Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Sod

Diary of Jeff Ittel – Green Prairie Turf Week 1, August 1-7, 2011

Monday August 1st To start the day we didn’t have any orders for sod. We usually slow down through the hot summer months, so this wasn’t too unusual. This gave us a chance to do a little sod install job…

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Dan & Michelle Crout - Crout Farm

Diary of Michelle Crout – Crout Farm Week 1, August 1-7,2011

Diary – Week 1 When I was asked to participate in this diary, I’ll have to admit I was reluctant. Would I take the time to share our work day with people and would it be informative? So, I agreed…

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Mike & Suzanne Garver - Garver Family Farm Market

Diary of Mike Garver – Garver Family Farm Market, Week 1 – August 1-7, 2011

August 1 This has certainly been a summer that can push a person to their threshold.  The hot dry summer is not only taking a toll on the crops, but also the people who work out in it.   Monday was…

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Bill & Bev Roe, Pedro's Angus

Diary of Bev Roe – Pedro’s Angus, Week 5- July 25-31, 2011

Monday July 25, 2011 I choose to start this week like I did the last: HOT.  HOT. HOT. And add to that DRRRRY.    We pulled all the bulls away from the breeding pastures, so our spring calving will end about…

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Mike & Suzanne Garver - Garver Family Farm Market

Meet a Farmer- Mike & Suzanne Garver, Garver Family Farm Market

My name is Michael Garver, along with my wife Suzanne Hazelwood Garver; we own and operate the Garver Family Farm Market.  We have two children Alayna (12) and Andy (9).  Our farm is located in Lemon Township just outside of…

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Dan & Michelle Crout - Crout Farm

Meet a Farmer – Dan & Michelle Crout, Crout Farm

Crout Farms Welcome to life on the Crout Farm. My name is Michelle, my husband is Dan and we have 3 children. One girl and 2 boys, a daughter-in-law and a granddaughter.  Our daughter, Shannon is a doctor in residency…

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Jeff Ittel - Green Prairie Sod

Meet a Farmer – Jeff Ittel, Green Prairie Turf

Hello, My name is Jeff Ittel and I raise turfgrass sod. I am married to Michele and we have four children. Jahni, Holly, Madison, and Joe.        This operation is set up in partnership with my parents, John and Phyllis…

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Melody & Oscar Fruth

Diary of Melody Fruth, Week 5 – July 25-28, 2011

Week 5 Monday July 25, 2011 Oscar primarily did the morning feeding by himself.  Chris came around 9:00 to help finish up.  Jeremy hauled hogs for a friend to the Camden locker early this morning and picked up calf feed…

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Ray & Judy Arlinghaus, Lori Ridge Farm

Diary of Ray Arlinghaus – Lori Ridge Farm, Week 5 – July 25-31 2011

Monday July 25 As with most Mondays this time of the year, we started the day cutting flowers.  As a result of the dry weather we have a somewhat narrower selection of cut flowers available, but what we have looks…

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Bill & Bev Roe, Pedro's Angus

Diary of Bev Roe – Pedro’s Angus, Week 4- July 18-24, 2011

Monday July 18, 2011 HOT.  HOT. HOT. I make a gallon of ice tea, ½ gallon homemade sports drink (1 Kool-Aid packet, 1/4 tsp Morton Lite salt, 1/4 tsp salt, heaping 1/2 cup sugar, 2 quarts water) every day. Plus…

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