The Regenerative Orchard: Cherry Success with Mike Omeg
Play • 1 hr 25 min

Mike Omeg is a 3rd generation cherry grower who has spent the last few decades farming 350 acres of cherries in The Dalles, Oregon. Mike is an innovator with the vision for new approaches and the analytical mind to measure results. He’s tested myriad techniques in his quest for the best and most profitable methods of growing cherries, and was awarded the Good Fruit Grower award by the Fruit Grower News in 2017.

In this conversation, John and Mike delve into the type of bio-intensive system Mike has developed and the data he has collected in his trials. Mike has shown that profitable large-scale agriculture and regenerative practices are entirely compatible and speaks to how his operation has scaled regenerative practices. He also thinks deeply about return on investment, the economic growth of his operation, and discusses the positive impact that regenerative methods have had.

Believing that one of the fastest ways to improve soils is to grow a healthy crop, Mike explains his view of the tree as the conduit for putting carbon into our soils more efficiently than mulch or compost. Supported with the correct nutrition, the tree is simultaneously building this year’s crop and boosting nutrient levels in the soil for building future crops.

In the episode, Mike gives in-depth information on his experiments with different types of cover crops saying, "When we talk about having a return on our investment, we need to have every seed that goes into that mix be there because we know it’s going to earn us a return - not because we want to feel good that we're maybe doing something that we read in a book was important.”

Close to the end of this conversation, Omeg says, “I'm excited for every day to bring new challenges in farming. And focusing upon biological and restorative agriculture has just brought a real sense of joy to me when I walk through the orchard. It's exciting, and I love it.” Mike is truly an important figure in the landscape of stone fruit production. Check out his YouTube channel where he covers not only some of the most innovative stone-fruit production methods, but also a host of other fascinating topics.

Whether you grow cherries or cherry tomatoes, you will find this conversation between John and Mike to be fascinating and informative, with lessons that span all of agriculture.

Listen to this conversation to hear Mike explain:

  • His very practical experience and cost/benefit analysis with mulch, compost, cover crops and interplanting
  • How mow-and-blow replaced Mike’s use of compost
  • How plant sap analysis influenced his inputs management process
  • Mike’s extensive trials, and thinking process, for finding cover crops suitable for orchard alleyways
  • Specific information on Ajuga (Ajuga reptans), Moneywort (Lysimachia nummularia), and Comfrey (Symphytum officinale var. patens)
  • Nutritional defenses against the two major cherry diseases, bacterial canker and powdery mildew that he never imagined possible
  • An interesting anecdote on freeze resistance
  • The value of fish and other inputs on orchard plantings
  • The ROI on a bio-intensive system based on increased cherry size and firmness
  • How biologically intensive practices and large scale production fit together

Resources:

SeaShield (fish product mentioned by Mike)

Mike’s recommended sources for information:

YouTube

The Farming Ladder by G. Henderson

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Credits

This episode was Recorded by John Kempf and Mike Omeg, Edited by Nathan Harman, Produced by Nathan Harman, Robin Kitowski, and Anna Kempf.

