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First Day of Spring
Last year, we received a plethora of photos with beautifully landscaped yards and blooming gardens for our Farm Beautiful Contest. At the left, you see Geraldine Emerick and her husband’s farm in Turner, Michigan. The Emericks grow corn, wheat, and soybeans.
“We take great pride in our farm and deeply appreciate the compliments given to us by others,” says Geraldine Emerick. “We live at the end of a dead end road and enjoy the quiet, the beauty of our farmstead, and the total being with nature.” The Emericks, like many farmers, use antique farm equipment as a unique decoration on the farm.
Jim and Vicki Rolli farm in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Vicki has five flower gardens, a vegetable garden, and a rock garden. Jim designed the rock garden (shown at left) with two ponds and waterfalls, large limestone rocks, paths, and many pots of flowers. “It is quite a relaxing area,” says Vicki. “In the summer we have done a lot of entertaining with church picnics and family reunions.”
Gerald and Darlene McMath turned this old grain drill into a flower planter. During Christmas it gets a festive spin and they decorate it with white lights. The McMath’s farm corn, hay, and wheat in Shade Gap, Pennsylvania.
After their marriage in 1962, Ronald and Patricia Hartmann began working on one landscape project a year, as time and money allowed. “For us, our home is the beautiful farm and farmstead where we’ve spent all our married years,” says Patricia. The Hartmann’s farm in Elgin, Illinois.
Dean and Debbie Ruebush live on a centennial farm in Macomb, Illinois. They decorated the southwest side of the farm with an old wagon planted with red flowers. “Our job is never done and we take pride in each project we do that enriches our farmstead,” says Debbie.
Dennis and Barb Mashek have a beautiful new patio behind their home. “You can sit and view the beauty of the farm, smell the fresh, clean air, and see the flowers around the patio,” says Barb about the new outdoor space. “If you’re lucky, you may see hummingbirds or wild birds.”
John and Carol Minor farm corn, soybeans, and manage a cow-calf operation in Fillmore, Missouri. They are another one of the farmers who submitted an entry with an old piece of equipment used as a planter.
Beautifully landscaped yards from the 2013 Farm Beautiful contest.