• Josh Flint

    Knowledge Passed Down Through the Generations

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 29, 2009

    Two years ago, my father shared a simple lawn care tip with me: set the deck near the top and leave the grass a little longer.   Of course, I couldn't see how that made any sense. I wanted my lawn to look like a golf course fairway. Plus, if I cut it shorter, doesn't that mean I can wait longer between mowing?   Well, he was right, as always. Near the end of the year, I had crabgrass, clover and every other type of weed creeping across my lawn. I tried fertilizers, herbicides, lime, etc…

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  • Josh Flint

    You Are No Upton Sinclair, Sir

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 14, 2009

    News flash for Bryan Walsh, Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan: you are not Upton Sinclair and your work is nothing like "The Jungle."   Let me explain.   It seems each time an author, such as the three aforementioned folks, pens an article or book that is critical of the modern food industry, critics, readers and bloggers who support the work rush to compare it to "The Jungle."   Case in point: "And although there's no doubt Walsh owes his knowledge to the masters who came before him…

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  • Josh Flint

    The Weather Was the Star of the Show

    Prairie Gleanings

     by Josh Flint
     on September 3, 2009

    With the Farm Progress Show wrapping up on the last day, I've realized something very important. Weather makes a big difference!   Each year, the show is lined with exhibitors. All of which are rolling out new products or upgraded versions. The grounds are always expertly manicured and traffic flow is becoming a fine science at the permanent sites.   However, each year, the weather is the one thing the show staff cannot control (at least to my knowledge). Last year around this time, I was…

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