• Holly Spangler

    Field Moms to the Hog Farm

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 21, 2013

    I have written much in the past about what the Illinois Farm Families program is doing to share agricultural truth with the consumers of Chicago, and in my mind, one of the greater programs they've come up with is the Field Moms program. In its first year, they selected 10 Chicago moms to be "Field Moms." They chose women with an interest in the food supply and with a sphere of influence. They took them inside hog confinements, to cattle feedlots, inside tractors and…

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    Letter to a Young Farmwife

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 13, 2013

    I have, occasionally and lately, seen those Internet memes floating around with quotes and such and my favorite lately says, "Don't compare someone else's highlights reel with your behind-the-scenes footage." And to that I say, amen. {The farm version of that quote would be, "Everybody has a junk pile. Somewhere." Believe it; I've been on a lot of farms in my career. It may be discreet and it may be tucked away…but there's always a junk…

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    Never Leave Home Without It

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 11, 2013

    Last week was a little nuts around the Spangler ranch. We had returned home from a family vacation on Saturday, then launched into a week of catching up on all we'd missed. Which was sort of like cramming three weeks of work into one, even though we'd only been gone a week. Never mind the math, just trust me. By Thursday, I'd driven 260 miles, done one Master Farmer photoshoot, written a blog, written a column, written a story, edited another column and written two Master…

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    Forests, Trees and Paul Harvey

    My Generation

     by Holly Spangler
     on February 5, 2013

    Unless you've been under a rock, you've likely seen - or at the very least, heard about - the Dodge Ram advertisement heralding farmers during Sunday night's Super Bowl. It featured a powerful and nostalgic reading of the poem, "So God Made a Farmer," as delivered by Paul Harvey to the 1978 FFA Convention. Set to the backdrop of Harvey's familiar voice were a series of beautiful photographs, many by National Geographic Photographers, many of which were so…

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