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.

Happy Belated Easter!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Happy Belated Easter, my friends! We spent the weekend road-tripping with my family to Indianapolis. Over 900 miles in three days, eleven people in a fifteen passenger van crammed full of us and our belongings. It was fun! Its funny how you notice all the big white vans you pass by.....:)

We went out to see my brother, Vince, and his fiance', Jen. They're expecting a baby girl anytime....so we went to them to celebrate the holiday. We were also able to see Nathan's Aunt Jodi and Cousin Christina during our short jont to the city.

We took the kids to an Easter Egg hunt in Carmel.....they boasted they had 10,000 eggs. Unfortunately, they probably had 9,000 kids and their parents show up.....and I found out those parents love to egg hunt as much as the kids....so their were plenty of adults helping their kids pick up eggs....even for the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. At least we killed 90 minutes in preparing, to have it end in literally 90 SECONDS! I missed our local hunts....:( We also went to a shower given by Jen's parents in Carmel. It was a great evening to meet Vince and Jen's friends, co-workers and some of her family. Here's one of Brenda's beautiful flowers....

And what did our kids look forward to the most? Well, besides Uncle Vinny....the POOL! And HOT TUB! We spent a few hours here. It helped run off some serious steam.

We had a safe trip, and since Iowa has been stuck in a yucky, rainy, 40 degree weather belt for the past 2 weeks....Nathan came with!

Hopefully you were able to enjoy the beautiful holiday, and celebrate in the Rising of Jesus!

Clover Kids Graduate!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yesterday marked the last day of our 2010-2011 Clover Kids year. It went by so fast! We had a special treat.....learning about ice cream shops! In case you were wondering....ice cream comes from cows. Google it if your in disbelief. Thanks to Richard and his wife from Korner Kremery for taking the time out of your day so we can learn about the sweet wonders of ICE CREAM!

Here's Clay listening to how soft serve ice cream is made....

Ahhhhhh......the wonders of the chocolate dipped cone......
My favs......WAFFLE CONES!

Oh, the choices!

The biggest decision of the day-picking out the best ice cream to enjoy!

Yummy! Superman, Bubblegum, Strawberry, Mint Chip, Praline Pecan......

RyLee checking out the big freezer full of ice cream.

Madison and her friend, Sophie messing around:)

And it was also the last day for these girls in Clover Kids. I can't believe Madison will be moving onto regular 4-H. She said she's excited, but nervous to move onto another club. Its been a fun first four years, girls! I'm pretty sure I have atleast another six before my Clover Kids fun is over:)

Here's our "Graduates" with their certificates and a picture of them from the year.

Mary Mary quite contrary, how does your garden grow?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Well, for starters.....lets just hope it grows.

Last year I found this company who produces Heirloom Seeds. They are out of Mansfield, Missouri- Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. They are NOT organic, but old fashioned plants that grew way back when.

Now, I will say, I have a love-hate relationship for my choice of purchase....I thought it was so cool to try and make my kids eat PURPLE carrots, or pink tomatos....BUT their main fight seems to be trying to stop the use of products my husband and I use everyday. So, standing on my soapbox, here I go.

Woud you like to use the same technology that was in store 60 years ago? No cell phones, computers, can you imagine a doctors visit or diagnoses? I, personally, do NOT want to back to the 50's, or horse and buggies for that matter. Doing laundry for a family of six with my beautiful, front loading red washer and dryer is quite a chore as it is!

As a farmer, I KNOW Nathan and I are not dumping chemicals on our crops to make a buck. I know my neighbors are not plugging their livestock full of hormones OR drugs, either. We use animal manure to add nutrients to the soil. Believe it or not, we're professionals...and I don't walk around barefoot or decked out in plaid and overalls....computers run most of our equipment, from carefully placing the seed in the ground to properly spraying nutrients on our corn and soybeans. TONS of research has been put into the seeds we're planting, nutirents we're placing on our sacred soils, and into the technology running our equipment. Its no different than the intelligence behind the strides made into the medical field, or gizmos we all get the luxery of using today. So, if you want to tell people HOW they should eat....check out this awesome site: Choose2Choose

There's a reason why our goverment doesn't make us all buy Louis Vuitton shoes. Its not that Targets are disease machines on our toes, but because they're more reasonable for the general public. Just because one product is more $$$ than the other, doesn't autimatically make it better. I think our food choices should be the same exact way.

