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Take the plunge

November 20, 2022

Take the plunge!  A Polar Plunge! I did it!  It was fun, it was exhilarating!  I was certainly alive! Yesterday, before the Greenwich Tractor Parade, 5 friends decided to jump in the Battenkill River at the Arlington Covered Bridge to raise money. The cause was the Operation Santa project for our school district.  Each of us donated money, as our “buy in” to be able to take this…

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Packer’s Anonymous

November 13, 2022

Dear Packer’s Anonymous, I am a wreck and I desperately need your help. I am a terrible trip packer. What is wrong with me? My mind becomes a swirl whenever I have a trip and I have to think about what to pack. It should be easy.  I mean, count out the number of days, an outfit a day, toiletries and an extra pair of underwear and socks.…

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Integrity Clause

October 23, 2022

The idea of an integrity clause. This past week, The Morning Ag Clips welcomed Kate Forrer as the newest member of our team.  Her role is filling the position of the Executive Director of the Vermont Woodlands Association for us. On behalf of the team and myself, we would like to extend a warm welcome to her.  She is a breath of fresh air, her arrival coming on…

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Happy farm children

October 10, 2022

The groundwork for writing about this picture was laid on Saturday morning, even though this picture was taken Monday morning.  It must have been a foreshadowing. My parents came out for a visit this past weekend.  On Saturday morning, the kids and I (2 of them) were sitting in the kitchen talking over coffee with my parents when Jacob got a text. He had just been telling us…

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The cycle of life

October 3, 2022

It’s been a busy few days! It started with introducing Stephanie to the best donut in Rutland, Vermont.  We needed to be up there to support our friend and had a little time to burn up.  My brain went immediately to my stomach..and Jones’ Donuts.  If you like coconut, and frosting, on a donut, this is the one for you!  Don’t miss it if you are in the…

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Eastern States

September 28, 2022

For four short days every year, when I was a teenager, I became part of something bigger. It was bigger than me when I was 15.  It is bigger than me today, at 47. Eastern States Exposition.  New England’s premier agricultural fair. Every year, our state (New Hampshire), along with the five other New England states, sent a delegation of 4-H youth and their dairy cows down to…

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A ticket to the fair

August 28, 2022

Showing the cows, showing the pigs, showing the chickens. It’s volunteering to scoop ice cream at the 4-H milkshake booth, presenting art projects, and baking cakes. Bringing flower arrangements, quilts, and photography. All of it is a reason to go.   A reason to be a part of something bigger.  The county fair. It’s hot, sweaty, wet, chilly, and usually topped off with a torrential downpour. Blue ribbons,…

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Are you in a pickle?

August 7, 2022

I have been in a pickle this summer; Tyler Ziehm has been in a pickle too! My pickle:  Too much work and not enough people to complete it.   Juggling during the summer is hard.  The kids are home, and everyone seems to be out playing! Without me!  Yikes, not sure how I can get out of this one!  But I will 🙂 Tyler Ziehm has been an…

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Summer Camp: A right of passage

July 17, 2022

It’s a right of passage… Going away to summer camp. This morning, Sam headed off to his first overnight camp, Camp Oswegatchie, New York’s summer FFA camp. I thought back to when I went to camp, all those years ago.  Camp Nellie Huckins, a girl scout camp in northern NH.  My cousin, Jess, and I went together. All winter long, we had looked forward to it.  Planning our…

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A Trip to Iowa

May 22, 2022

Last week I took a trip to Iowa to visit the Iowa Soybean Association. I introduced them to the concept of finding the best donut in Des Moines (Bethany and Lydia were very good sports), and they introduced me to 2 of their farmers and Iowa soybeans. The trip was about overseas markets and the economic environment here.  We talked about fuel costs and fertilizer costs and the…