It all started when a city girl who was allergic to hay met a country boy who baled hay and they decided to marry. A toss of the coin, with a few arguments thrown in for good measure, had the city girl packing up her belongings and moving to a small farm in the middle of no way. Soon life got busy. A love for old homes had them buying and restoring them, then the kids came along, one girl and one boy, and they raised them in the dust of construction moving them from one project to the next all while grooming horses, adopting dogs, raising cattle, and taking in a stray kitten here and there.
Until one day they found this old farm home nestled amid a grove of cedar and oak trees sitting nest to a gently flowing river and they knew at long last this would be their forever home and Cedar Oak Farms was created.
In many ways, it is a typical Midwest farm. They raise corn, soybean, vegetables, herbs, beautiful sunny flowers, and pets.
In other ways they are atypical. They (mainly the city girl) prefer long hours of hoeing to chemicals, relocating pests to stomping on them, and embracing thistle weeds as if they were flowers. Unlike many of their neighbors, they do not raise cattle because they (mainly the city girl) found they became too attached to the cattle and could not let them go.
Today the kids are grown and on their own. All that remains is one dog (gray and limping), one kitten (a little silver she-devil that controls the house), and a new plan to turn our little farmette into a sustainable farmstead.