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    Frugal Farmer Knew How to Pay it Forward

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on March 25, 2014

    This being the season of Spring, it is a time of reflection and preparation. For myself, I try to reflect on what I can do better in my life. Situations I could give more of myself or pay it forward, so to speak. As I find ways to do this not-so-easy task, I keep one person in mind. Edwin "Bud" Skalla. No, I didn't know him personally. However, he still has made an impact on my life. Bud, an elderly southwest Iowa bachelor farmer who is remembered as quiet and frugal left behind…

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    Master Farmer Spirit Is In The Air

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on March 19, 2014

    Wednesday I got the chance to sit in on the 2014 Iowa Master Farmer Awards luncheon presented by Wallaces Farmer. This will mark my 3rd year in attendance of an event that is dated back to the 1920s. This year's guest speaker for the luncheon was Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey. The class of 2014 features Phyllis and Roy Bardole from Rippey; Brian and Cindy Kemp from Sibley; Ann and Marlyn Jorgensen from Garrison; and Gene and Marita Rouse from Huxley. This year's…

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    Meet Harold, Helen and Maria

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on March 6, 2014

    This past February, I packed my bags and escaped the cold snowy days of winter in the Midwest for four days in balmy Syracuse, New York. It was not quite my idea of a vacation destination place, but it was just what I needed for the time. What made head to Syracuse was not just for the "Northeast's Premiere Indoor Farm Show" otherwise known as the New York Farm Show - but it was also a time to mingle and catch up with some of my favorite exhibitors, show staff and farmers. Okay…

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    Garage Turns Into Santa's Workshop

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on January 7, 2014

    First of December I got the wonderful idea to turn part of the garage into a workshop. I have a small but nice set up for making photo frames. A few years back I started custom framing photos and items for friends. I would design the best frame or shadow box to fit the needs of the client. It was in the past year that I decided I would teach myself how to build those frames and shadowboxes as well as design them. So of all the months to get motivated and to start a few projects, I chose…

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    A Week At Home Is No Vacation

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on November 12, 2013

    The word vacation truly isn't in a farmer's vocabulary. I had a few days off and decided to go back home to Nebraska and spend the time with family. I knew there would be little to no down time, but what I got instead was so much more rewarding - quality time bonding time with the parents. I was hoping that the crops would be ready to harvest, but I was about a week too early. I spent the first day catching up on all the projects going on. Most current one is finishing the new calf…

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    Cold Weather Calls For Tomato Chili And A Side Of Cinnamon Roll

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on October 9, 2013

    Last week we saw highs of 60s and lows of 40s - take that plus college football and you have the perfect season to make chili. Just don't forget the cinnamon rolls! Come every October, I look forward to making the first batch of tomato chili for the season. Now, depending who you talk to, some know what I mean by having cinnamon rolls to accompany the chili, others just look at me like I'm crazy gross and disgusting. Don't knock it until you try it. I personally like dunking my…

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    CSA vs Farmers Market: Which One Is Right For You?

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on August 16, 2013

    I am well into my 20 weeks of being a first-time receiving member of a Community Supported Agriculture program. And I am liking it - well most of it. Why do CSA you ask? Well it all started with my strong urge to have a garden. One problem. There was no place to put it. I grew up with having access to a huge garden. When I say huge, I mean enormous. We had endless abundance of wax beans, lettuce, beets, peas, asparagus, kohlrabi, cucumbers and tomatoes just to name a few. I could…

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    Do You Hear What I Hear?

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on July 29, 2013

    The other day, I let the dog out. He usually runs all over the yard and chases off any sign of a moving creature. Lately, he has been running straight for the front porch and squeezing himself under It barking. Something is living there. Mr. Farmer kept seeing a red fox with a few young pups in the area. Thinking that it could not have been a fox den under that porch, I started to do some research online. Sure enough, there are rare occasions where foxes will den under porches. I thought…

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    Who Says Nothing Happens After Midnight?

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on July 17, 2013

    Okay, so maybe it wasn't quite that late, but 11 p.m. is late in this woman's world. Mr. Farmer was winding down watching the local news as my head was already hitting the pillow. I was starting to doze off when I heard the phone go off. I didn't hear it ring, for it was on an entirely different level of the house - but the vibration from wherever it sat was loud enough to wake me up. Looking at the clock, 11:08 p.m., who is calling at this late hour? Sure enough, it was…

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    Life Is Made Up Of Little Victories

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     by Jessica Lavicky
     on June 12, 2013

    This past weekend I headed home back to Nebraska for a few celebrations and events. I headed out early Friday to get to Ft. Calhoun, just north of Omaha, staying with friends. That Saturday morning, I agreed to run in the Gateway to the West 5k race over in Blair, just a few miles away. I've been consistently running the past few months, but nothing to be excited about. The race started, and so did the rain. Luckily it didn't last long. My trick to running is to start off slow…

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