Kindergartners Take the Farm

I’m so proud of our son, Brian. Every year, he invites a kindergarten class to the farm for a field trip. He figures out ahead of time what he wants to teach them and how the morning will go, and afterward seems so energized. He’s such a good daddy himself, and yesterday’s visitors are our future farmers, so thank you, Brian!


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  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Awesome, Brian!! A special field trip indeed for any classroom at any age! What a cool way to connect kids with organic farming and the possibilities of farming as a future. How else will they come to know the beauty of a farm, the sweet smells of gardens and animals, and the beauty of green and trees everywhere. Who knows who might be forever inspired from such a trip and end up being a chef or organic grower, or Ag extension agent? Possibilities begin with outreach!

  2. CJ Armstrong says:

    Well, Brian is just that kind of guy . . and daddy! He’s an awesome guy! I’d be proud to call him my son too! What a cool thing to do for kiddos!

  3. Terry Steinmetz says:

    Way to go, Brian! My grandgirls LOVE going to “the farm” & learn something new each time, too. They live in Indiana, primary farm lands!

  4. Karlyne says:

    I’m so glad to see kids getting a farm opportunity. We still tease my niece because when she was five, she insisted that milk came from Albertson’s and had nothing to do with cows. And she lived in a small town surrounded by farms!

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happy HAPPY birthday to MaryJane and Carol!


Carol and MaryJane share the same birthday—probably the reason why they’ve worked so well together for so many years—they’re really two peas in a pod. So today we’re celebrating their birthday farmgirl-style with a triple chocolate cake (Saralou’s surprise), gluten-free brownies (Karina’s surprise), huckleberry cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and lemon cupcakes with huckleberry frosting (my surprise made by my friend Traci).

Yup, no pictures of us today cause we’re reserving the day for sweat pants and celebrating (eating). I’m thinking we’ll make popcorn for lunch.

  1. CJ Armstrong says:

    Happy Birthday to you! Cha, cha, cha!
    Happy Birthday to you!! Cha, cha, cha!!
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU-U-U-U-U-U !!! Cha, cha, cha, cha, cha!!!
    Enjoy your celebration!

  2. Debbie Fischer says:

    Happy Birthday Mary Jane and Carol, have a beautiful, fun day. I wish you many more birthdays full of hope, dreams and wishes.

  3. Christine says:

    Happy Birthday MaryJane and Carol.
    Love from another Taurus gal:)

  4. Laurie Scott says:

    Happy birthday to the both of you. Mary Jane and Carol. Hope that the both of you have a wonderful day. It is such a great pleasure to be a farm girl sister. With lots of friendly farm girls. Hugs to both of you gals.

  5. Nicole Christensen says:

    Happy Birthday to you both! Hope you both have an amazing day!! Farmgirl hugs, Nicole

  6. Beth says:

    Happy Birthday to you both…hope you have a wonderful day celebrating!!!

    Beth (Karina’s mom)

  7. Paula Spencer Scott says:

    Oh man what a fabulous birthday treat selection!! Huckleberry and chocolate, two of the best — for a deserving birthday duo!

  8. Jeannie Pierce says:

    Happiest of Birthdays to you both, you lovely ladies. May you have many more and many more great memories to go with them.

  9. Wishing you both the BEST birthday every!

  10. Judith Lickteig says:

    Happy Birthday, MaryJane and Carol! You ladies have a wonderful celebration! You have certainly given me a lot of good days.

  11. Sarah says:

    Happy birthday to you both! I hope you have a great day!

  12. Charlene Petersen says:

    Celebrate all week long! Happy Birthday to you.

  13. A very farmgirly Happy Birthday to the both of you!!!!!!!!!!

  14. HAY HAY HURRAY HURRAY for you Happy of all Days and therefor all days to COME! Happy Birthday!

  15. Eileen V Widman says:

    Happiest of birthday wishes to both of you wonderful women!

  16. Winnie Nielsen says:

    What a wonderful Duo celebration! Happy Birthday to the best ever Farmgirls!!

  17. Debbie says:

    Oh, my goodness gracious! Here I am bringing up the rear in wishing you both a very happy birthday…how exciting to learn that you both share the same birthday! I love that… 🙂 No doubt you each had a wonderful time celebrating!
    hugs and much love,
    Deb ( your beach farmgirl )

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meet baby Yore

Another new baby Jersey was born yesterday to Mama Emma. I named him Yore, not because he’s harmless and sweet like Eeyore (who is surprisingly good at Pooh-sticks), and not because Yore means
yesteryear, time past, and especially long past as in Heritage Jersey, the breed I’m big on because they’re so small. I named him Yore because when I rolled him/her over to find out we’d just had our third GUY in a row (we want girls—they give milk), I said …


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  1. Laurie Dimino says:

    Too funny Mary Jane, but I have to say, girl or boy he sure is CUTE!!!!! Are you expecting any more Jersey babies? Hope you get at least ONE girl from the bunch.

  2. Terry Steinmetz says:

    What’s not to love in the little guy? And I love the name.

  3. Winnie Nielsen says:

    The cutest baby boy! That is the thing about babies, you don’t get to pick what you want. However, he looks like great breeding stock for the future.

  4. CJ Armstrong says:

    What a cutie! I certainly understand wanting a girl! We’re happy that our last two Longhorn calves were girls! We have three steers, different ages and sizes, “in line” for the freezer.

  5. Catherine says:

    Oh, he is BEAUTIFUL! He looks like he needs nose kisses… And Mama with the dark face is truly gorgeous!

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