RicelandMeadows


Writing for Others or Why I do This

Me book 005

November 12, 2019

It is my hope that the things I write, the stories I share and the tales I tell, will help someone.

I hope that someone looking for release from a busy world and busy life, will find a pause and a peace as they read about me and mine. I hope that I can brighten someone’s day, if only for a few minutes. I hope folks looking for information will also find value in this small farming BLOG.

My book, pictured in the photo above, has been well received by many. In the book are many stories from my life growing up in the country and surrounded by farm animals. The stories will make you laugh, as well as, tug at your heart strings. It is written for all audiences and will warm hearts and stir memories in the reader’s mind.

We make movies here for RFD-TV. Several episodes can be found on YouTube. Just type Riceland Meadows into the search bar. I believe there are now 7 shows there. “Rural Heritage” films, edits and promotes my farm in these videos. Again, it is my hope that I can help someone in their quest for information on small farming, draft horses and a host of other topics.

I write for Rural Heritage magazine. I have been writing for them since 2002. I write some “feel good” stuff, but also many ” how-to” articles. I try my best to detail the subject with enough information, based upon my experience, to encourage someone to try it for themselves.

I trust that folks who follow my BLOG have found information, entertainment, and a feeling of well being as they read my words. I thank all of you for following along. The holidays are coming up. If you would like to gift a copy of my book to someone, I will waive the shipping cost for anyone in the continental United States until December 24, 2019. The cost of the book is 15.00 dollars (US) Email me at RicelandMeadows@roadrunner.Com

For copies of my book, my videos and others like it, you can also contact MischkaPress.com    Joe, Susan and Kelly are great people whom have helped me beyond words.

Thank you for following!



It’s The Simple Things

spring 2016

March 25, 2016

In life, it is the simple things that matter. We all get too busy, caught up in the world and all the drama that goes with it. We need to slow down, take a minute to rest our brains, and let our hearts and souls talk to us. This is where true peace comes from. The kind of peace that restores us.

Last night we got a good amount of rain. The grasses and this field of spelt greened up over night. They know that spring is here. I was a little miffed because I had a different plan, but looking around the farm, I can see that the rain was needed. It is also forcing me to change gears, slow down and enjoy a rainy day….and I am doing just that!

Once I settled into the fact that my plans changed, I am making strides in a different direction. I am making progress in a couple of areas that were very needed and all because I had to slow down to think about them. I am sure that I will be better off and enabled to make even more progress once the rain stops, all because I slowed down.

Yesterday, I got to spend a little time with family. I worked on an old firewood tree and completed a list of errands. As I walked among the trees listening to the spring birdsong, I was refreshed almost by accident. Who would think that singing birds and the feeling that comes from completing a job, could make a man feel so good?

The documentary that we filmed here the last few days will air on RFD TV in May. It is two episodes shown on four different dates. It is my hope that folks will watch my horses work and understand why I choose to farm in this manner. I do tell our farm’s story, but the show belongs to the horses. They are the stars.

It is the simple things like harness bells and birdsong that keeps me going…not to mention a good morning kiss or an I love you spoken from a grandchild. The flame of a fire in the dark or the taste of a home canned peach on my tongue fills me with emotion and restores my soul.



What a difference a year makes!
June 18, 2013, 9:21 pm
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Hay and Pumpkins 2012

Hay and Pumpkins 2012

 June 18, 2013

Wow, what a difference a year makes in farming. Last year at this time we had the first cutting made and in the barns. This field of hay was actually second cutting. The pumpkins were beautiful…right before the drought came.

This year is a very wet one. I did cut some hay last evening right before a pop up shower gave us 3/4 of an inch of rain on already saturated ground. The pumpkin plants wait in little plastic plugs struggling just to stay alive. I hope to plant them by the weeks end, but now there is no dirt…only mud.

My field corn was off to a great start. It is now a bit yellow as it begs for some sunshine. The weeds are thriving threatening to choke out the corn. I could only cultivate now with a row boat. Riceland Meadows might have better planted rice this year 😮

The weatherman says 5 days of sun coming, but they are more like weather guessers that weather predictors this year. So we shall see. I do have some hay down, hoping to use the 5 day window, but what I cut today lays on standing water … not good.

The animals are enjoying the cooler weather. The flies are a bit behind, but will soon be out with a vengence, biting man and beast. I think those night time blood sucking insects are building up to large levels… I just hope the bats, barn swallows and purple Martins eat them quickly.

I will keep plugging away, working around the wet, rainy weather, after all … that is what we farmers do 😮