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When Pigs Fly

This was my first time to attend the annual When Pigs Fly event at the McPherson Airport. It was fantastic! The day was packed with activities for every age. Of course, the BBQ contest caught my attention right off. Even at 8 am, the place smelled amazing, making it difficult to wait for lunchtime. Rides from horses to helicopters were available too.

When we were approached by the committee to bring the Grammy’s Barrel Train and Build-N-Blast, we excited. The event is a fundraiser for scholarships in the field of agriculture, so being the agriculture education nerds that we all are, we loved the idea. Thanks to all the other volunteers and patrons, the day a success!

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First Day!

It was a beautiful day at Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch! Thank you to everyone who came out for the “pick of the patch”. Here are just a few…


We loved having Sundance Farm bring out their ponies again. Rye and Andy are so sweet! Scotty was out pulling his wagon in style too!


Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2012, McPherson, KS
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Posted by on September 30, 2012 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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Mini Pumpkin Patch

I visited the patch today for the first time since the cows visited it yesterday. Man, I am so disappointed. This was a patch where we planted our giants and minis. Before the cows frolicked in it, it was our best looking patch as we had babied it along during the tough conditions this summer. Some plants survived and are looking great. I guess I need to concentrate on them!

The first plant was a Dill’s Atlantic Giant that the cows topped off. These are supposed to be grass-fed cattle, not pumpkin-fed! The second picture is some of the “carnage”. Number three are some survivors, and the last picture is of a Jack-Be-Little that Flicka, the cow, picked. Sigh!

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Posted by on August 7, 2012 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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Johnstown Giant

If you are on our mailing list, or if you live in the Johnstown area, you are aware of the 2nd annual Johnstown Giant Pumpkin contest.  Last year we hosted the event for the first time. We invited neighbors from the Johnstown area to try their hand at growing a giant pumpkin. On the evening of the contest, we weighed and measured all the entries. There were prizes for everyone (thanks to Kola Johnson). My favorite part came over supper when stories were shared of relatives and friends “back in the day” Johnstown.  Leland brought his guitar and closed out our night with some singing. What a great time to enjoy neighbors and reflect on my heritage and the work, tears, and yes, laughter that went into building up a homestead and small country community.

Well, as a sneak peek, here is our plant that is growing this year’s Johnstown Giant. I admit with this year’s season, our giant could have been planted earlier, but we are still holding out hope for a GREAT BIG entry!

This year’s Johnstown Giant hopeful!









Grammy’s Pumpkin Patch 2012, McPherson, KS
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Posted by on July 24, 2012 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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Pumpkin Planting

How did it get to be June again??? June, of course, to pumpkin farmers means planting time. We planted three different patches this year.  The method to our madness is to better manage watering, weeding, and bugs. I hope our experimenting pays off. Our fields are separated into conventionally-tilled, strip-tilled, and no-till patches.

We used a cover crop of radishes (with some volunteer triticale)  this year for our no-till and strip-till patches. The idea with no-till farming is conservation of the soil and its nutrients, bug and weed control. We chose radishes as a cover crop because they have been somewhat effective in squash bug control. Our timing in planting the radishes was a bit of an experiment as well. Normally, they would have been planted in September and died off already, but pumpkins are still in the field in September, so our cover crop was planted late.  It had not died off when we planted the pumpkins. Half of the main patch is planted no-till and half of it is planted as a strip-till patch. I am a believer in no-till farming, but I have to admit that it makes me nervous not to see a freshly plowed and tilled field with neat furrows!

We planted another patch with mainly minis, giants, and gourds. This is our school and train patch. We did plant this patch with conventional tilling. We plan to use weed block and irrigation in this patch as it is smaller.

Around the house, we have experimented with some straw bale planting as well. The popcorn is also planted. We are looking forward to some great popped corn on the cob!

So with almost everything planted, we now have to pray that our experimenting will pay off and that the rains will come! This waiting part is not my specialty, but it is always a great reminder to me that God is the ultimate gardener, and He will provide all our needs.


Posted by on June 14, 2012 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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In the Class and On the Farm

We are proud to have successfully completed a pilot Agriculture Education program called “In the Class and On the Farm”!  This year Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Cooke’s 2nd grade classes from Washington Elementary in McPherson, KS participated.  Agreeing with the need for Ag Education in our youth, Farm Bureau of McPherson, Krehbiel’s Specialty Meats, 1st Bank of Kansas, and PrairieLand Partners John Deere provided scholarships for this year’s classes.  The program included an “in class” lesson provided by Grammy’s teachers and a day “on the farm”.  All the lessons aligned with the state standards and focused on what Agriculture is and how it affects our everyday, along with lessons in the core content areas!

For myself, as one of the teachers at Grammy’s, I can say the program was  challenging to plan and setup, but incredibly fun!!!  Here are a few pictures.  I wish I could share all of them!  The 2nd graders were eager learners – it was certainly a joy to teach them!


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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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Group Information

Grammy’s offers a variety of packages for groups.  Choose the activities that are right for your group — barrel train ride, story time, music and movement time, nature walk, autumn craft, pumpkin play activities, mini milo maze, etc.  Grammy and her staff are certified educators with expertise in early and elementary education.  They are experienced in leading classes in lessons in math, literature, writing, or science.  Each experience will be tailored to your group.  Group events are available on weekends or during the week by appointment only.  Contact Grammy to schedule your event –


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Posted by on September 10, 2010 in Grammy's Pumpkin Patch


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