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Getting The President To Laugh

March 30th, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

The kind of readers who visit this website may have noticed that one of our heroes, Wendell Berry, made President Obama laugh right out loud the other day. Wendell recently received a National Humanities Medal in Washington, and when the President leaned forward to drape [...]

Hitching Farm Implements To An Older Tractor

March 9th, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

I know it’s different in advanced agriculture today where tractors and the implements they pull are the size of aircraft carriers. But on farms like mine, which make only limited use of three-point hitch systems, attaching a tractor to a plow, disk, rake, baler, [...]

Gene Logsdon: Roundup Ready Alfalfa — Monsanto’s Big Goof?

March 3rd, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

I don’t know how to jigger genes around to make biotech alfalfa or anything else, but I do know a thing or two about making alfalfa hay. Whether Monsanto’s Roundup Ready alfalfa is harmful to health or not I don’t know either and wonder if anyone [...]

Tasty Meat Comes From The Kitchen, Not the Field

February 23rd, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

Furious arguments sweep back and forth over the landscape about whether pasture-raised meat is better or worse than corn-fed meat. I think pasture-raised might be healthier food depending on the quality of the pasture, but when the debate focuses on taste, oh my. Years and years ago, [...]

Heating with Wood is an Eco-Crime?

February 16th, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

That’s what a recent (Jan. 20) article suggested in the New York Times. After a few more provocative captions like that and a liberal use of the subjunctive mood to convince us of the dangers of burning wood, the article simmered down to saying what [...]

Ecological Food Conference Sold Out Again

February 9th, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

For the second year in a row, the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) conference, which takes place at the end of next week, (Feb. 19-20) is sold out. It is so sold out that it can’t even take walk-in registrations unfortunately. The [...]

Wood By the Cord Yields Lots Of Discord

February 3rd, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

Sitting by the woodstove, I am warmed twice when I read that a cord of shagbark hickory equals 250 gallons of No. 2 oil in heat value. I don’t know what heating oil costs right now, or what that equals in gas heat or electric heat, but [...]

An Affinity For Tree Groves

January 26th, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

I have been cuddling up lately to the woodstove and giving thanks for my good fortune in being able to do so. When we could finally afford to buy our own land, my wife and I were determined to get a tract that had a woodlot on it [...]

Human Manure Shops Are A Hot Business In North Korea

January 19th, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

Remember last week when I said that everywhere I turn these days I seem to run into manure?  It keeps on happening. The latest example comes from, which is a serious financial and business website, no gaming around here with male bovine excretory droppings. [...]

Everything Has A Dark Side

January 12th, 2011 by Gene Logsdon

For a couple of years now I’ve been singing the praises of  what we called hog panels and cattle panels— heavy wire (3/16th inch) fencing panels that come in 16 ft. lengths, some 48 inches high, some 56 inches high.  Most of you know about them, [...]