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Hope springs eternal

Posted on May 14, 2009 at 11:13 AM Comments comments (0)
Springtime brings with it much anticipation and hope. We have planted our spring gardens and are patiently waiting for the time when we can start harvesting the delicate spring vegetables. We have also begun the task of tilling, and planting of the summer gardens. A host of potatoes, tomatoes, cabbages, corn, carrots, and lettuces have been planted. We also have pumpkins, squash and other root vegetables in the ground. Soon we will plant the flowers we use as natural insect repellents as well as those to attract beneficials. We are lucky enough to have had spring rains to keep the plants moist and growing. Many of the perennials are in bloom and the sweet scents of spring fill the air as we work. Truly this is one of the most peaceful places on earth.

A Farmer's Prayer

Posted on March 21, 2009 at 12:48 PM Comments comments (0)


Grant me the SERENITY I whisper in the darkness of the predawn hour here in the sleepy little town of Sugarcreek. I force my eyes to open and will my body to get up and face yet another day of uncertainty. One foot in front of the other just as I have done before. The serenity I will need to lend an ear to an anxious co-worker who stressfully waits every Friday to hear if her husband is one of the many laid off by a local factory. The serenity to look into the fearful and worried eyes of the children I teach whose father takes his turn at picket duty to fight for what he believes in. A picket line that was once peaceful, and has now turned angry. The serenity to listen to the children who are frightened by the events that take place around them and they are too young to understand. God grant me the Serenity I whisper...

Grant me the COURAGE to change what ever situation I may have the ability to change. The courage to continue to write to elected officials and express to them how urgent our situation is even though they do not answer. The courage to ask that they consider the needs of not only the local people, but also of those in the rest of the United States. To somehow impress upon them the real needs we all have to survive. The courage I need to make sometimes painful but necessary decisions in order to help secure our own financial future. The courage to face my own children and explain to them that we will do the best we can in this trying situation. God grant me the courage...

Grant me the WISDOM to understand the situations we face on a daily basis. The wisdom to realize that the Midwest provides a great deal of food for our nation, and with the continual loss of small family farms we will be forced to depend upon the large commercial farms to provide our food. Food grown on land that was once pure, but has been systematically sprayed with herbicides, and insecticides so that the produce looks perfect, tasteless but perfect. Food that has been treated with preservatives so it stays "fresh" as it is trucked across the country and sits on a grocers' shelf. The Wisdom to use the land we have to grow our own food. Food that is grown with no herbicides, pesticides, or preservatives. Food so fresh and free from chemicals that my children and I eat it straight from the vine knowing that all we are ingesting is what nature intended. God grant me the wisdom....



Winds of Change

Posted on March 11, 2009 at 10:13 AM Comments comments (0)
We awoke again this morning to the howling winds barreling across the pastures. A brisk wind that cleanses the atmosphere while it tosses around everything in its path. The early morning songs of the peepers and birds were almost all but drowned out by the roaring wind, but if you listened carefully you could hear them. The winds of change have also swept through our lives as the government officials continually take out their magic pens and sign into legislation bills they have no money to pay for. How I wish I had their magic pen and the bottomless pot of wealth they posses. As a farmer and a teacher, I seem to be continually robbing from Peter to pay Paul, while Peter sits on the sidelines patiently waiting to be paid back. My neighbors and myself struggle to make ends meet in this ever changing economy. One fraught with uncertainty. A magic pen and a bottomless pot of gold is clearly what we need. Are you sure it isn't available? Certainly some feel that it is.

The sweetest flowers ever

Posted on March 9, 2009 at 10:06 AM Comments comments (0)
Well, I can see by my last post that it has been awhile. Sprintime is hectic for us, but I wanted to update you on what is new here. I am STILL trying to get the website up and running. So, I thought I'd work on updating the blog 1st and go from there. This morning the Northwest winds were roaring across the pastures as we awoke ending the warmth we had felt over the past few days. It had been warm enough to coax the birds and the spring peepers into song. It also sent the farm animals into their springtime frollicking. The chickens were happy to play hide and seek with their eggs as they were busy taunting me. Instead of laying them in their chicken house they decided a small nest made of dirt and hay they had collected from the barn floor would be better. The heat from the much needed sun was warm and welcoming as we watched more robins gather on the front lawn. We decided to venture out in search of some early spring flowers. Like treasure hunters searching for gold we set out, and were quickly rewarded when we spied a small cluster of golden yellow crocuses. Our son, who seemed to be the most captivated by their simple beauty,bent down to get a closer look.The almost overlooked jewels were nestled among the dead grasses and twigs from last year's growth. We watched as he buried his tiny nose into their soft petals. "Wow, he exclaimed, these are the sweetest flowers I ever smelled!" That they are, and soon the land will be filled with colorful spring flowers and the sweet scents of spring.

Getting things done

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 1:42 PM Comments comments (0)
Still working on the site and trying to get it updated. It's taking a little longer than I expected . The weather's getting a little warmer and there will be a lot to do outdoors soon. It will be time to plant and then time to harvest. We re-roofed the garage last year and the barn looks like it needs some work as well. It seems like somethig always needs to be done. The farm is a work in progress....much like life itself.

New Beginings

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (2)

Greetings from Double R Farm!

We are a small family  farm in Sugarcreek, Ohio. We have been selling our farm made products, and plants locally in Sugarcreek, Ohio as well as on the internet through Local Harvest. We have decided to create our own website, so here goes... We know it will be a challange at first, but we are looking forward to the experience. Not exactly sure were we are headed, but we are  hoping the journey will be  a  learning experience, and we are looking forward to meeting many new people along the way. Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated.


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