Organic farming is freedom

Halee and Henry posing on the Oliver. By John Wepking, Meadowlark Organics and Bickford Organics  This spring has been marked by extremes: long periods of frequent rain and then weeks without a drop. Our soils have plenty of room for improvement, but I am grateful to be farming ground that is relatively balanced and has a decent level of organic matter, which allows our soils to receive moisture during heavy rains and hold that water during droughts.... Read More

Heart and Grain: When oak leaves are the size of squirrels’ ears

  By John Wepking, Meadowlark Organics and Bickford Organics  Last year, after we harvested our wheat, we planted a diverse cover crop mix designed for forage and biomass production. It was a rainy summer, and we were getting close to the date when seeding this mix wouldn’t be as effective since the days were getting shorter. I was on my last field, after just refilling the grain drill with seed, and as I passed through a grass waterway,... Read More