The Thriving Farmer Podcast
The Thriving Farmer Podcast
Michael Kilpatrick
116. Tim Petersen on Responsible Ranching from Beef to Bone Broth
Have you ever wondered about ranching versus farming? What are the structural differences, and what kinds of opportunities can those differences provide? On today’s episode of the Thriving Farmer Podcast we’re joined by Tim Peterson of Arizona Grass Raised Beef. The cattle on the Arizona Grass Raised Beef ranch spend their lives foraging for naturally occurring grasses on free-range ranch land, while soaking up the Arizona sunshine and living their best life...the way nature intended. Their boutique USDA inspected plant gives them the unique ability to humanely harvest one animal at a time! In-house, they dry, age, and hand-cut their steak as well as make ground beef and various sausages exclusively with organic spices (but NO sugar or stuff you cannot pronounce). They proudly commit to raising the cleanest, safest, healthiest, and most flavorful beef available. Tune in to hear all about how they do it! You’ll hear: How Tim got started ranching 1:17 What a typical week looks like for Tim 4:38 About Arizona Grass Raised Beef’s process with cattle genetics 9:55 The typical cost of farmland in Arizona 12:37 How Tim went about funding his processing plant 18:24 What variations of products Arizona Grass Raised Beef makes 26:57 How Tim developed relationships with the right chefs 34:04 How many employees Arizona Grass Raised Beef has, and how they find good help 39:16 How Tim developed his marketing plan 41:58 How much beef they process weekly 43:09 How Tim keeps track of and ensures completion of essential tasks 46:24 What Tim believes is the biggest mistake newer farmers and ranchers make 50:56 Tim’s favorite ranching tool 52:59 Where you can find out more about Tim and Arizona Grass Raised Beef 53:21 About the Guest: Tim is the co-owner of Arizona Grass Raised Beef and an Arizona cattle rancher. He operates a USDA inspected processing plant, as well as a USDA commercial kitchen. Arizona Grass Raised Beef is your true ranch to table Grass Fed Beef operation. They practice Regenerative Agriculture by purchasing run down, non-functioning ranches and rebuilding them with their crews and cattle genetics.Their beef is certified by the American Grass Fed Beef Association. Resources: Website - https://azgrassraisedbeef.com/ Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/azgrassraisedbeef/ Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/azgrassraisedbeef/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/azgrassraised
55 min
Farm Small Farm Smart
Farm Small Farm Smart
The Modern Grower Podcast Network
Maybe Farming Isn't the Perfect Job for You (AND THAT'S OK!) (FSFS235)
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56 min
Farm Land
Farm Land
The Modern Grower Podcast Network
Farm Small: Maybe Farming Isn't the Perfect Job for You (AND THAT'S OK!) (FSFS235)
A lot of us who go into farming probably had an idealized vision of what farming as a career is supposed to be like and how our lives and lifestyles would just naturally meld into that vision when we start farming: grow some vegetables, sell them, pay the bills, live a quiet life while eating good food. As simple as it sounds—and many of us have experienced this firsthand, no doubt—it doesn’t happen that way. There’s all the nitty-gritty of designing your operation, ensuring there’s a market for what you grow, and making sure the numbers are enough to keep you on a living wage, among other things. So, say you’ve started farming for a while, but the lifestyle is leagues away from what you imagined it to be and it just isn’t hitting off. What would you do then? In this episode, we’re talking to Sam Billings, someone who fell in love with the idea of permaculture and farming, tried it, and decided he was happier working at a company and gardening as a hobby instead of making it his full-time job. Increase farm efficiency with the Paperpot Transplanter and Other Small Farm Equipment at https://www.paperpot.co/ Follow Diego on IG https://instagram.com/diegofooter Follow PaperpotCo on IG https://instagram.com/paperpot Podcasts by Diego Footer: Microgreens: https://apple.co/2m1QXmW Vegetable Farming: https://apple.co/2lCuv3m Livestock Farming: https://apple.co/2m75EVG Large Scale Farming: https://apple.co/2kxj39i Small Farm Tools https://www.paperpot.co/
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Regenerative Skills
Regenerative Skills
Abundant Edge
The Future of Regenerative Agriculture, expert panel 1
