wish The Food Babe Knew

Neil deGrasse Tyson

There's a pretty face in the world of food and nutrition. Her name? Vani Hari, or better known as the Food Babe. She started her online company FoodBabe.com in 2011 to "spread … [Continue]

What A Roller Coaster Week! Pigs, Life and Family

Roller coaster

  As a child, I didn't mind riding on roller coasters. But the older I got, the less I liked them. And I like them even less when your life is on that roller coaster. … [Continue]

How To Critically Think GMOs Without A Science Background

"DNA from GMOs can pass directly into humans, study confirms" "GMOs are bad because they are banned in 60+ countries" "GMO Food Poison Handbook: "Genetically-Modified" … [Continue]

Reflecting on Independence Day and Farming

Thomas Jefferson

For many, Independence Day is nothing more than a paid day off of work and where cities and towns are abound with grilling festivities, parades and fireworks. As farmers, we don't … [Continue]

Factory Farm Or Family Farm, You Decide.

Factory Farm or Family Farm

  Evidently the Organic Consumers Association and independent journalist Will Potter believes there should be drones used to spy on "factory farms" because they just … [Continue]

What Consumers Need To Know About Storm Damaged Crops

storm damage

  The farming community landscapes have changed in southern Minnesota. Changed because of Mother Nature's onslaught. Tonight, many of my farming neighbors have … [Continue]