Author: Jan Hoadley

10 Things That Don’t Make Sense

Sometimes the farm side of the world has a conflict with the non-farm side of the world. This can be minor things, but sometimes major things too. It comes up that many things don’t make sense, or are so far apart there’s no bridge to understanding, it seems. For example, although the list is long, […]

Birthdays, Legacies

Today marks 85 years that my dad has celebrated on Earth. Much of what’s possible is from our parents. It’s where I learned to persist, keep pushing, life isn’t always fair but find the best way through problems that you can. Family matters. Some aren’t always as close as we like but it doesn’t go […]

Growing Pains Small Scale

For small to medium sized farms, especially those selling direct, it *appears* that there are many supporters. We hear that’s what people want, right? Small farm, organic, direct. Oh and cheaper. And convenient. And like the store. And…WAIT!!! So all that just like us is actually wanting just like them? An article about the Hunger […]

Almost Wordless Wednesday – Easter bunnies

Different Times Current Losses

I received word this morning of the loss of someone I’ve known my entire life. The news this morning was a shock…must be a mistake. Sadly it’s no mistake. Growing up in a rural neighborhood it was truly a different time. Summer nights, weekend card games for the adults while we played tag, chased fireflies, […]

New MacDonald, Organic or Not

Agriculture is changing. It always has, while rooted in tradition, looking at doing things better. Cheaper. This is often seen as a bad thing, and taken to extremes. It’s said organic doesn’t do that…but any farm, including organic, needs to make the maximum use of their space. It doesn’t matter if it’s 300 acres or […]

Agnerd Alert – Big Horsepower Marvels

If you grew up in central Illinois, know much about construction or mining or like heavy equipment then you know the name Caterpillar. If you like information about equipment and big horsepower, there’s a book out that you’ll want to check out. While Caterpillar is best known for earthmoving equipment, the amount of earth that […]

Pause to Reflect

It’d been one of those days. Long. From 7 a.m. it was busy with check ins, check outs, paperwork, dealing with people and all the things that went in to running an RV park in summer. It was warm, no real break for lunch as eating on the run was common. 8 pm the busy […]

What You Think Vs What You Know

Have you ever bought something that you thought was a pretty good deal only to find out that – darn it – it really wasn’t that good of a deal? Or you thought you were choosing something based on what it sounded like, only to find out the reality was different? Perhaps it was free […]

What Are You (Really) Buying? Food Fraud in America

It’s a competitive world in the marketplace. It’s not just what we do it’s what people think we do, and what they think of what we do. Sometimes there is a view of everyone’s trying to be what we are. Large corporations looking to find how to make engagement personal, transparent, honest, trustworthy. In short […]