• Holly Spangler

    Soggy, Saturated, Soaked

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on May 27, 2013

    A disclaimer: I am not complaining. Really. These are just the facts. Since Saturday, we've gotten 6 inches of rain at our house. The gauge at the farm three miles up the road records 8 inches. Since Saturday. John planted 330 acres of beans on Friday. A personal best. But then it got pounded by 6-8 inches of rain. Not good. The Spoon River is out. Again. This is maybe three times this spring? Four? The National Weather Service reports the heaviest flooding this weekend…

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    30 Days on a Prairie Farm: Sustainability

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on November 27, 2012

    I'll likely get in trouble for saying this but I'll do it anyway: I really dislike the word "sustainability." The word has become fraught with politics and peril. Look around your grocery store, and particularly any large urban grocery, and you'll see it showing up on labels: "sustainably grown!" Throw sustainable in front of any noun and you suddenly have something that must surely be good, if only because it's preceded by sustainable. Sustainable…

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    Sweden in Photos: The Countryside

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on September 10, 2012

    Back again with more photos from Sweden! I hope you don't mind…just trying to sort and share. Today, a look at an early morning hike. Next week: our final farm tour. If we learned nothing else from our time in Sweden, it is that Swedes enjoy their great outdoors. Strolling down streets in Stockholm, every single restaurant had tables and chairs out along the sidewalk. The Swedes held the Congress itself not in the city, but in a countryside hotel retreat. And the main conference room…

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