In just 10 days, I will officially be celebrating my first anniversary as a Mrs. I never thought I would have been away from posting for so long. First you’re busy, then you start slacking, some days you all together forget, and well, here we are a whole eight months later without a post. What have I been working on in the meantime? My first post back is going to be a short recap of this year’s topics I’ve been talking about.
The good news? I will be recommitting to posting. It may have been about food or farming in the past, but with this new commitment, I’m hoping to also expand into other fun and random things I love – crafting, shopping, travel… anything that grabs my interest. Without farmers we may have no food, but without all those other facets, there would be no me.
Enjoy the journey!
Super heroes unite at Ag Expo
Could you imagine being covered with “cool packs,” not being able to talk, and walking around with more than 25 pounds of fabric in 90 degree weather for hours at a time? That honorable feat is carried out by two of the best dressed “Heroes” every year during the Michigan Ag Expo… full story
Solar powered farms?
Robots, GPS, alternative energy and hands-free driving – would you ever expect to find these high tech tools on a farm? From robotic milking systems, tractors with GPS that can drive for you, and even wind and solar power stations, farmers today are exactly that, high tech. Want to see some of these advances in technology and how one Michigan farmer is using real estate on his barn roofs to help power the farm? Michigan’s Breakfast on the Farm events start this weekend, Saturday, June 15th at the Reid Dairy Farm in Jeddo, Michigan, located in St. Clair County… full story
It’s June Dairy Month!
Have you ever seen those “California Milk” commercials? The cows are happy and the grass always looks greener. By the end, a glass of California chocolate milk doesn’t sound so bad. “Psssst.” I have a secret for you. In the dairy isle, chances are whether or not it’s marked, you can easily get Michigan milk and support our dairy farmers here at home… full story
Earth Day every day
The original environmentalist was actually the farmer. The man (or woman) whose primary job is to be a caretaker of the land. Who provides for his animals and every year makes improvements to the farmstead. The man who at the end of the day is optimistic he’s making for a better tomorrow, passing down what his father gave to him, and he hopes generations will continue. Less land, less resources and less of his fellow farmers, if he can’t succeed, we will all be at a loss.
In Michigan, we know our farmers are doing the right thing. In fact, they’re jumping through the ropes, voluntarily committing to assessments that tell what they’re doing right and what needs to be improved. Sometimes it takes years, for others it’s a matter of months. And with a seal of approval, a verifier from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development delivers the sign for out front that says so. “This Farm is Environmentally Verified.” It’s all due to the Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program, or MAEAP… full story
Uncorked and toasting to wine-os everwhere!
Learning about all things agriculture on a daily basis, I have truly come to love and appreciate one of Michigan’s expanding industries – Grapes and WINE! For all the beer lovers out there, I too have a deep appreciation for microbrews, but wine might win by just an inch. Why?
Michigan’s wine industry combines my three most favorite things into one fruitful decadence. First – AGRICULTURE. With 101 wineries in the state and just over 2,600 acres of vineyards, everything from the varieties of grapes, weather, climate and a touch of luck go into a great harvest. Each change in season provides unique conditions for each year’s vintage… full story
Celebrating all things Michigan Agriculture
March is full of promotion and excitement in the agriculture community. Governor Rick Snyder declared March not only Food and Agriculture Month, but Michigan Maple Syrup Month as well! Many events are happening across the state to celebrate Michigan’s first crop – maple syrup, and the ag industry as a whole. This third week of March is even recognized as National Agriculture Week! … full story
“Five hundred twenty-five thousand, six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?”
Outside of a season of love, this year, farmers are getting counted. With less then two million farms in the U.S., every one of those farmers counts. The 2012 Census of Agriculture was delivered to farms all over the nations this past December, with about 72,000 mailed in Michigan… full story
One of a kind Christmas giving
We’ve seen increased support for buying local throughout the year, but have you thought about giving local for the holidays? Black Friday is a frenzy of holiday shopping, but this year, you may have noticed a lot of support for Small Business Saturday. Supporting Michigan businesses throughout the holidays is easier than you think, especially when it comes to Michigan’s agricultural products… full story
Real Michigan Christmas Trees
The center of the holiday for many will be focused around friends, family, and of course the Christmas tree. From handmade ornaments with school pictures, to the traditional angel or star that’s been sitting atop the tree for generations, the tree is smack dab in the middle of all Christmas traditions. Getting your tree this year from a U-cut, lot or even the big box store, most likely you’re picking out a real Michigan grown Christmas tree… full story