Planting Trees: Fruit For the Next Generation


A child’s life is impressionable. My father shared stories about his early years before he passed away.  When he talked about the Great Depression I imagined his life as a young boy; working hard on the family farm along side his older brothers and sisters who shouldered the heaviest part of the work.  He tempered his description with references of, “we had no want because we lived on a farm”.  Hardships were about life and death […]



A “light” went on during my daydream featuring photographic memories of my childhood summer trips to my Aunt Nora and Uncle Alf’s dairy farm in Wisconsin, U.S.A.  I realized I was engrained with the mindset “Sustainable Agriculture”.  This relatively new term is a common thread in today’s modern farms.   Most of us have a backyard that may have room for a patio, picnic table, grassy patch and a swimming pool.  You may say, “How am I able to practice “Sustainable Agriculture” in a small space?  Consider taking up this challenge […]

Norwegian Flatbread: Lefse

Lefse rolling, copyright

Potato Ricing Tool, copyright

Lefse is a Norwegian flatbread made with Potatoes.  Many cultures have similar types of bread with varied degrees of thickness.  Most unleavened flatbreads are rolled thin for optimum delicate texture.  My Norwegian relatives served the flatbread primarily with butter and offered granulated sugar or jam.  As a child I quickly learned [read more]to spread butter thinly to the very edge so the sugar crystals would stick all over.  Once the butter and sugar is spread evenly, I prefer to roll tightly  and cut into lengths for dainty consumption.  Eating Lefse politely is an art.  I would judge the level of politeness on how much sugar spills out (hopefully on your plate) when you lift the roll to your mouth.  Never lower your mouth to the plate! […]