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Animal Whisperers: Your Local (Bovine) Outdoor Enthusiasts

It’s easy to see why cows love pasture: lush grass, fresh air, plenty of space to amble around… Organic farmers have held pasture as a cornerstone of their farming practice since ‘organic’ labels started sneaking into early food co-ops. But even before the distinction between conventional and organic agriculture (when “farming” automatically meant organic farming …

June 22nd, 2017  |  Published in Organic Farming, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


De-Stressing At the End of the Day

Because of working full time and being a Mom with 2 active boys ages 9 and 14, coming home from work isn’t always the best time for me to unwind after a long, hard day.  Supper, sports, homework, breakfast dishes in the sink, laundry and many other tasks are calling as soon as I get …

October 20th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Health & Wellness, Outdoors


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


Team Organic Valley does RAGBRAI

“It’s not a race!” If you happen to be traveling near the RAGBRAI route in Iowa in the last week of July, there’s a chance you’ll hear or see this mantra, or others, posted or demonstrated in the behavior of the thousands of bicyclists you might cross paths with. Once a year, Iowans roll out …

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Featured Post, Health & Wellness, Outdoors  |  4 Comments


Determination or Lunacy? A Hunter Can’t Tell the Difference

Photo courtesy of JR Martin via Flickr I pulled myself along, belly-crawling across the thin ice that capped most of the Mississippi River. My hands were so frozen I hadn’t had feeling for over an hour. I crawled forward, a little uneasy about the thin ice beneath me. The wind howled down the river valley …

June 6th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors


Pick Up Your Feet!

Photo courtesy of the Midwest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr Twenty years ago, my mother and I walked out behind the barn, through the darkness, bundled in our warmest clothes. We crawled under the fence and into the woods for what would be my first deer hunt. As I followed, she turned and …

June 1st, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living


Forest to Table

Photo by Korona Lacasse via Flickr Ask any hunter to show you their trophies and you’ll probably be led to the basement office or back den where you’ll see mounted deer heads, turkey fans, or maybe a stuffed duck or two. The proud hunter will usually brush a little dust of each trophy and begin …

May 20th, 2016  |  Published in Featured Post, Outdoors, Sustainable Living  |  2 Comments


Into the Driftless – A Special Housemate, A Better Neighbor: The Bat

When you move from the city to the Driftless country, there are a few things you have to get used to – businesses close by 5pm, buggy is an accepted form of transportation, and rifles are sold at Walmart. One thing that I’ve been more challenged to warm up to, is a small, winged visitor …

May 6th, 2016  |  Published in CROPP Culture, Outdoors


Camo by Day, Heels by Night: Women in Hunting

Breaking a stereotype.  The rainy mornings, muddy roads and the distant gobble of the tom of my hunting dreams are what I look forward to this time of year. When I tell most people I hunt, they instantly question whether I actually hunt and most of the time just laugh and say they never would have guessed …

April 19th, 2016  |  Published in Outdoors


What the Heck am I Doing Out Here?

Photo by Jeff via Flickr This past fall, early on a foggy September morning, I fell into a deep thought, a thought I’d had many times before: “What the heck am I doing out here?” It was the opening day of the Wisconsin goose season. In the early morning darkness, just a few hundred yards from …

March 24th, 2016  |  Published in Outdoors, Sustainable Living


 
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