organic and one 7 year non-organic - were than compared
using the Holistic Management testing guidelines. One
rotation package, a split five year corn, bean, oats, hay,
pasture / corn, bean, corn, oats, hay, emerged as the most
likely practice to produce our desired quality of life.=20
Following the tradition of Holistic Management, we assume
that this choice is wrong and will monitor its adaptation
using early warning criteria. Soil loss, weed problems, and
crop yields constitute most of the criteria.
To achieve the physical environment that we desire requires
a lot of decision making. The very first one is to decide
to do the planning. Daydreaming can be a healthy exercise.=20
Goal setting helps us plan for the future. Dead-ends can be
avoided by careful monitoring.
We now have a map, a selected decision-making process, and
an activity manual to guide us. The future looks
39^ FROM THE KITCHEN
Marj Stonecypher, Floyd, 515-398-2417 (recipes welcome!)
The Farmer's Almanac says, "nicer weather from February on,"
sure hope so. Time to think about spring and summer? My
cousin from McKinney, Texas and I are trying to plan a
family reunion for summer. He is deep into doing family
geology. So we need to get the families together again for
more information for him to put into his computer. Thinking
about reunions, here is a recipe that my late Aunt Mollie
always brought. She left us a year ago at the age of 94.=20
Now someone else has to bring her dish. She gave the recipe
to me a few years ago. I'm wondering if she meant for me to
carry on with her beans? It was simply delicious, and never
a bean for her to take home.
AUNT MOLLIE'S BAKED BEANS
2# assorted dried bean - soaked over night in plain cold
Add: 1/4 tsp soda - Boil for 2 or 3 minutes, drain and
Add: 2 cups brown sugar=20
desired bacon (not fried).
1/2 cup dark molasses=20
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
salt and pepper=20
1/2 stick of butter
Bake 3 hours or more till done - 350 degrees. Keep moist
with water. You don't like baked beans? - You will these!
SOUR CREAM CHOCOLATE CAKE
3 blocks (3 oz) baking chocolate
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 tsp. salt
1 cup boiling water
2 cups light brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. vanilla
Combine baking chocolate, margarine and boiling water in a
small bowl; stir until chocolate and margarine are melted.=20
Thoroughly combine brown sugar, flour, baking soda and salt
in a large bowl. Gradually add chocolate mixture beating
thoroughly. Beat eggs, sour cream and vanilla. Blend into
above and beat one minute at medium speed. Pour into a
greased and floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Bake at 350
degrees for 35-40 minutes. Cool and frost with your
favorite frosting. Note: If you do not have baking
chocolate bars, you can use 1/2 cup cocoa plus 1 1/2 tsp.
40^ CORRESPONDENCE TO THE BOARD
Correspondence to the PFI directors' addresses is always
welcome. Member contributions to the Practical Farmer are
also welcome and will be reviewed by the PFI board of
District 1 (Northwest): Paul Mugge, 6190 470th St.,
Sutherland, 51058. (712) 446-2414.
Colin Wilson, 5482 450th St., Paullina, 51046. (712)
District 2 (North Central): Doug Alert, PFI Vice President,
972 110th St., Hampton, IA 50441. (515) 456-4328.
Don Davidson, 18711 250th St., Grundy Center, 50638. (319)
District 3 (Northeast): Walter Ebert, RR 1, Box 104,
Plainfield, 50666. (319) 276-4444.
Dan Specht, RR 1, McGregor IA 52157. (319) 873-3873.
District 4 (Southwest): Robert Bahrenfus, 15365 S. 12th Ave.
E., Grinnell, IA 50112. (515) 236-4566.
Donna Bauer, 1667 Hwy. 71, Audubon, IA 50025. (712)
District 5 (Southeast): David Lubben, PFI President, 24539
38, Monticello, IA 52310. (319) 465-4717.
Jeff Olson, 2273 140th St., Winfield, 52659. (319)
PFI Executive Vice President & Treasurer: Dick Thompson,=20
2035 190th St., Boone, 50036. (515) 432-1560.=20
Coordinators: Rick Exner, Gary Huber, Room 2104, Agronomy
Hall, ISU, Ames, Iowa, 50011. (515) 294-1923.
Internet: email@example.com =20
41^ PFI MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION AND RENEWAL FORM
Zip Code __________________________________________________
Phone # (________) ________________________________________
This is a:
Do you derive a significant part of your income directly
from farming in Iowa?
Individual or family membership: $20 for one year, $50 for
Please enclose check or money order payable to "Practical
Farmers of Iowa" and mail to:
Practical Farmers of Iowa
2035 190th St.
Boone, IA 50036-7423
Rick (Derrick N.) Exner
</color>Farming Systems Coordinator
Practical Farmers of Iowa
2104 Agronomy Hall, ISU, Ames, IA 50011
(515) 294-1923, -9985 fax