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    30 Days of Farms & Families

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 31, 2011

    Modern agriculture is the victim of many a misconception these days, but among the biggest: we're some kind of corporate conglomerate. In fact, a survey by the Illinois Farm Families coalition revealed that consumers think fewer than half of all Illinois farms are owned by families – just 46%, while consumers guessed 54% were corporate-owned. (Maybe you remember hearing that some even thought the seed corn signs meant the field was owned by Pioneer?! Ha!) The truth? 95% of the farms in…

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    Things That Haven't Happened in Awhile: A List

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 28, 2011

    It's Friday, my thoughts are disconnected and the kids are home from school today. Or more accurately, the kids are home from school today so my thoughts are disconnected. All in all, it feels like a good day for a list. Lately, I have noticed a few things have been happening that haven't happened in awhile.  Like: 1.         Monday night I cooked meat, potato and vegetable, then we all sat down at the table (that I had to dust off) and ate…

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    An Encounter at the Meat Counter

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 26, 2011

    Last night, my mother-in-law and I found ourselves in town for a fundraising dinner. By "in town," I mean a town 30 minutes away that has a very nice, reasonably large Hy-Vee grocery store. And because we always need groceries, we ran into Hy-Vee after dinner. On my list: ribeyes, for a special dinner. So I headed to the Hy-Vee meat counter. Turns out, the meat counter closed at 9 p.m. It was 9:04. So I turned to the meat case. My mother-in-law, Sharon, and I perused the offerings…

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    To the Farm

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 19, 2011

    (I'm guest blogging over at the Illinois Farm Families website today! We had a big day Saturday, sharing agriculture with new Chicago Field Moms. Here's a look at what we did; be sure to click on over to the Illinois Farm Families blog to catch the rest!) I awoke Saturday morning at 4:10 a.m. Bright eyed. Awake. Not excited to be awake. But excited about the day ahead. (Contrary to popular belief, not all farm people are automatically morning people. 4:10 a.m. is a ridiculous hour of…

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    Hunger Amidst Bounty

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 13, 2011

    I don't often write a blog that's merely a link to another blog, but I thought this bore special recognition. When you get a moment, click here and read it through. Do you know Ann Voskamp? A friend handed me her book, One Thousand Gifts, and I'm making my way through it, soaking up prose which can only be described as poetic. Read the post above and you'll see what I mean. But beyond being an author, blogger and profound Christian thinker, Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife. She's…

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    WatchDog: It's Like Magic

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 6, 2011

    Remember my husband's little brush with farm un-safety? Well, after I wrote about it last year, the good folks at GSI contacted us and said they occasionally like to have farmers try out their products. They thought we might be, ahem, good candidates for one of their WatchDog dryer monitoring units. Essentially, the WatchDog lets you remotely monitor your dryer, via internet access or direct connect – from the house, smartphone, farm, wherever. Or in other words, you don't have to get…

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    Why I'd Move to Texas

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on October 4, 2011

    Never before have I thought to myself, "Hey, I could live in Texas." Today, I read this. Now I think I could. You go, Texas. Tell those PETA peeps where to take their half-baked sideshow. And as an aside, do you think the Illinois State Fair would do the same? (Also, nothing against Texas. I'm just happy here in Illinois. Bloom where God plants ya, I…

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