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Animal Whisperers: Cow Waterbeds—Yes, Really

I never thought I’d see the day when a cow would be resting on a nicer bed than me. Single chamber cow waterbeds were brought to the United States from the Netherlands back in 1999 by DCC Waterbeds inventor Dean Throndsen. Since then, they have become the bedding choice for thousands of farmers across the …

August 3rd, 2017  |  Published in Featured Post, Organic Farming  |  1 Comment


Animal Whisperers: Vacuuming up those Pesky Flies

We all know the feeling—there’s that one pesky fly that has its heart set on aggravating you all day long. Well, imagine being a cow and having a whole bunch of flies aggravating you all day long, while at the same time lacking the dexterity to swat them away. Enter the fly vac. James and …

July 14th, 2017  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Organic Farming


Animal Whisperers: From Milking Parlor to Massage Parlor

Dirty cows are uncomfortable cows. Fly-bothered cows are uncomfortable cows. And uncomfortable cows are not happy cows. Plus, they produce less milk. Is there a way, then, to make cows clean and comfortable—short of bathing them individually every day and fanning away the flies by hand? One way is with a rotating cow brush. Scratch …

June 29th, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming


Thanksgiving Tips: Part 2

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use and 10 percent of the total United States energy budget. Although the system as a whole is not perfect, food is a necessity for human life and …

November 23rd, 2016  |  Published in Family, In the Kitchen, Sustainability


Thanksgiving Tips Part 1

Thanksgiving is more than just an opportunity to spend quality time with family; it is also a time to express gratitude for all of the wonderful gifts in life, such as the farmers, farm laborers, cooks, and food service workers who help to make the holiday (and every meal) possible. While we are at it, …

November 11th, 2016  |  Published in Family, Sustainability, Sustainable Living


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


Climate Change, the Farmer and You

We know global climate change is a real thing, and it’s going on right now. But do we know the science behind it and the effects it has on the people producing our food? In 2012, the U.S. Department of agriculture released a new Plant Hardiness Zone map. This was the first new map since …

August 24th, 2016  |  Published in Food & Ag Issues, Organic Farming, Sustainability


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Maddie Doyle is a graduate of The University of Wisconsin La Crosse after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Writing and Professional Writing. Having grown up on a dairy farm and currently living on an Angus beef farm where she also raises Belgian draft horses, Maddie has deep roots in farming and is diving head-first into the organic farming movement and living sustainably. Maddie is almost always in a "farming state of mind" whether it be working as a CROPPie, on the farm with her cows and horses or reading a book on the front porch of her farmhouse.