November 5, 2017: From the ashes

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Winter has set its cold white teeth into Blue Dasher Farm, and we are wrapping up final tasks that will secure us for the long dark of the Frigid North’s season that most defines us. The cold is bearable, but the wind finds every hairline crack in our preparations. The past 3 months have not been idle. We have travelled …

August 6-20, 2017: Redefining normal

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Last year brought numerous changes to our lives. Starting a research facility, farm, and bee operation accompanied no small number of challenges and daily surprises. The disruption and insecurity of our lives was made bearable with the knowledge that at some point this adventure would somehow be “done”. That life would calm to a steady state of existence that might …

2017 BDF Field Day!

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Ecological Farming: making money when margins are thin   Farming can be a challenging proposition. Land prices are too high, inputs cost more and more, machinery is expensive and usually needs a technician instead of mechanic. Meanwhile, prices on traditional crops and livestock are the lowest they have been in a decade. Many are getting rich off of farming, but …

July 25, 2017: Dog Days of Summer

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For every summer, there is a honeymoon period. Early in the season, everything is new, the work is fresh, and there is so much energy and life. People are on good behavior, and all seem to get along pretty well. Frankly, I think a lot of us are just happy not to be snowed in. As the calendar turns into …

July 8, 2017: Hard To Be Away

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July 8, 2017 Hard to Be Away Blue Dasher has gone from being a alien-like responsibility fraught with challenges and insecurity to something that I frankly couldn’t see our lives without. I have largely sworn off of travel for the summer, trying to repeat as few of last summer’s mistakes as possible. Despite this, I committed to travel to Pierre …

June 27, 2017: Regaining control…a little

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Well, half the summer is gone and I haven’t blogged a bit (this time last year, I had six blogs written!). This is a problem, since so much has happened this summer already. All I can do is try to make up for lost time. Life abounds on the farm this year, and although we have accomplished so much, it …

November 11, 2016: What a difference a year makes

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A few weeks ago, a list was created of all of the things we had to accomplish before the snow begins to fly here in the frigid north. It wasn’t a short list- a full sheet of paper by the time we were done. Winterizing vehicles, getting livestock barns in place, moving nursery stock, insulating buildings. But I am proud …

Rocketing Towards Fall- September 29, 2016

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It’s been several crazy weeks since our last blog post. Fall is quickly approaching up here in the north. A 10-day trip to Australia to visit with farmers and some sight-seeing with Gabby, a busy field season, harvesting sweet clover, getting the equipment into shape, a longer-than welcome bout with bronchitis and walking pneumonia, finishing the laboratory facility, and a …

Life exceeds expectations: July 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016 Sometimes life exceeds your expectations. The past two weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, and we continue to ride the wave of events on the road to solidifying the Blue Dasher Farm Initiative here in Deuel County. I am looking forward to reaching a time and place when I can step back and put my feet …

Ready for winter: June 11, 2016

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June 11, 2016   Unreasonably hot weather can really suck the life and joy out of things.   For most of the week, temperatures were in the upper 90s; as miserable as it gets. Nevertheless, the team of students worked in the scorching sun all day, and nearly every day. Claire, Mike and Jacob’s projects are all moving ahead full …