Welcome to the first edition of our monthly expert panels. This first edition starts off strong by addressing one of the most talked about issues of our time; understanding the future of regenerative agriculture. For this panel I teamed up with my friends and collaborators at Climate Farmers. Together we're working to advance regenerative agriculture in Europe. For this panel we assembled and all-star list of some of the most prominent voices in the movement today. Benedikt Bösel joining us from Germany, is the managing director of Gut&Bösel, board member of Soil Alliance, Chairman of the AgTech platform Bundesverband Deutsche Startups e.V.Richard Perkins, joining us from Sweden, is the co-owner and director of Ridgedale Permaculture and leading expert and educator on small scale regenerative agriculturePatrick Worms, joining us from Belgium, is the Senior Science Policy Advisor at World Agroforestry, President of the European Agroforestry Federation, and trustee of the International Union of Agroforestry Today we’ll be exploring the potential of regenerative agriculture. Not only to address and reverse many of the environmental problems we face around the world, but also revive local economies, improve our health, and reconnect us to the ecologies that we depend on as our natural roles as stewards of the land. We’ll also look into some of the important actions we must take to shift the farming industry as well as identify hurdles that must be overcome. Lastly we'll dive into how all of us listening can take part in this transition to a regenerative farming future. Don't forget that these podcasts are just the beginning. The discussion continues on our dedicated Discord server. Join the discord discussion channel to answer the weekly questions and learn new skills with the whole community Links: https://www.ridgedalepermaculture.com/# https://www.gutundboesel.org/ https://worldagroforestry.org/ If you enjoyed this — or any! — episode of the Regenerative Skills podcast, please leave a review of the show! Reviews help boost the show in rankings, which makes it more visible… and that means more listeners! It’s a great way to spread the word about Regenerative Skills!
1 hr 3 min
Soil Sense
Soil Sense
NDSU Extension
Managing Salinity and Sodicity
Over 90% of producers in North Dakota are experiencing some sort of reduced productivity as a result of salinity. This problem is not unique to North Dakota - it’s happening in many of our most productive agricultural regions. The second problem that we’re going to discuss today, is a separate problem, but in many cases, even more difficult to manage, sodicity. Sodicity can also impede progress in solving salinity issues. Salinity and sodicity are different soil chemistries and require different management strategies. We discussed these topics on our panel at the _DIRT Workshop_. Today you’ll hear from: * _Naeem Kalwar_, Extension Soil Health Specialist at North Dakota State University * _Dr. Cheryl Reese_, Senior Lecturer in agronomy at South Dakota State University “The reason we need to care about soil salinity and for that matter sodacity too….is because we lose hundreds of thousands of dollars every year on these kind of spots.” - Naeem Kalwar With the amount of expense necessary to farm ground including gas prices, land prices, inputs and seed prices, having certain sections that represent a net loss can be detrimental to finances.  There are corrections that can be made to improve those soils, improving their profitability and move present salts deeper to cause less harm to crops. Naeem suggests first soil sampling to identify what crops and practices will be most successful in those specific areas. “Across South Dakota and North Dakota, we have very similar soils and these areas pop up because we have old salty sediments that are from old formations. And if these formations are close to the surface and we have a high water table, then these salts will always come back up to the surface.” - Dr. Cheryl Reese Dr. Reese highlights the benefits of using perennial salt tolerant grasses to improve erosion and salt concerns while still producing a usable crop. She suggests contacting your local NRCS to get more guidance and assistance with that measure. Dr. Reese also echoes Naeem by emphasizing the importance of soil testing to identify the specific issue and its severity before discussing mitigation practices such as switching crops, adding tiles or adding amendments. This Week on Soil Sense: * Meet _Naeem Kalwar_, Extension Soil Health Specialist at North Dakota State University and _Dr. Cheryl Reese_, Senior Lecturer in agronomy at South Dakota State University * Learn about the harmful effects of salinity and sodicity and what practices can be used to better manage areas affected by these issues * Explore the potential benefits and limitations of adding tiles and additives to correct salinity and sodicity concerns Connect with Soil Sense: * _Soil Sense Initiative _ Soil Sense Podcast is hosted by _Tim Hammerich_ of the _Future of Agriculture Podcast_.
23 min
The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson
The Urban Farm Podcast with Greg Peterson
Featuring special guests such as Jason Mraz, Kari Spencer, Lisa Steele, and
582: Patti Milligan on Growing Healthier Eaters
