When I lived in upstate New York, my favourite thing to do on the weekends was to cycle the 35 mi to my friend’s farm and throw hay bales all day. His hay business completely relies on ancient (and faulty) equipment. His youngest tractor was made in 1963 (that’s 54 years old), and the oldest […]
Here’s a story from my recent trip to Africa…this event had a profound impact on me, so I wanted to share it! Life in our research camp was not easy…with no running water and little electricity (from a solar cell which mainly went to a tiny refrigerator), we didn’t have a lot of the comforts […]
It contains wheat! Beautiful, glorious wheat… This field of wheat is Out…Standing… I didn’t get home from the field until 9:30 pm on this day, but the sunset on the wheat fields made it worth it…almost An interloper! I love how red it looks in the sunset Bonus wheat photos from a couple of weeks […]
Ants have been farming for a lot longer than we have! Some of them farm aphids, like cattle, and drink the sweet honeydew they secrete in excess. These are fast little dudes In the tropics, leaf cutter ants are the dominant invertebrate farmers. They collect pieces of leaves (indeed, large colonies can completely defoliate a […]
I posted some hay field photos last year, but I thought I would post some from this year (belatedly). There’s Hercules! Two farmer friends (if you look closely one of them is making a face at me) We got a lot of bales from this field!
These are really old photos from earlier this summer that I never had a chance to post. My friend and I have been cleaning out an old (very old) barn, which was full of hay up to the waist. We’ve been baling the hay and selling it cheaply as mulch hay, which has the advantages […]
Stuck inside briefly because of cloud cover (our protocol does not allow us to sample if we can’t see our shadows because bees are less active on cloudy days), I thought I would upload some photos from the apple orchards this week. Apple blossom Apple orchards in the Hudson Valley sure are scenic! Peaches blooming […]