Cool New Stuff!

Jul 1, 2013 by

Doesn’t it just figure that as soon as I tell you guys I’ll be slowing down on the farm-related posts, God has other plans?

The day after I posted that blog, I was invited to the Illinois Farm Families training program in Bloomington.  Of course, I jumped on that offer and boy, am I glad I did!

This training/information session was SO right up my alley!  The advertising nerd in me really enjoyed hearing about why they chose each aspect of the Illinois Farm Families logo, watching focus group sessions discuss their opinions of farmERS vs. farmING.  I couldn’t help but look around wondering if everyone else was enjoying it as much as me.  I think they were. 🙂

I left with a binder full of information and even more respect for the ag community.

The following day, I was given the opportunity to blog for the Illinois Farm Families website,  What an honor!

Since people are always so interested in our popcorn growing/harvesting process, that’s what I decided to blog about this month.  Please feel free to check it out at

I hope you all check it out!  Illinois Farm Families is a wonderful organization and I’m so proud that they asked little old me to help them out!

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Announcement #2

Jun 13, 2013 by

I promised more announcements, so here we go!


This blog has been going through somewhat of a transitory phase lately.  When I originally decided to become a blogger, I wanted to share all the funny stories and things I’ve learned about living in a rural area.  My suburban friends were in awe that the things I wrote were really happening and my rural friends didn’t see what the big deal was!


But, time marched on and now I’ve lived here for 5+ years.  I’m not learning new things about the area and the lifestyle as often as I used to.  Is it possible *gasp* that the area is growing on me?


I’ll explore that possibility another day but, today, I want to let you all know that I’ll be transitioning away from the funny stories and towards the things I love to share with you.  Growing on Goofy will become more of a lifestyle blog.


What does that mean for you?


It means you can look for more posts about great recipes, farm life, parenting, kids and, of course, puff quilts!  I’ve been shifting towards this for so long that you probably won’t even notice! 🙂  I’m really excited about how everything is going and I thank you all for your support over the years.  I hope you all continue to read and enjoy Growing on Goofy and, as always, if you have any questions or concerns about how things are going, I’m always eager to hear them!

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Snow Day!

Feb 27, 2013 by

Remember when you were a kid and snow days were the highlight of your whole life?

I still feel that way…though, in fairness, now that I’m a SAHM, I usually don’t HAVE to go anywhere when it snows and the roads are a mess.  So that helps. 🙂

For farmers, however, a snow day is really no different than any other day.  People seem to think that because the weather is bad that farmers must not have any work to do.  I get it.   Farming is, by nature, an outdoor career, after all!

Alas, planting season is coming soon and there is work to be done, albeit mostly indoors!  Today, Adam and his brother are scooping grain bins and trucking soybeans to the river.  When the snow melts and the ground thaws, it will be time to start spreading fertilizer and greasing the planter.

Desipte these flurries, spring is a’comin!

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Meanwhile, in the Twilight Zone…

Dec 31, 2012 by

Today is the weirdest day ever.

My dad came down to coyote hunt.  You have to be pretty motivated to drive an hour in the snow just for the possibility of killing a coyote.

Anyone who knows my dad knows that he does his research.  So, today’s hunt was not just any hunt.  Today’s hunt included three Google Earth maps he printed: our property, the farms surrounding our property and Goofy Ridge.  He also was full of new information gleaned from the “professionals” onweirdo sitescoyote hunting internet forums.  Who knew there was such a thing as a coyote hunting internet forum?  What, exactly, makes you a “professional” coyote hunter anyway?  Hell, the only thing his “research” didn’t include was a color-coded spreadsheet.

I, on the other hand, am spending this last day of 2012 with an ear infection, strep throat and pneumonia.  Or, in the words of the Beastie Boys, PARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRTY!

Even though 2012 isn’t ending on the best note, we’ve had a lot of highlights this year:

-G$ taking his first steps, saying his first words (“mama” was #1 because he is a very smart little boy), getting his first teeth, and turning one.  Of course, the true milestone is that we kept him alive for an entire year! 😉

-Trips to Nassau, Cardinals games, Sunnen Lake, Myrtle Beach and MAUI!

-Harvest starting and ending early!

-Getting below my “I swore I’ll never get to” weight!

-Great blog feedback from all of you!


Thank you all for another great year at Growing on Goofy!  My big new blog announcement is coming up soon, so keep an eye out. 🙂

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Month of Thankfulness

Nov 13, 2012 by

I admit it.  I’m all over this Facebook 30 Days of Thankfulness bit.  I know it annoys some people because, admittedly, we should all be thankful EVERY day of the year, not just the 30 days that fall closest to Thanksgiving.  But come on, people.  Do any of you actually remember to sit and think of something to be grateful for on the other 335 days of the year?  Lord knows I don’t.

It’s pretty ridiculous too, considering.  Our family is extraordinarily blessed and yet, some days, it seems so much easier to find things to complain and whine about.

We had a good harvest, even though the weather was dry and generally crap-tastic.  Despite me currently having pneumonia and G$’s cold, we are an overall healthy family.  Why does it take being so sick to finally appreciate how valuable your health is?

Maybe rather than being snippy with each other over the merits of a Facebook campaign for gratitude, we should spend that time with our families, our communities, our friends.  Spend it being thankful together, for each other.

Oh, and one more thing, if you’re already thankful for what will surely be an amazing Thanksgiving meal, thank a farmer. 🙂


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All Food IS Created Equal

Sep 7, 2012 by

I’ve finally calmed down enough to give my take on the Stanford University study on organic food.  I’ll admit, it took me a minute.


I learned a few things by reading this study but the one I want to focus on first is this:  there are people who actually believed that organic food is not only healthier but more nutritious.  Seriously.  And it isn’t just media-saturated, trend-happy hippies either.  SCIENTISTS actually hypothesized that organic food would be more nutritious than non-organic food.


How does this make sense?  Do people even know what “organic” means?  I understand how some people believe that organic food is “healthier” because they are concerned about the use of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and etc. on non-organic products.  Whether I agree or not is irrelevant.  I can at least understand where they are coming from.


These morons people, however, who think that spraying Potato A with Round-Up and leaving Potato B alone somehow equates to less vitamins and nutrients in Potato A?  They confuse me.  What, because it was grown in a mixture of rotten food compost, that somehow gives it more vitamins?  Or was it the cow shit “natural fertilizer” that gave it the extra edge?  Give me a break.


I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am food pro-choice.  I do not choose to buy organic products myself, but I believe everyone should educate themselves and choose what they think is best for themselves and their families.  I also think if you decide organic produce is the way to go for your family, then you need to be prepared to pay more for it.  That’s basic economics.


My goal in writing this post isn’t to make fun of stupid people (ok, maybe a little!) or to knock anyone’s preference in how their food is grown.  I’m just thrilled that a very reputable university has finally published a study proving what those of us in agriculture already knew.  Organic food is great, if that’s what you’re into.  But it simply is NOT more nutritious.  Period.


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