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Jonathan Livingston Chicken and The Dog Who Would Be King

By Cam Mather Okay, I went with the “The Dog Who Would Be King” title when really it should have been “The Dog Who Would Be a Chicken.” But I liked the movie “The Man Who Would Be King,” about the British learning it’s hard to win a war in Afghanistan. Didn’t go too well …

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Where the Alien Spaceships Will Land

By Cam Mather Ahhhh, fall! I can finally breath again. Oh I was breathing in July, just way too fast because it was way too hot. And dry. As usual we get sidetracked in the garden and we forgot to enjoy our property this summer. We have 150 acres. We used to say we “own” …

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It Feels Like Christmas Morning in the Sweet Potato Patch

By Cam Mather Remember that feeling on Christmas morning when you were a kid, unwrapping those presents with such great anticipation? I still get it, even with the gifts that I purchase for myself months before Christmas, because with the gradual loss of brain function of my 52 year-old brain, I’ve often forgotten what I …

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A Day in the Life of a Sunflower Farm Chicken

By Cam Mather This week we are excited to have a guest blogger, Henrietta the chicken. We’ve been trying to get one of the ladies to contribute a blog for a while now but they are a busy, shy bunch. With a little coaxing (and bribing) though we finally succeeded in getting one of chickens …

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Back to the Future – Freezing Zero-Carbon Corn

By Cam Mather North Americans just have no idea how much energy goes into getting food on our plates. If we did, we’d all walk around in a big grateful daze saying “Thank you farmers, thank you Jolly Green Giant, thank you cheap energy….” and never get anything done. I used the “Back to the …

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The Great Sunflower Farm Food Experiment

By Cam Mather Ever notice how everything gets blown out of proportion these days? Everything has to be a big deal. You can’t just cycle across the country like people did 20 years ago, now you’ve got to come up with a cause, and a slogan, and a Mission Statement, and at the very least, …

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How I Ended Our Drought

By Cam Mather It was interesting to see our reader’s reactions to my drought blog (rant) this week. Michelle and I debated posting it, but we finally thought ‘you know, if you just keep writing shiny happy blogs about how awesome country life is people are going to think you’re either on Prozac or that …

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“Twittering” My Day Away at Sunflower Farm

By Cam Mather I’ve ranted on in the past about how much I question the concept of Twitter. Really, who is so interesting that anyone would want to know the minutiae of their lives every 10 minutes? No one is that interesting! Katy Perry? Nope. John Stewart? Well maybe, but it would be disappointing to …

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The Energizer Doggy

Guest Post by Michelle Mather As you may have read in a previous post, our dog Morgan passed away at the end of May. He was often referred to in this blog as “Morgan the Wonder Dog” and it was no surprise that the place felt empty without him. Within days of his passing the …

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Four New Ladies Join the Flock

Guest Post by Michelle Mather Last week we picked up four new “ready to lay” hens from our local feed mill. They are the same type of chickens as our first four – I believe they are called “Red Sex Link” as they are a cross between a Rhode Island Red Chicken rooster and a …

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