Down on the Farm

The one telltale crabapple.

There are many, many plants on our homestead — not just the type that we’ve intentionally planted but also the panoply of species that grow wild. Many of these are beneficial, some are invasive, while others are appreciated on one part of the farm but a nuisance in a different location.

Learning to identify each plant properly is an important skill Mom nurtured in us since childhood. I remember being shocked to learn that most Wisconsin children are unable to identify five plant species native to the state, while they can easily identify the logos of companies. To me that sounded crazy, as learning the plants, birds and animals of our region had been such an important part of my childhood. But then, I also know that I had a unique childhood.

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