Putting chickens in a box and other fun activities…

By Alesha Thompson (Jennifer's sister) Fall in Wisconsin was in full swing when my husband and I decided it was time to sell the chickens. We keep chickens in the summer because they are fun, easy, and a great source of fresh eggs! But once it gets cold, which it always does in Wisconsin, the chickens become a whole lot of work that neither my husband nor I want to do. So every fall, my husband...
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The Honeybee Sisters are coming! Stay tuned…

My idea for my new "Honeybee Sisters" series was born on a beautiful September day on an Amish farm in northeastern Wisconsin. Our tour guide took us to a beautiful farmhouse on the outskirts of Bonduel and introduced us to the Amish woman who lived there. She had the most beautiful yard and garden with grape vines and chrysanthemums and pumpkins, and I fell in love with the place. This...
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Almost time for peach thinning!

It will soon be time to thin peaches. When the peaches are about the size of a walnut they need to be thinned. Peaches should be removed from the limbs leaving them about three to four inches apart. If the tree was pruned properly then not as many peaches will need to be removed. If the peaches are not thinned then the ones that are left will not grow big. It is better to have a few big peaches...
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Tales of a Frustrated Farmer — The Pig that Flew

Over fifty years ago, my older brother Lewis and I raised pigs for an FFA project. When a pig was ready to take to market, we would load it into our one-and-a-half ton truck with four-foot high sideboards and haul it to the auction in a neighboring town. One Saturday, we loaded up a big old sow and headed out. After a pleasant ten minutes of driving, we noticed that the pig had propped her front...
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Tales of a Frustrated Farmer — Spring Time Pruning

Spring time. The snow has melted, the birds are flying north, and the grass is beginning to turn green. It is also time to prune our fruit trees. It is very important to prune some varieties of fruit trees. Peach and apple trees need substantial pruning. Pruning does for a fruit tree what exercise does for the human body. In order to produce quality fruit the peach tree needs to have much of the...
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