Welcome to Fishback Family Farms! I'm Rachel Fishback, a farm wife and mother of four by day...Capturing the art and chaos to our everyday farming life! We live in Southeast Iowa where we raise corn and soybeans.

Clay's Field Trip

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

On Monday I braved a field trip with 20 preschoolers....to Marr Park in Ainsworth. The kids had a full, fun morning exploring and seeing things. They built a BEAUTIFUL building about 6 years ago for visitors to stop by our rent....so swing by the next time your in Ainsworth.

Here the kids are watching the pond fish in the indoor aqarium. Mrs. Miles and Clay feeling and trying to guess what nature items were in the box....


Clay making an animal pizza...you followed the recipe cards for whatever animal you pick out....topping the pizza with its favorite foods.
Oh, and Kathy, our guide, was so sweet and broke out the snakes. I stayed AWAY!

Oh, more snakes......


Yep.....the were eager to touch it. No thanks....I STILL stayed back.


And Mrs. Miles actually got Clay to touch it! AHHHHH!

And some more of the snake....ick.

A game of mosquito tag...the kids were all given stickers, and the object was to get ride of your "bites" as fast as possible without getting stung. Clay was obviously loving running like crazy attacking everyone with stickers....

Off to the prarie to go searching.....

Busy catching bugs.....

Clay caught a worm! He then got to go feed it to the fish inside....

Everyone whipped out their binoculars to study the Canadian Goose on the pond. You can see the building in the background.

And, of course, SNACK TIME! Wooo Hooo!

Clay exploring the water before we left.
It was a fun morning....wish you could have joined us:)






Field Time: Spring 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

So, of course, its planting season at the Fishback Ranch here in Iowa. Progress has been AMAZING in the Washington County area! Corn is in and its not May:) Our shop WAS full of pallets filled with bags of corn seed. Here's Tessa and Cocoa checking out the shop. Cocoa was *hoping* Tessa would share her peanut butter cup. Empty bags that needed to be burnt......
Full bags waiting "Oh So Patiently" to be dumped.....
This is what some of our evenings look like...we try to go see dad as much as time allows and exploring is something our kids love to do!
And this has been my view sometimes.......the dust kinda puts a damper on having my window down.
Happy planting, everyone!






Tessa enjoying Spring!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


I thought with it being such a beautiful morning and the three older kids at school, it was a perfect time to photograph Tessa. She wasn't really into it...more impressed with the sounds of a bustling small town...the cars....people she was able to wave and say "Hi" to....and the birds flying fairly close. We'll have to go walking in Washington with the nice weather!

Its that time of year again!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I think we can officially say "Spring IS HERE!" The yard is greening up...along with the beautiful little tree buds and flowers! Same with the skies....YES, the skies. I'm so excited to finally see CLOUDS! And, although I hate storms, I love to watch how the skies go to a deep blueish gray. Changing into unique and wierd patterns that rarely ever seen. So pay attention to the details.....they're so intrecut and refreshing. A true beauty!

And with the renewing season of spring....brings planting! My husband's busy time of year is just around the corner. Last week, Nathan had a great head start of soil finishing, spreading some manure, and finishing up on the planters to make sure they're field-ready. Clay FINALLY got to ride with Nathan one evening. I say "finally" because he knows when ANY piece of equipment has been moved...asking "Why did they move that?" "Who put it there?" "Where are they now?" "How am I suppose to go work for dad when he leaves me at home?!"

Yes, you heard it right. Apparently my son thinks he's been hired by his dad at the age of 5.

We made it to the fields after dark to pick up Clay. He had a fun afternoon/evening riding in the tractor "getting his work done." So here is the first picture of the 2010 field work season! Have a safe spring to everyone out doing work, and PLEASE be respectful of slow moving equipment when driving!


Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Happy Easter, Everyone! Today it rained. My dad said "Rain on Easter means rain for seven Sundays." Wonder what this hail means......
Tessa and I were home when it happened. So I left the porch to take some pictures, and she, of course, followed. :) She wanted to eat those cute little ice balls. Gross, I know, but I only let her eat like one!

Hope you've had a wonderful holiday!