One Farm, One Farmer

One of the best things about having a weird schedule is the freedom to see friends and go places during the day.  This is especially great at this time of year. I have always loved summer. Being outside and in the sun is probably my favorite thing ever….which makes me think I should be a farmer (I know, I have mentioned this before).  Unfortunately, I don’t think I have the discipline and work ethic that it takes to farm.   Luckily, I know a farmer….and she says I can come visit her farm anytime.

My friend Danelle is the owner/farmer of One Farm. What a great name!  Her philosophy is that everything starts with one…one vegetable, one recipe, etc.  It just takes one step to change things. One Farm practices acroecology and is chemical free (Agroecology is the science of ecology applied to the design, development and management of agriculture. Agroecology takes into account the needs of the ecosystem and people in it.). 

 Maybe some day Edith will be a farmer. She was pretty excited about it all.

I met Danelle many years ago when I was young, beautiful, and working at 10th Street Grinder (rest in peace). Danelle worked at Lauritzen Gardens and would come down the street to the Grinder for lunch.  She was one of our best customers.  Flash forward about 7-8 years and she became the marketing coordinator at my last job.  I know it’s  a small world, but I am pretty sure that fate brought us together.  Danelle is one of the coolest people I know.   Her life is also really cool.  She works in marketing more in the winter, then cuts back her hours to farm in the summer.  Her family farms conventionally, and they let her have her farm on  a plot of their land.

Edith and I went out to visit her the other day.  Her farm is out in the Loess Hills in Iowa.  It was super windy, but the views were amazing.  They terrace the fields so they can farm in the hills.  When I saw One Farm, I couldn’t believe that it was maintained by One Farmer.  Like I said, I do not have the work ethic to do this.  She had her work boots on and a knife strapped to her belt.  She looked super tough…well she is super tough.

We went to her house in Logan, IA and she fed me all sorts of greens from her farm.  They were delicious and I am pretty sure that One Meal extended my life just a little.  As a side note, Logan has some sort of siren that goes off every day at noon and 6 p.m…no need for a clock there!

I love Danelle. I love that she is in my life. She is such a badass and an inspiration.


Happy Mother’s Day!

Since it’s common/tradition to plant your tomatoes on Mother’s Day in Nebraska, I decided to take this day to write an update about our garden….which we named “Weeping Gardens” (please note we are not artists…just gardeners).

This year are garden is about 20 x 14 ft.  Brent and Chuck did a great job tilling the soil…like the manly men that they are. Brent also did a great job securing our garden from the viscous rabbits in our yard…yes they are vicious.  They eat everything in sight. He put up this awesome fence and even made a fancy gate. We even have labels!  I really feel like I am living the dream.

So far, most things seem to be coming up just fine. And if we were trying to start a Maple tree farm, we would be doing great, those damn helicopters! It doesn’t look like much now but in a month this dirt will look green an luscious (fingers crossed).  We planted peas, green beans, carrots, beets, onions, kale, green peppers, squash, zucchini, and tomatoes. We also have some herbs: oregano, mint, lavender, and cilantro.  I think we possibly planted the peas a little late, so I hope they make it through the heat or maybe it will cool down for a while.  I never have any luck with root crops because our soil is clay….so I guess you could say that I am really “rooting” for the carrots, onions and beets!

Hope all you mothers have a great day!  Be good to yourself and your babies. Make someone take care of you today. As I have said before, Edith is the best thing I have ever grown.  The tomatoes have a lot of competition….


Golden Sower

This past weekend my family and I went to Lincoln.  My husband, Brent, was running the Lincoln half-marathon and while there we decided to kick off our Nebraska Passport tour by going to the Nebraska State Capitol Building.  What better way to kick of our summer of Nebraska than to learn all about it’s history?  For you “non-Nebraskans”, that little man (19 1/2 foot tall man) on top of the dome is called the Golden Sower….he sows the seeds that make Nebraska flourish and also acts as a really good lightening rod 🙂

Brent trying to imitate the Golden Sower

I was super excited to finally get my hands on our passport.  I think I may start carrying it around in my purse just to show it off…. or maybe just tape it to all of my shirts.

Edith is also very excited!

The Capital has free tours every day on the hour.  We squeezed in on the last tour of Saturday. Our tour guide was super friendly,  young, and informative.  I highly reccomend doing the tour.  If I had just been browsing the Capital on my own I would have never known all the cool quirks about the building and our state.  The building was designed to tell the story of Nebraska.  Each piece of art work represents a story or a stage in Nebraska history. Even the different colored stone pillars in the Legislative Chamber represent the people of Nebraska (umm I think the brown ones were the Germans…weird). At the entrance there are these really great murals that tell the story of how Nebraska was formed. It also shows the story of society- past, present, and future.  The  art shows depiction of energy, earth, the human family, justice and it ends with mosaics of all the elements surrounded by all the fossilized animals that have been found in Nebraska. It’s pretty rad and the story is not religous at all which surprised me!

Where the Unicameral magic happens

Our great tour guide and an ox

Pretty sure this one was Justice

Wooly wooly wooly

During the tour I learned some interesting Nebraska facts that I had not known before. We all know Nebraska is not well populated, but did you know that the ratio of cows to people is 4:1…ridiculous! Also, when settlers first arrived in Lancaster County (where Lincoln is), there were only 12 trees.  At one point, Nebraska was known as the “Tree Planter State”.  We then established Arbor Day, the holiday of planting trees (which was just a few weeks ago).  Also for those of you who didn’t know, Nebraska means “Flat Water”….exciting stuff huh?

I hope this is still a functioning post’s pretty awesome.

At the end of the tour we could have taken an elevator to the fourteenth floor.  When I saw how cramped and old the elevators were I sort of panicked. The idea of being stuck in an elevator with a baby on a 90 degree day made me have a bit of a freak out.  I am sure the view was lovely….not as lovely as my sanity.

The outside of the elevators are very inviting….deceptive

Unfortunately, Brent’s half-marathon wasn’t as successful as our trip to the Capitol.  Edith, Chuck and I were there to cheer him on until the 9th mile.

2/3rds of Brent’s Fan Club