Mr Ed’s Farm education program outline. Comments and suggestions welcome. 2

Mr Ed's Farm education program outline. Comments and suggestions welcome.
Mr Ed’s Farm is a work in progress that started a long time ago. When I was an elementary school student, Mrs. Johnson took us on a field trip. We had studied Minnesota History. We had studied American Indians. I was a voracious reader, consuming everything the school library had on the topic. I also ...

The night I almost made it home 1

The night I almost made it home
Being away from home for an extended period of time for a farmer is like a barn sour horse. You can physically get away but it’s always in the back of your mind. Going away from the “barn” the horse goes increasing slower. Coming back, hang on! I’ve worked horses that appear dog tired only ...

Staring death in the eye, he said”No problem” 5

Staring death in the eye, he said
My buddy Duane and I have been going up to Ely to help with the ice harvest for the past five years. The event is a throw back to the days before electric refrigerators. While electric power reached American cities in the late 1800’s, much of rural America did not get power until FDR’s Rural ...

COYOTES!! 1

COYOTES!!
There is one word that sends shivers through the heart of sheep ranchers besides wolves, eagles and bears. It is COYOTES!. People ask me if predators ever get our sheep. Mostly they are thinking timber wolves. “Not that I know of, ” I tell them. “We have coyotes, and I heard that coyotes and wolves ...

Mr. Ed and the bees 1

Mr. Ed and the bees
I saw a picture on Facebook today that reminded me of a honey of a story. I’ll call it “Mr. Ed and the bees.” I have had a lifelong fascination with honey bees. When I was kid we would go visit my uncle Art and Aunt Christine. They lived in a cool place in Brainerd ...

There is a blizzard coming….. 1

There is a blizzard coming.....
There’s a blizzard coming! These are words that can send shivers of fear through the hearts of some, and embers of hope through others. DJ, the neighbor girl stopped by last night. An approaching blizzard meant the possibility of a snow day. Even as a kid, you learn about weighing the risks. Do you really ...

Mondays, best left for reflection 1

Mondays, best left for reflection
Mondays, maybe it would be best to skip them altogether. Go right to Tuesday. Since it’s the beginning of the week , it’s a good time to start a plan. I will admit I am not too good with plans. I am a free spirit, a liberal arts major. That’s why I am not too ...

You can’t kill-em all 1

You can't kill-em all
Living on a farm has its pros and cons. Sometimes people who don’t have farm roots ask me “Doesn’t farming tie you down? Do you ever get a vacation? What do you do with the animals when you have to go away?” I grew up on a dairy farm. The cows needed milking twice a ...

Do your sheep have ticks? 3

Do your sheep have ticks?
Shearing went well today. I am a little tired from counting sheep. Brian, our shearer, sleeps very well. It’s a perk of the profession. My buddy Duane called and wanted to know why sheep don’t shrink when they get wet. I told him they do, dry sheep are as big as cows. That’s why the ...

Peace and harmony on the farmony

Peace and harmony on the farmony
Woke up this morning. As I did chores, sun shining on new fallen snow, puppies at my side, I felt the poet in me take over my soul. I said to myself, “This is a good time, for Mr. Ed to make up a rhyme. So here goes: Someone said Let’s go to Mr. Ed’s ...