Family and Food

It’s amazing how food really connects us. Families pass recipes down from generation to generation like jewels. Certain foods remind us of loved ones or of places or special times in our lives. Food is more than just sustenance; it’s a way to remember family. What do you do when someone has lost a family member? You bring food because it shows you care.

One food that bonds my extended family together is apples. A few years ago, my dad’s first cousin, John Foust, passed away unexpectedly. He was a CPA with a law degree, but he never lost his passion for his ag roots. 


Barn Problems

We’ve all had moments when we cry in desperation, “What else can possibly go wrong?” Fate often steps in to answer our question  and reminds us who’s in charge. (Hint: It isn’t us.)

Most of the time, we just need to remember that things could be worse. Counting our blessings can help put things in perspective and may mean the difference between a momentary meltdown and a full-on anxiety attack.


Revitalizing Rural Churches

If you’ve ever been part of a school district consolidation effort, you’ve seen parties on both sides fight to keep their school’s identity alive. As passionate as people are about their alma maters, it’s nothing compared with what happens when churches try to merge. Despite the strong aversion to change, however, resistance may be futile.


Farm School

Students in Hamburg, Iowa, are building a farm outside the elementary school, taking pride in their hard work and their town.