Monday, June 24, 2013

GriggsDakota Post Number 1000

On the Blogspot Post Counter, this is number 1000. That means we have published 1000 posts in GriggsDakota. 
We begin today with a favorite photo. It is taken during harvest, which is every farmer's favorite time of the year.
To me, blogging is a communications miracle. Telling the story of GriggsDakota has been a challenging and fulfilling undertaking. I am grateful for all who have participated by reading, commenting, and encouraging us. 

GriggsDakota is the story of a family farm. We practice agriculture and have  since the sod was first turned in this area.
It is a good day to review our favorite theory of agriculture.
Is agriculture an art or a science? Our answer to that question is "it must be both or it will be neither." Art is the human effort to imitate, alter, supplement or counteract the work of nature. Science is knowledge of nature attained through study or practice. Historically farming has been treated as an art with most emphasis placed on effort. There were good farmers and bad farmers. What separated them was thought to be more related to passion and motivation than soil content and variety selection.  In modern agriculture there is still a need for art. We are, after all in the business of altering the works of nature on today's farms.  But more and more, farmers have access to scientific data. We need the knowledge gained through study. Farmers have the opportunity to participate in experiments that impact the modern development of this knowledge in the industry. Agriculture needs farmer's participation in order to find a way to feed this hungry world in a sustainable way. So it seems to me that the effort of our art is always complemented by further knowledge of our science. We'll name that the 
"Theory of GriggsDakota."
You can't be a family farm without a family. I was raised on a small family farm. Farmer Fred and I now operate a much larger farm. 
It is the same farm.
 Over 80% of the land that we farm belongs to someone who is related to me. My great grandparents homesteaded here, my grandparents married neighbors, my dad married the girl next door, and we are still farming. Thank you to our family and the neighbors who trust us without the bond of blood. Their commitment allows us to be stewards of their land.
Our focus is to raise food to help feed a hungry world. It is to that end that we work. With the world's population exploding, the idea that every person should have the opportunity to eat every day is getting bigger all the time. 
We expect our farm to continue for future generations. The blog has helped draw focus onto the farm and the practice of farming.  
The late Paul Harvey, famous radio news personality, had an aunt in Oklahoma. When he was writing a news story, he would often ask himself if his aunt would care or what details she would find most interesting. In order to keep his work his own, he didn't actually call and ask her opinion, but kept his aunt's perspective in his mind as he wrote.
In the same way, I have used my Uncle Owen and his sweet wife Lenore to filter the blogposts that I have published. This exercise taught me to find a focus and stay with it each day.
There has been encouragement along the way. Our kids have been cheerful and patient. Our family has contributed and promoted GriggsDakota. They help keep me honest.  
And there is Farmer Fred, an unconventional farmer, who married the farmer's daughter and went into the advertising business. Farmer Fred has been the star of GriggsDakota. After a Summer job on the family farm, he fell in love with farming. His business experience prepared him and provided the resources to fulfill his dream. He read Sam Walton's book "Made in America" soon after it was published in 1992 and decided to apply those principles to farming. He has endlessly analyzed GriggsDakota to find 1000 things he could make 1% better.
The land is large.
The seasons provide the rhythm by which we work.
The weather provides challenges which we strive to overcome.
Inspired and challenged after 1000 posts, we continue with optimism in GriggsDakota.


  1. I am so proud of you and this blog, Mom! Keep sharing.
    Much love from your cheerful and sometimes too honest promoter,
    Katie Lynn :)

  2. Great post, great pictures, great advice. Thanks for sharing and for encouraging the growth and joy of family farms everywhere! We love following you and your stories.

  3. Those pictures are so great! It is so neat to learn so much about what you do and why you do it...and your sharing the family history along the way is like reading a really good novel!

  4. Joseph- Great Blog post Mom! You work really hard on this blog and many people love your insight on how a farm works!

  5. I enjoy your posts very much, and it's nice to look back to see how far you've come. Thanks for your perspective.

    Lynn in Idaho