I LOVE to eat our soybeans out of the field. I wouldn't do it if I had a concern, trust me. I eat the corn when I'm doing moisture checks...maybe more on that scientific farm girl this fall.

Okay...now I'm onto my newest venture. My garden. Here's my model with some of the packets....see....PURPLE CARROTS!

And this variety, it didn't matter what the color or vegetable....its Atkinson Tomatos! I'm hoping its my good luck charm from my late Grandpa Donald Lewis Atkinson:) Tessa, "Mommy, take my pictures with the flowers." So I did. The dirt in the flats with my high-tech variety labels.....get ready for it....paper laminated with my packaging tape. So as in Nathan's infamous comment Sunday, "You know you have to weed it, right?" Ugh.

Please remember to thank a farmer. Please remember we ALL deserve the Right to Choose.... Choose2Choose what we put in our mouth.

Sweet Corn Time!

Monday, April 11, 2011

We planted our sweet corn crop on Sunday, April 10th. It was a HOT 86 degrees....and now another crazy cool down. Nathan always plants to sweet corn first, just to make sure we don't mix in field corn seed. The planter sunbathing.....
In 85 days our sweet corn will be ready to eat!
Nathan and Clay starting off....we ended up planting 36 rows.
Here Nathan and Clay are checking the population.
Checking the spacing and depth of the seeds....
Everyone digging in the dirt.
Clay found his seed....
Yummy, yummy! Can't wait for July to roll around:)

Demon Dash...tastic - 2011

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Demon Dash was held today! I'm proud to say I crossed the finish line with Madison and RyLee for the 1 mile leg at 10 minutes, 10 seconds. And we had a cheering crowd....Nathan, Clay and Tessa watched and clapped us thru the finish line. Tessa getting into her stroller....stylin'. Nathan was on Clay and Tessa duty, since Clay opted out of running the race. The Fishback Cousin's. Or atleast the ones still in WCSD...we missed Caitlin :( But she's off to college, so its all good! Left to Right...RyLee, Steph, Kyle, Clay and Madison.
Ahhhhh....and the big trio of 50's hotness. Our homemade outfits that took first in the family costume contest! Complete with cat eyes and our initials on our skirts. Our 2011 Theme...Rockin' Washington.
We had a great time, and at lunch both Madison and RyLee said they couldn't wait to do it again next year!

Careers on Wheels...Thank You's...

Friday, April 8, 2011

So in the

way our world is turning.....email, facebook, texting, on and on and on....you do forget how a handwritten card makes you feel. Especially the hand made ones.:) This week Madison and RyLee brought home tons, and TONS of thank you cards from the Stewart Elementary Kindergarten thru Third Graders. And they were VERY sweet. But I MUST share my fav.....this kid gets 5-stars for making me laugh.

Thank You Fishback's for teaching us about tractors. I didn't know there are computers in tractors. When I was little I thought farmers didn't have electricity at all.

Love, K

....a First Grader.

Its always nice to educate! You may help clear even the most basic questions on how you live. Ha!

Spring is here!

Friday, April 1, 2011

The snow has metled and the ground is trying to dry out. The kids and Nathan have had their dirt bikes and the four-wheeler out. We're planning on the first race this weekend, as long as there is no rain! And lets hope no rain, or else there will be a little guy VERY unhappy! Here's the girls watching Nathan and Clay practice on the track. A collage I did of Clay riding....

And Tessa hanging out on the four-wheeler. It must have been a safe place for her!