Category: Current Events

Quiet Evenings

Four years ago tonight it was dark. Scary dark. Quiet. Four years ago today ordinary people became ordinary heroes, and not so ordinary heroes. Four years ago today a barrage of tornadoes hit Alabama that changed the very landscape. I grew up in the country – so dark isn’t new. Dark where you step off […]

NPIP Flock Testing 2015 – Avian Influenza, Pullorum-Typhoid

Several years ago we signed up for the National Poultry Improvement Plan – or NPIP – a program with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and, ultimately, USDA. While many see it as the big bad guys at USDA telling us who we can buy from, the NPIP is a voluntary program that insures […]

Sustainable Agriculture – Earth Day 2015

Sustainable agriculture has become a buzz word, a fashionable thing to be. Sustainable is not just water, waste, environmental, but also financial and part of a community ecosystem. Each state, each type of farming or ranching, each management style all has a community ecosystem. There’s one for the outdoor hog people, one for confinement hog […]

SlowMoneyFarm A to Z – Eggs, Earth, Edible Credits, Ebooks

Sometimes it takes being creative to get everything paid and the “E” words are excellent examples of this (that was not even intentional!). Eggs – white, brown or colored; chicken or duck we have eggs. It’s not only for eating but hatching, and sometimes beyond the ordinary. Our chickens are not necessarily ordinary to look […]

OKC 4-19-95 – In Memory

It seems another lifetime ago, and in some ways it was. Sheep, goats, pigs, poultry, horses filled days. There was a different struggle and sometimes we don’t get second chances. On April 19, 1995, 20 years ago this morning, many never got that second chance. I don’t have to pull up the images to see […]

SlowMoneyFarm A to Z – Dogs, Debt, Delaware, Decisions

What a dilemma…D words! What words associated with SlowMoneyFarm can be found? Many come to mind, but narrowing to four has a couple obvious and a couple not so obvious. Dogs are a big part – from Diva’s Domain to Missy’s humorous poses to the ordinary day in and day out tasks, the dogs follow […]

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 […]

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, […]