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15

Sep

2016

Why I Farm

BECK'S WHY I FARM ROADTRIP: West Virginia FARMER, Morgan Higginbotham

For many families, agriculture is a rich tradition. In West Virginia, Morgan Higginbotham is part of the next generation helping to continue her grandfather’s business, John Crihfield Farms & Greenhouses.

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28

Dec

2015

Family and Farming

5 Family & Farming Goals for the New Year

During the week leading up to New Year’s Day (or sometimes the day of if I forget about them), I have always written down New Year’s resolutions. Most of the time, they are the same typical ones. I am going to eat healthier. I am going to exercise more or lose weight. I am going to save more money. I am going to make more time for hobbies.

And year after year, I swear I am going to stick to them. I do for a while, and some years are better than others. But usually I find myself making some of the same resolutions again the next year. Can anyone relate to this? Maybe it’s with resolutions for yourself, your family, or even your farm?

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11

Nov

2015

Family and Farming

Honoring Our Veterans

Air Force. Army. Coast Guard. Marine Corp. Navy. Because of the courageous men and women from these five branches of military, we as Americans, have the ability to live lives of freedom. For that, we are sincerely grateful. Many of our country’s veterans are also farmers or involved in agriculture. In honor of Veterans Day, we wanted to share the stories of Beck’s customers and employees that have served our country through the military, and at home on the farm.

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20

Oct

2015

Family and Farming

Fall Farming Activities - Cheeseburger Soup and Easy Apple Pie Bites

As I was browsing at a yard sale earlier this summer, I came across a picture frame with this quote embroidered inside. It was only about $2.00, but the message inside was worth millions...In a few short lines, it gives a perfect description of life on a farm during this time of year. As we all very well know, fall on the farm means being “on-the-go” a lot. It starts with the long days and nights of harvest, and then transitions into preparing the fields for winter. And on most farms, fall farming activities require help by the whole family. This means there isn’t a lot of time to be at home, or cook meals.

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4

May

2015

Family and Farming

#Plant15: Take Care of Your Fields, But Also Take Care of Yourself

Every year during planting season, it’s inevitable. Things get crazy. With only a small window to get all of your fields planted, things get rushed, planting becomes top priority, and other things tend to go out the window. I know these things are bound to happen. Farmers’ livelihoods depend on getting things off to a good start during planting, so I know how crucial this time is. However, I also want all of you to stay safe, healthy and happy during the craziness of planting. So as you take care of your fields this spring, don’t forget to also take care of yourself!

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25

Feb

2015

Why I Farm: Behind The Movement

Born with the Heart of a Farmer

Succession planning. It’s not an easy topic. It’s filled with emotion, making conversations awkward, frustrating, hard, confusing, and exhausting. Until a couple years ago, it was the "elephant" in our family. We all knew it needed to be discussed, but none of us knew how to start the conversation.

If you’ve been following my journey in the Why I Farm movement, then you know my involvement has truly been a blessing – personally and professionally. All of the Why I Farm families challenged me to listen harder, write better, and share more. The Sowers’ family brought me closer to my farm. Marty Marr from MDM Farms made me reflect on the values my parents instilled in me. And Jack Frost helped me find God.

But it’s because of our next Why I Farm family that I found comfort.

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9

Feb

2015

Family and Farming

From Glendia's Kitchen - Hearty Chicken Cheese Soup

As we all very well know, work on the farm doesn’t stop in the winter time. From milking, feeding and taking care of animals, to hauling grain or repairing equipment, there is plenty of work to do both inside and outside…even in those frigid temperatures.

By the time you finally return to the house, I bet you’re ready for a nice hot meal to help you warm up. And nothing beats that cold winter chill better than a steaming hot bowl of soup.

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26

May

2014

Family and Farming

Making Things By Hand - Homemade Applesauce

The other day I was making my usual grocery list, writing down the items without even thinking. Milk, coffee, creamer, cereal, bananas, veggies, meat, bread, cheese, granola bars, applesauce, and various other things.

The radio was playing in the background, and all of a sudden I hear this come across the airwaves…

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7

Apr

2014

Family and Farming

Back at Mama's: Colored Easter Flowers

Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year. The weather starts to warm up (which is even more appreciated this year), the sun stays out longer, and the Earth wakes up from its winter slumber and begins to come to life. I love seeing the grass and fields turning green, hearing the birds start to chirp, and watching the flowers begin to bloom.

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3

Feb

2014

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Blackpowder Coyotes

Author: Mike Roux

The snow and brutally cold temperatures we have endured over the past couple weeks makes doing anything outdoors uncomfortable. However, for those that want to fight the cold weather and still have some fun outdoors, now is a great time of year. One of the best things that winter brings to hunters is hungry coyotes. The conditions lately are perfect to call-in and shoot these wild canines.

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27

Jan

2014

Family, Farming and Football

Super Bowl Sweet & Savory Pigs in a Blanket

This coming Sunday, after church has let out and the chores have been done, football fans all across the U.S. will be crowding around their televisions for one of the most anticipated games of the year. The Super Bowl!

Now, sports haven’t been a regular topic in my blog, but they have been a big part of my life, and my family memories. so I wanted to share a little about our family Superbowl gatherings. And if you stay with me until the end of the post, you might find a pretty awesome recipe for you to bring to the party!

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7

Jan

2014

The Great Outdoors With Mike Roux

Start'Em Out Right Hunting

Author: Mike Roux

Today I want to take a look at hunting in its purest form, through the eyes of a child. There are two ways that we can collect data on a child's perception of hunting. The first way is to remember. Take yourself back to the days when even a morning rabbit hunt was as big an adventure as an African Safari. The second way is much more precise. Just ask a kid.

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30

Dec

2013

Family and Farming

Christmas Memories and Family Meals

Well it’s that time. The time between Christmas and New Year’s where I’m back at work, but still thinking about the wonderful times spent with family, afternoon naps I was able to squeeze in, and all the great food I ate last week for Christmas. And just maybe regretting having that extra piece of cake… (In my defense, it was my birthday cake, AND it was the last piece, I couldn’t let it go to waste…right?)

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16

Dec

2013

Field Stories

Known For Something

We are all known for something. Even if we go out of our way to not stand out in a crowd. Some of us desire to be known for something. Maybe it’s our athletic ability, intelligence, job title, role in the family, being the best mom or dad we can be, or a superior businessman or woman. While others seem to be content to sit on the sidelines and to be obscure, even somewhat mysterious. But even if you try not to be known for anything, then you may be known as humble.

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11

Dec

2013

Why I Farm: Behind the Movement

A Company With A Heartbeat

Faith. Christianity. God. Normally you wouldn’t see these words on a company blog, but I can type them proudly. And it’s not just because I am a Christian. It’s because I work for a family-owned company, Beck’s Hybrids. Maybe you don’t remember from my first blog, but I absolutely love my job. Not only do I love what I do, I love who I work for, what the Beck family stands for, and how they’re not afraid to share their beliefs.

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