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Tracy Hovde
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Let it flow, let yourself go. Slow and low, that is the tempo.
Let it flow, let yourself go. Slow and low, that is the tempo.

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What Do Farmers Do When They're Sick? The Same Things They Always Do, Just Slower.
This morning I was curled up on the couch with my computer, a can of Coca Cola, and a sleeve of saltine crackers (time-tested family remedies for a sick stomach). Mark had gone out to do a few chores - run hay to the ladies and to fill water tanks. Right ar...
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Tracy's Got a Gun
I was so excited about the gift my boyfriend got me for Valentine’s Day, a .22 rifle, so like most people do when they are excited about something, I posted it on Facebook.  “Nothing says ‘I love you’ quite like a Mossberg 715 Tactical .22 Long Rifle”.  Mos...
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Full Circle
It was my first calving season at the farm and I was so excited to experience this part of farm life.  Mark and I stood outside of the cattle shed, talking about what - I don't remember.  We had come out this April morning to check on the ladies and had fou...
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Slow and Low: How to Cook Grass Scottish Highland Beef
I remember the first time I grilled steaks from our cows.  They were horrible.  Really, truly horrible.  I cooked them just the way I always did my grass fed steaks, on medium high heat for just a few minutes on each side, enough to sear the outside and lea...
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Give Your Furnace the Cold Shoulder
It’s October and temperatures have dropped quickly here in
Wisconsin.  In just a few days we went
from overnight lows in the 60’s to lows in the 40’s.  The cattle are frisking about the pasture,
absolutely joyful to have a break from the summer heat and hum...
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Broken Human Beings
I was grocery shopping the other day and witnessed a toddler throwing a tantrum.  Screaming and twisting in the seat of the cart, he threw his bottle on the floor. Mom calmly picked up the bottle and gave the boy a pacifier, which he threw back at her.  "Fi...
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Humanely Raised
This is the moment that I
told myself I would be there for his death. The 2 year old, 800 lb.
steer moved closer to my son, curious about this small human in the pasture. I
watched from a distance as the beast sniffed curiously at the small boy in
front of ...
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Roasted Chicken Salad with Radish Greens Dressing
Sunday afternoon I stood at the kitchen table with the days tasks laid out before me. I had been to the farmer's market the previous day and had a special delivery of fresh produce from Ken Keppers  that morning.  All of that, in addition to the few things ...
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"No, You May Not Play Video Games"
FarmBoy:  "Mom, can I play my DS on the ride home?" Me:  "Nope." FarmBoy:  "But Mooooooom, it's an HOUR!" Me:  "Yup." FarmBoy:  "What did I do wrong?" Me:  "Honey, you didn't do anything wrong!  I know it seems like a punishment but video games aren't good ...
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