Tina Hinchley

A little gruff

The break in the cold weather is wonderful for us, but it creates extra work. We have calf pens to pitch out. The bedding pack needs to be loaded into the spreader and hauled to the fields, and …

The purge

We have made it through the messiest part of the remodeling project. Our old house had smaller rooms that had just enough room for a couch, recliner and oversized chair. We plan to make two rooms …

Our old farmhouse

I really like living on the farm in our very old farmhouse. We believe it was originally built in 1906. My husband, Duane, grew up here.

The family vacation

We are getting close to Christmas, and I have yet to get an answer from my kids about what we can get for them. They are all on their own, with their own homes, and they say they don’t need …

Winter wonderland with worries

This weekend, I witnessed two children in their snow boots, snow pants, warm jackets and mittens making a snowman in our front yard. There was just a dusting of snow as they rolled the balls, …

Call it what it is: Food security bill

Name the item, the product or the government term for what it is so people understand. The perfect example is milk. Oh my, that isn’t so perfect. We have had the label washed out and debated. …

Facebook flashback

I use my phone for so many things that if I lose it for a moment, I panic.   I have prioritized this piece of technology to be my lifeline. It allows me to connect to people I know and work …

Welcome

October is full of many high-pressure days that are due to fall harvest, family and school farm tours, and World Dairy Expo. We have been harvesting corn silage and the fifth cutting of hay, and we …

When farmers talk, it makes a difference

It was just a week ago that Duane and I were rushing around finishing up chores, packing clothes and trying to remember if we forgot anything. We were headed to the Madison airport for the fall fly-in with other members of Wisconsin Farmers Union.

Summer fun for everyone

Summer school is in full swing in our area, giving parents an option to keep their children in a safe and fun place that the kids are familiar with.

Rock picking: A family adventure

When my father-in-law, Keith Hinchley, was alive, he would beep his horn at the end of the barn and tell me that the neighbors were already in the fields.

Safety first

Spring is here. Birds signal the change of weather for me. Robins are back searching for worms in the grass or on the driveway.

Driver’s licenses for all

Wisconsin is experiencing a labor crisis. It is no different than any other state.

I’m my own worst enemy

Columnist’s note: It is a special relationship that farmers have with their children. We live and work together side by side as they grow up. Often, we inspire them to follow in our footsteps, …

Safety sense

Tonight, I had a weird sense of fear, almost a panic feeling. It came over me when driving into Walmart. There was a customer coming from the store carrying what appeared to be a gun case. As I …

Animal talk

Having a variety of animals at our farm makes my days very exciting and cheerful.

Got work?

My first paid job that I had as a child was pulling weeds in my grandmother’s garden. She would be nearby pulling weeds too.

Egg-citing

A while back, I was gifted a used book that was written by a woman who was farming with her husband. They were both older and their children had grown and left their small farm.

Onward

How exciting it is to make New Year’s resolutions. This annual event rings in the new year to start off better, do more or less of something, and focus on personal improvement so I can live happier than the previous year.

Without a place to call home

When Duane and I returned to the farm from a meeting in Kansas City, we entered a winter wonderland.

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