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10 things I learned growing up on the farm

By Julie Tomascik Lessons are planned. New school clothes have been bought. Practices have started. It’s time. Summer is coming to an end and students are getting ready to head back to school. To the classroom. Where they learn textbook essentials—math, science and reading. Things they’ll use for years to come. But agriculture’s classroom taught [...]

Eat the fruits—or veggies—of your labor

By Julie Tomascik You pick. I pick. We eat together. It’s a mindset that seems to work if you want your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables. And gardens, u-pick farms and community supported agricultural operations are great avenues. Because they offer the chance to get dirty, sweaty and a little smelly. It’s the [...]

Texas agriculture still has red barn values

By Julie Tomascik Red barns. They’re an iconic symbol of agriculture. A mark of simpler times, hard work and family. Those barns represent smaller farms and ranches. With many crops and a few cows, pigs and chickens. But they also represent values of Texas agriculture—care and shelter for livestock, safe food and doing what’s best [...]

Feeding a growing family

By Lindsey Bowers Eat, eat and eat some more. With two growing boys, it’s all we can do to keep enough food in the house. After a day of playing outside, learning at school and helping with chores around the farm, the boys are hungry. And we’re happy to feed their growing appetites, especially knowing [...]

Loving your heart

By Jessica Domel February holds a special place in my heart. Not because of Valentine’s Day, but because of Heart Health Month. Heart disease runs in my family. And my father was just hospitalized for a heart-related issue. Sitting in the emergency room with him was a wake-up call for me, and for my family. [...]