Connecting childhood nutrition to gardening. In This Podcast: A fascinating chat with Patti Milligan lets us explore ways to help children crave healthier foods. Patti discusses how taste, smell, and environment are influential to what drives our diet preferences from a young age. She encourages parents to embrace sensory appreciation when introducing children to new and healthy foods that will shape their perceptions and better evolve maturing taste buds. Don’t miss an episode! visit UrbanFarm.Org/podcast Patti has been in the nutrition field for nearly 40 years. Her work and passion in the field of Neuroscience of Taste has led her to the field of saliva research and exploring the why behind the foods we like. Working in both clinical nutrition and integrative medicine/natural foods, Patti brings a unique blend of clinical, educational, holistic, consumer, and PR experience. She and her son created the Be Memorable foundation in which they support individuals making a difference in novel ways for kids’ nutrition (focusing on school gardens and childhood cancer). She is the author of Why is Shirley Unusual? an interactive children’s nutrition & gardening book, the proceeds of which go to sponsoring school gardens. Visit www.UrbanFarm.org/pattimilligan for the show notes on this episode, and access to our full podcast library! Patti Milligan on Growing Healthier Eaters.
33 min
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Beekeeping Today Podcast
Jeff Ott, Kim Flottum
Boris Baer - Center for Integrative Bee Research (S3, E40)
Our guest this week is Boris Baer, Professor of Entomology at UC Riverside. Boris is the recent recipient of a $900,000 grant from the University of California’s Office of the President. He is the Principal Investigator of a four-campus network of bee researchers and engineers to boost dwindling honey bee populations working in the Center for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER). Boris is working with a team of researchers and students looking at the interaction of nutritional supplements when bees have been exposed to pesticides, and how to harness the natural honey bee microbiome to this assault. The research team will also be looking at the successful genomes of honey bees with influence of African genes that have developed increased resistance to the common diseases that currently plague the industry. As part of the grant, researchers from Davis and Merced campuses are looking to develop a breeding program to produce bees better able to cope with environmental stress. A second goal is to develop medications and treatment for sick bees. A third group is coordinating efforts to develop tools beekeepers can use to better monitor what is going on inside their hives. Essentially, electronic veterinarians. Listen today to hear all about the leading edge of practical research is taking the beekeeper of the near future! Links and websites mentioned in this podcast: * Center for Integrative Bee Research - https://ciber.ucr.edu * Honey Bee Obscura Podcast - https://www.honeybeeobscura.com * Brittney Goodrich Almond Pollination Contract Survey (You'll know where to use this when requested "Apism2021") - https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3VjNePVvz9H0F6u?Source=BTP * Build Beekeeping Equipment by Ed Simon - https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/edwin-simon/build-beekeeping-equipment/paperback/product-jjvg8n.html ______________ Thanks to Strong Microbials for their support of Beekeeping Today Podcast. Find out more about heir line of probiotics in our Season 3, Episode 12 episode and from their website: https://www.strongmicrobials.com This episode is brought to you by Global Patties! Global Patties is a family business that manufactures protein supplement patties for honey bees. Feeding your hives protein supplement patties will help ensure that they produce strong and health colonies by increasing brood production and overall honey flow. Global offers a variety of standard patties, as well as custom patties to meet your specific needs. Visit them today at http://globalpatties.com and let them know you appreciate them sponsoring this episode! We want to also thank 2 Million Blossoms as a sponsor of the podcast. 2 Million Blossoms is a quarterly magazine destined for your coffee table. Each page of the magazine is dedicated to the stories and photos of all pollinators and written by leading researchers, photographers and our very own, Kim Flottum. _______________ We hope you enjoy this podcast and welcome your questions and comments: questions@beekeepingtodaypodcast.com Thanks to Bee Culture, the Magazine of American Beekeeping, for their support of The Beekeeping Today Podcast. Available in print and digital at www.beeculture.com Thank you for listening! Podcast music: Young Presidents, "Be Strong", Musicalman, "Epilogue" Beekeeping Today Podcast is an audio production of Growing Planet Media, LLC
52 min
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Investing in Regenerative Agriculture and Food
Koen van Seijen
Soil Builders, for robots not all weeds are created egual
