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Child of the Corn

August 16, 2013

Actually more child of the homestead.  When I receive a compliment on the blog about the photos, I always have to credit my daughter.  She takes most of the photos that appear here.  Except of course the ubiquitous cow pie photos or grass photos, then those can be credited to me and my quest for perfect cow manure consistency… .

Sugar Buns Sweet Corn

Sugar Buns Sweet Corn – click to biggify

The total immersion farm program here begets photos of corn pollination like this one above.  And where did this start?
Right here.

Three sisters 1996

Three sisters 1996

She is sitting on a pumpkin in a three sisters planting hunting for corn like a coon.  That we captured it is even better, since this was in the film days.

So this is the corn patch varmint?

So this is the corn patch varmint?

Lovely bee

Lovely bee at work

Besides the corn she is savvy about a lot of things.  The other night, she led Jane and held her tight while I fetched the bull from the herd.  We made our plan after milking, quickly discussed the pros and cons of doing this with fence on or off, and we set off working in tandem with a difficult task ahead.  With steady hands, and slightly calm nerves we completed the task in about 10 minutes, I couldn’t ask for a better co-worker.  Thanks kiddo!  You’re the best!

9 Comments leave one →
  1. Traci permalink
    August 16, 2013 1:03 pm

    That’s wonderful! My son helps in the garden too and I just love it. I’m so excited to get chickens soon… He’ll love helping with them as well. Children should learn and be part of family jobs. They feel like they’re part of the family that way!

  2. Chris permalink
    August 16, 2013 1:33 pm

    Can we see a photo of the grown up child of the corn? She does take lovely photos!

  3. Charlotte permalink
    August 16, 2013 2:59 pm

    The photo of the cat and the moon is still one of my absolute favorites -she’s a very talented young woman.

  4. August 16, 2013 4:41 pm

    You are lucky to have cooperative children, eager to learn.

  5. August 16, 2013 5:31 pm

    Isn’t it exciting to see these beautiful and talented young women that are coming off these homesteads. My own teenager surprises me every day in what she will tackle and never falter. Be it the Pacific Northwest in your case or the central Midwest in my own case these home grown, courageous, homesteading daughters are truly a phenomenal breed of women. My daughter can shoot a bow one minute and quilt a beautiful stitch the next. At home in the garden or the kitchen. I predict if they ever unite they will become a force to be reckoned with : )

  6. Bev permalink
    August 16, 2013 8:00 pm

    You both make quite a team, having help is the best. Especially when working with the bull. It is always a treat to read and see such beautiful pics. The highlight of summers past is of our children standing in the corn watching the bees working. Now our grandkids and their children enjoy doing the same. Our corn is almost ready. Sometimes dinner is just fresh corn. Yum. This past week iI feels like summer has speeded up. Preparing for winter is the goal.

  7. August 17, 2013 4:20 am

    How lovely that you have such a talented and willing helper there on the homestead! Your daughter takes absolutely wonderful photos. I agree with Chris above, I’d like to see a photo of the grown-up child of the corn!

  8. August 17, 2013 10:00 am

    How often are bees interested in corn pollen? Are they more interested in the very sweet varieties?

    • August 17, 2013 10:56 am

      ET, I didn’t grow any flint corn this year, but the bees seem equally interested in that as well, and it’s definitely not a sweet corn by any means, but the scent on both types is amazing. Never see the bumblebees on the corn, they prefer the ornamental sunflowers and squash.

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