Steph Larsen

Steph Larsen lives in Lyons, Nebraska, where she and her partner are "part-time farmers," growing food for themselves and their community. Steph holds a master's degree in geography from her home state of Wisconsin and serves on the board of the Women, Food and Agriculture Network.

Culling things over

Time to kill the rooster

There’s a chore I’ve been putting off for some time, that I know will be one of the more unpleasant things I’ve encountered so far on our little farm. It’s time to thin my chicken flock.

Taking stalk

Waiting for a hard frost

Reflections at the end of a Midwestern growing season.

Jam-packed

Conserving while preserving: Energy and food storage

I've been canning, freezing, and dehydrating summer's bounty to enjoy in winter. But it bothers me that all these methods use substantial amounts of electricity. Readers, help me out?

Can't keep'em down on the farm

Life, uncontained: Fighting with weeds, squash — and GMOs

Living things have a habit of not doing what you expect them to. But sometimes plants and animals can go places you aren't intending, and the consequences can be minor ... or catastrophic.

Pets or meat

One sick chicken

How far do you go to treat a farm animal? Balancing animal welfare, farm economics, and government means making tough calls.

Yolks on me

Searching for eggs in all the right places

It's like Easter in September on my farm, where "free range" seems to mean "free to lay your eggs anywhere but in your nice, spacious coop."

Suck you

Help! I have vampires on the farm

This year's mosquitoes are sucking all the life out of summer on a farm in Nebraska.

Grape nuts

Midwestern wine makers have it tough — but neighbors can make it tougher

In 1999, there were three grape vineyards in Iowa. Now there are 230. But each could be wiped out by a commonly applied pesticide called 2, 4-D.

Fairgone conclusions

The county fair: Less country every year, even in Nebraska

When the tomatoes turn red and the corn is so tall I can't even reach the top by jumping, I get a hankering for funnel cake, sno-cones, and the tilt-a-whirl. It must be county fair season in the Midwest! But while those things are still on offer, other traditions are disappearing.

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