Reflections on food while traveling

Recently, I’ve been on the road, or in the air a lot.  Fortunately my travel schedule has slowed and I can start preparing for the spring farming season.  It’s also a time to reflect back on some of the experiences while gone.  Several things stand out, it was a busy but successful time, and hopefully […]

Introducing Hastings Dairy Tours & Events

Welcome to Hastings Dairy!This spring we’re starting a new venture on our farm – Hastings Dairy Tours & Events. Our mission is giving consumers the opportunity to learn about animal agriculture by experiencing a working farm. Our farm will be…

There’s a light at the end of the tunnel…

I am so tired of blogging about the “s-word” and the “w-word” that I decided that I would post a more delightful blog from Minnesota!  Let’s think spring!  This picture is from my garden last spring, and it gives me hope that after almost 4 s…

Looking pretty green around here!

We couldn’t hardly have asked for more favorable weather over the past three weeks, and most of our farm is turning a nice deep shade of green.  Generally mild temperatures and well-timed rains have helped our fescue pastures and our fields of spr…

Hooting Spotted Owls and High School Students

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tbMUk79Kfk Assuming you give a Hoot…have you ever wondered how foresters and biologists locate spotted owls?  They talk to them, of course.  Here’s a little snippet of one of our Wildlife Biologists, Kevin Roberts, as he demonstrates how to locate Spotted Owls using various calls, all done by mouth.  This demonstration was at the California Forestry Challenge (CFC), a program for high school…

From Our Forest to Your Fence – How Cedar Fencing is Made

From Our Forest to your Fence – How Cedar Fencing is Made Incense Cedar is made into various products including pencils, decking, siding, and fencing. Cedar has similar qualities to Redwood (it handles moisture, is less susceptible to rot and mostly bug-free) although it is more reasonably priced. Here is a video we made recently…