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Putting up the straw

putting up the straw 2011


We found a super nice guy on Craigs list that had freshly cut bales of straw for a dollar less than the feed store which included delivery!

He was telling me that when his father was a young man he would camp out in these fields around harvest time working for the local farmers to bring in the crops. According to this guy every field from here to the river was bursting with either corn or tobacco.

The hike would have taken his father a full day or maybe two to get here from Nickelsville, not to mention the elevation that would have slowed them down around the halfway point. Sounds like the kind of coming of age ritual that would make a good movie with the right character development and a juicy conflict to overcome that maybe involves one or more of the farmer's daughters.



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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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I am having trouble finding straw in eastern Missouri that is not from sprayed wheat. Was this sprayed?
Comment by Robert Thu Jun 9 19:57:46 2011
I tend to be a bit laid back about making sure local garden inputs are totally organic --- I figure our soil is healthy enough that it can break down most problems. So, I didn't check to see if this was sprayed. However, since it was rye instead of wheat, I think it's less likely to have been treated with anything I wouldn't like.
Comment by anna Fri Jun 10 19:56:33 2011





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