I’m looking out my cabin window on this dark, foggy morning. Through the haze and drizzle I am able to make out the shapes of three spruce trees growing along the trail that leads to the pond. The trees are tall, maybe 60 feet, two tall ones and one a little shorter.
I planted these trees in 1966 when they were just seedlings, only six inches tall. I named the trees after our three children, who were four, three and two at the time. So there is a Steve tree, a Jeff tree, and a Susie tree.
Ruth and I have watched these three trees grow, as we watched our children grow. We smiled when the kids were little and they ran out to see how their trees were doing. They still look at the trees, which once were so much shorter than they were and now are many times taller.
These tall spruce trees have become a part of our family. And they surely are embedded in the history of our farm.
THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Plant a tree and name it after each of your kids or grandkids. And watch the trees and the kids grow and develop.
January 12, Noon, Wisconsin Certified Crops Advisory Board, Coliseum, Madison.
January 15, 6:45 p.m. Wisconsin Grazing Conference, Wisconsin Dells. Stories from the land.
January 25, 6:30 p.m. Mt. Horeb Library—History of Cheese making in Wisconsin.
February 2 and 3, Great Wisconsin Farm Expo 11:00 a.m. (Farm Memories). and 1:00 p.m. (History of Wis. Agriculture). Central Wisconsin Convention and Expo Center, 10101 Market Street, Rothschild, WI.
February 13-14. Garden Expo. Alliant Center, Madison. February 13, 2:15:Wild Flowers, Butterflies, and Other Stories From the Land. February 14, 1:00 p.m. Film: The Land With Jerry Apps plus discussion.
February 23, 7:00 p.m. Phillips Center for the Arts, 109 Locust Street, Hudson, WI. Part of Wisconsin Historical Society Tour program. Stories From the Land.
Purchase Jerry’s DVDS and his Books from the Patterson Memorial Library in Wild Rose, Wisconsin (a fundraiser for them):
The library now has available signed copies of Jerry’s DVDs, Emmy Winner, A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps and Jerry Apps a Farm Story.
Also available are several of Jerry’s signed books including The Quiet Season (on which the DVD A Farm Winter is based), as well as Rural Wit and Wisdom and Old Farm, (which are related to the DVD Jerry Apps a Farm Story).Also available is Jerry’s new novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County as well as Whispers and Shadows and his newest nonfiction book, Wisconsin Agriculture: A History.
Contact the library for prices and special package deals.
Patterson Memorial Library
500 Division Street