A check in with *Brent Kessel, investor in the New African Farmers bond*, plus a deep dive with *Ben Scott-Robinson of the Small Robot Company* into the role of small robots in regenerative agriculture and why not all weeds are created equal. ----------------------------------------------------- Join our Gumroad community, discover the tiers and benefits here: www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag. Other ways to support our work: - Share the podcast - Give a 5-star rating - Or buy us a coffee… or a meal! www.Ko-fi.com/regenerativeagriculture. ------------------------------------------------------ In the Soil Builders series we welcome back previous friends of the podcast to understand their progress and we discover new companies, startups, farmers, investors engaged in building soil all over the world. More about this episode and the Soil Builders series on https://investinginregenerativeagriculture.com/soil-builders-5 ----------------------------------------------------------- For feedback, ideas, suggestions please contact us through Twitter @KoenvanSeijen, or get in touch through the website www.investinginregenerativeagriculture.com. Join our newsletter on www.eepurl.com/cxU33P. The above references an opinion and is for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to be investment advice. Seek a duly licensed professional for investment advice. Support the show (https://www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag) Support the show (https://www.gumroad.com/investinginregenag)
26 min
Backyard Bounty
Backyard Bounty
Nicole Gennetta
History of Beekeeping in North America ft. Dr. Tammy Horn Potter
History of Beekeeping in North America is this week's topic on Backyard Bounty podcast as we join Nicole and Dr. Tammy Horn Potter. *WHAT YOU’LL LEARN* * How honey bees made their way to North America * What four inventions of the 1800’s are still used in beekeeping today * How History of Beekeeping tells of using bees to defend against Vikings! *OUR GUEST* Tammy is the author of three books about honey bees: Bees in America, How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation was published in 2005; Beeconomy: What Women and Bees teach us about Local Trade and Global Markets in 2012; and her most recent book Flower Power: Establishing Pollinator Habitat published in 2019. She is also the Kentucky State Apiarist for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and serves on serve on four boards related to bees: Honey Bee Health Coalition, Eastern Apiculture Society, Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, and Project Apis M *RESOURCES & LINKS MENTIONED* * Tammy Horn Potter Facebook * * Bees in America: How the Honey Bee Shaped a Nation * * Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us about Local Trade and the Global Market * * Flower Power: Establishing Pollinator Habitat  * Tammy’s books are also available through the * If you wish to get hold of Tammy for a hive inspection in the state of Kentucky please email Tammy.Potter@KY.gov she generally needs about 2 weeks' notice. *YOU MAY ALSO LIKE* Information Overwhelm And The Beekeeping Beginner ft Charlotte of Carolina Honey Bees * SUPPORT THE SHOW* Your support helps us continue to provide the best possible episodes! * Find video episodes on YouTube * Subscribe to the podcast email newsletter * Submit a question or suggestion for the show * Shop Backyard Bounty merchandise * Join our text community (719) 292- 3207 * Get behind the scenes with Patreon * Find us online @HeritageAcresMarket: Website / Facebook Page / Facebook Group / Instagram / TikTok / Twitter / Gab / Pinterest Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/heritageacres)
38 min
The Mushroom Hour Podcast
The Mushroom Hour Podcast
Mushroom Hour
Ep. 72: Porcini, Systematics of Family Boletaceae & Fungus Farming Ants (feat. Bryn Dentinger PhD)
Today on Mushroom Hour we are joined by the distinguished Bryn Dentinger, Curator of Mycology at the Natural History Museum of Utah and Associate Professor in the Biology Department at the University of Utah. Bryn hails from Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota for his PhD, where he studied the molecular systematics of clavarioid and porcini mushrooms. He has carried out fieldwork all over the world, including exciting collecting trips to Vietnam, Brazil, and Cameroon. He spent years in the UK as the Head of Mycology at the world-renowned Kew Gardens and since 2003 has published dozens of research papers in respected scientific journals around the world. Now running the Dentinger lab in Utah, he continues to pursue molecular systematics research on mushrooms and other fungi around the world, combining fieldwork, collections, and modern genomic tools, while maintaining a keen interest in home-brewing and whisky. Bryn’s work has overlapped with many other guests on the Mushroom Hour and has been one of the most recommended guests.    *Topics Covered:* * Early Inspirations to Study Fungi   * Introduction to Porcini   * Definition of Porcini (Species), Boletus (Genus), Boletaceae (Family)   * Family Boletaceae Phylogeny & Radiative Evolutionary Event    * Evolutionary Biology Behind Physical Characteristics of Fungi   * World’s Most Comprehensive Genetic Analysis of Family Boletacae   * Beyond PCR - Emerging Frontiers of Genetic Sequencing   * Importance of Citizen Scientists in Biodiversity Research   * Sequencing Existing Fungarium and Herbarium Collections*   * * Species of Fungus Farming Ants   * "Microbial Garden" Ant/Fungus/Bacteria Ecosystems   * Divergent Evolution of Fungus Farming Ants   * Evolutionary Significance of the Chemical Psilocybin   * Current and Future Research at the Dentinger Lab   *Episode Resources:* * Dentinger Lab Website: https://dentingerlab.org/   * Bryn Dentinger Faculty Page: https://faculty.utah.edu/u6007810-BRYN_DENTINGER/hm/index.hml   * Bryn Dentinger IG: https://www.instagram.com/nhmumycology/   * Boletaceae (Family): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boletaceae    * Boletus (Genus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boletus   * Boletus Edulis (Species): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boletus_edulis   * David McLaughlin (Inspiration): https://cbs.umn.edu/contacts/david-j-mclaughlin   * Tom Bruns (Inspiration): https://plantandmicrobiology.berkeley.edu/profile/bruns   * Charles Peck (Inspiration): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Horton_Peck   * Heimioporus (Mushroom Genus): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heimioporus   * Leaf Cutter Ants: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leafcutter_ant   * Rhodotus palmatus: https://www.mushroomexpert.com/rhodotus_palmatus.html
1 hr 2 min
Off-Farm Income
Off-Farm Income
Matt Brechwald
OFI 1008: Building A Successful Agricultural Lifestyle, One Letter At At A Time
If you have been listening to the show, especially my Tuesday episodes, for some time than you have likely heard me talking about documenting the importance of the growth and progress on your farm or in your agricultural enterprise.  This is very important to both your success and to your marital health, if you happen to have found yourself partaking in that enterprise. The speed of progress in the world of farming can be very slow.  Think about it.  If you buy your first heifer tomorrow, even if she is already bred, you are not selling a calf for 17 months, if you sell it as a feeder.  If you are carrying it over that first winter and selling it directly to a customer as finished beef, you are 29 months away from your first revenue. It can take a lot of time to see results in this lifestyle, and that requires patience.  Patience is a virtue, and it is a particular virtue that many of us, including me, don't have a lot of laying around. Because things move so slow, and you are progressing towards your goal of full-time farming at what feels like a snail's pace you might not recognize all that you are actually accomplishing.  We are all going to be starting at different points, but as an example when Autumm and I got started we had 25 acres of land with a house on it.  There were no fences, no irrigation, no cultivation, no livestock pens, no shelters and nothing but weeds.  With our starting situation, it would take years until we were grazing cattle, and even longer until we had developed the customer base and marketing that would allow us the profit that we were looking for from the farm. However, hidden in this molasses in January type of movement was progress.  The problem is that you might not see that progress if you have no context.  When Autumm and I first bought this farm in 2011 we took a class through the University of Idaho Extension Service called "Living On The Land".  There were actually portions of this class that focused on keeping your marriage healthy through this experience.  Their advice was to take before and after photographs, every year, so you could get perspective and actually see the progress that you had made. Autumm and I did this, although I will admit, we didn't always do this with the purpose of providing ourselves perspective.  As excited new farm owners, we shared our farm and lives with folks on Facebook.  This turned out to be a great tool for providing us this perspective because Facebook automatically provides you memories of photos that you posted a year or two or 10 ago.  So often, Autumm or I will get one of these reminders and we will see the farm with no fences or just dirt where pastures now grow.  And this perspective will really give us a picture of just how far we have come, and it will take away some of that impatience. Before and after pictures are great, but they cannot capture everything that is going on.  A picture may be worth a thousand words, but sometimes not one of those words describes what was going on behind the scenes.  Or, maybe there was no camera there for something very significant. Let me give you an example.  A couple of years ago, at this time of year, I was in Boise attending to some rental house business one afternoon when my phone rang and it was Hattie on the other end.  I could hear the excitement and breathlessness in her voice.  She was walking up the driveway after being dropped off by the school bus, and she saw that one of our does was kidding and needed help.  She had never assisted in parturition before, and neither Autumm nor I were there to do it.  So, it was all up to her. Hattie ended up delivering two kids who both lived and thrived.  She did it all by herself and figured out a lot along the way.  This was unbelievable progress.  50% of the reason that we bought the farm when we did was that Hattie was about to turn 5 and start school in the city, and we wanted to raise her the way we had been raised.  So,
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