Yahoo, Hip- Hip Hooray!
The newest Accurate Ag Book of the year is out…First PEAS to the Table by Susan Grigsby!
Why am I so excited? Simply because now I have a new book to share with students and local libraries! Ok, so I know the book was there before it became the America Farm Bureau Foundation’s book of the year, but now I know it is an accurate reliable story!
Why do I love this book so much? Hmmm, that is easy. It incorporates a bit of history, talks about gardening, competition and helping others! In addition to a great story this book has fabulous lesson plans and activities and a full newspaper type Ag Mag!
Peas are one of my favorite garden goodies. I have taught kids to plant them in pots if they don’t have land to make into a full garden. There are many kinds of peas… yellow, green, short and fat pods, long and lean pods… each look a little different, but grow easily and are tasty!
I can’t wait to share this book and invite groups and classrooms out to our farm to partake in a Pea Adventure, perhaps we will even call it Pea Fest! The timing of honoring this book as this year’s Accurate Ag Book couldn’t be better, the entire field around my home and farm are planned to be planted into peas! What a better way to share than to let kids grow some of their own, pick a few, do a project, have a snack and listen to a story out at a real farm…
Pea Fest is it…. now time to plan and have some fun!
Check out the Peas First to the Table Resources at: https://www.dmsfulfillment.com/FarmBureau/
Growing up in the city led me to become accustomed to bright lights and hustle and bustle all night long. Night driving was no big deal. Here on the prairie there are lots of lights too, just a “little” different! Last night as I was hauling corn from the field to the grain bins to be stored until it is sold, I sat in the field. I glanced out the windshield and saw my new “city lights” on a beautiful prairie night! The glowed, illuminated all within several hundred feet. They added excitement and energy to a calm and peaceful scenery. As quickly as the lights gathered they dispersed. The tractor pulling the grain cart full of freshly combined corn dumped it on the semi- truck and the truck took off back to to the farm yard. The grain cart turned and drove back deep into the field to meet the combine. The lights were gone. The prairie calmed, became dark, and tranquil. I waited until the lights returned, reflecting on how “city lights” and “prairie nights” at harvest have much in common; energy, excitement, hard work, movement and passion! It was a comfortable welcome moment that was a perfect spring board for this new journey of sharing my story of our farm, parenthood, and prairie life!
Stay tuned for more stories of my adventures directly from the central prairie of North Dakota!