May might be my favorite month. The energy of spring swells in every living thing. I remain in awe of all the energy. A Catbird sings all night outside our open window. Robins begin their singing at 5:15am. That’s the warm-up for the avian symphony that will last all day....
The sun’s energy has transformed our brown pastures into green carpets of food for our beef cattle. The surge of spring is upon us. Red Wing Blackbird males are singing their shoulders off, “Concareeee”. Meadowlarks are singing, "Spring of the yearrrr". Because of the vast grasslands in Swoope their populations...
Winter in Swoope. I walk along the banks of Middle River on our farm in search of treasure. Dexter, our Border Collie usually walks along with me but he passed on and I sure miss him. Cold air seeps through the opening in my collar; the brown, frozen grass crunches...
What is it going to take to restore the Chesapeake Bay? Every person and every tributary in the watershed. What will it take to restore the stream where you live? Every person and every tributary. Elizabeth Buckman, Vice President for Communications with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation asked me to write...
The term “Tree Hugger” is synonymous with "Environmental Wacko". One might say it's used for environmental profiling. From the Dictionary on my computer: Tree Hugger is a noun used informally, chiefly derogatory, for an environmental campaigner. I think I fit this description although I believe in harvesting mature trees or...
I tire of corporate smoke and mirrors, lies and greed. They say natural gas pipelines are safe. If they are so safe why were there seventy "significant" natural gas pipeline incidents in 2013? Pipeline Explosion! And don't forget about the San Bruno explosion that killed eight people, wiped out...
I love the smell of hay…and putting it away for the winter. It’s a good feeling; knowing all the winter feed for the cows is ready. Jeanne is now in the throws of bush hogging the pastures with her new fifteen foot wide “bat-wing” mower. We mow the pastures to...
Jeanne, the Princess of Swoope and I had the privilege of attending the League of Conservation Voters annual Capital Dinner on June 25th. It was held in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the nation's capital. We were there with the Virginia delegation. President Obama and Senator...
Swoope, Va: Several years ago we took two ladies in that needed a place to stay. They were from Wyoming. One had just quit her job; I think she was running away from something. We agreed to put them up for a couple of weeks until they could find a...
May fills my senses as I walk our “river field”. Life’s energy surges this time of year. The avian migration is at its peak. All the birds that want to be here have arrived except for the Dickcissels. They will arrive when the peonies and day lilies open. The...
“Bobby is a force of nature! And with this compilation of his blog posts, musings, and articles, we gain insight into farming, family, and the forces that shape the Shenandoah Valley he calls home. I enjoyed his humorous yet direct writing style as he shared personal and professional observations on conserving the natural landscapes that, quite literally, feed and nourish us.”
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