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Diana Prichard

Photographer. Journalist. Filmmaker. Farmer.
http://dianaprichard.com
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With all the rain we've been getting the Michigan strawberry season was not off to a great start. The berries were plentiful, but very poor quality. I didn't have high hopes of scoring any good ones today, but was pleasantly surprised. The canning season begins! #foodporn #strawberries #eatlocal #canning #summer
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heymrlady : I'll bring the paint. You bring that.
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dianaprichard : @heymrlady You got yourself a deal!
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The title of my memoir on my childhood will be titled, "A Series of Unfortunate Haircuts." #tbt
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I tease The Man about spoiling our oldest dog, a 13-year old Rottweiler cross mutt, a lot. If he's home she gets anything she wants, and she knows it. "She's getting old," he says, and he's right. He also always tells me that his soft spot for her is because she's his first dog. "You've always had dogs," he says, "you'd be sentimental too if you'd never had one before." This week my Mom gave me a stack of pictures from my childhood and it's filled with snapshot after snapshot of me with one dog or another from infancy on. I guess The Man is right about that, too. This Dachshund was my Poopsie's dog, and both of them had a soft spot for me. The first time my Mom brought me over after coming home from the hospital, Fred burrowed into my car seat next to me and stole my pacifier for himself. He used to howl along to the evening news' opening music until he hit his head in an accident. He never "sang" again, but he lived a good number more years and eventually died of old age. Dogs do that, so I'll still rib The Man about spoiling his first dog in her old age, but I get it. I'm sentimental about old Freddy, too.
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A few years ago I met a woman with a facial disfigurement. It was not catastrophic, but it also wasn't entirely minor. The first time I talked to her I spent most of the conversation trying to strike a balance between not looking directly at that part of her face and not not-looking at it. I didn't know it that day, but would quickly learn that on the inside she was, genuinely, one of the most beautiful people I have ever met. As I got to know her I saw the disfigurement less and less until one day, months later, I realized I didn't see it at all anymore. In fact, even if I tried really hard I could only faintly make out where It was. Her face was just her face, and it reflected her personality--beauty. I'm not naturally that person inside, but she inspired me to try it a little bit each day. These flowers are on the Rodger's Plant in my front yard. Not traditionally beautiful, but I love it.
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"All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others." - George Orwell #farm365 #farmlife #pigs #pigsofinstagram #livestock #blackandwhite #bw #picoftheday #photooftheday #agriculture #threepercent #threepercenter
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"Most of us are creatures so comforted by habit, it can take something on the order of religion to invoke new, more conscious behaviors--however glad we may be afterward that we went to the trouble." -Barbara Kingsolver
heynanabread : I love that you care so deeply for your animals. It shows.
dianaprichard : You're too kind, @heynanabread Thanks for following along.
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In his newest book, "Pig Tales: An Omnivore's Search for Sustainable Meat," Barry Estabrook says, "In industrial agriculture, a sow is nothing more than a piglet machine." Miriam-Webster says a machine is someone who, "does something efficiently, quickly, or repeatedly." And if that is what Estabrook means then I wholly concur; I can't think of a better compliment to pay a sow. So this morning when I checked in on the maternity ward I was sure to add, "You're a machine. Look at those beautiful babies," to my usual, "good mamas," and "that's my girls!" The truth of course is more sinister. Estabrook was using, "machine," to imply that sows lack for care. And to that I say: only someone who does not work day in and day out with actual machines would think a machine is something you stick in a corner and never think about again, unless you want something from it. The Man spends 70 hours a week organizing and overseeing the care and maintenance of machines. People who depend on machines take pride in and care of them -- living or not. I'll talk about the biology of pig reproduction and the decidedly worse-off way in which wild pigs do it another day. Right now, I have machines to feed and water. Estabrook, meanwhile has words to string together about topics he doesn't understand. #farm365 #farmlife #realpigfarming #pork #piglets #pigsofinstagram #picoftheday #photooftheday
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heynanabread : Well said, Diana. #standingO
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Sunshowers are a religious experience; the entirety of life -- chaos and love and destruction and light and everything, everything -- wrapped up in one divine moment. Sunshowers make me happy.
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Two agricultural concepts kids begin to understand and learn to manage in 4-H are Rate of Gain -- how many pounds an animal has gained or can be expected to gain per day -- and Feed Conversion Ratio -- how many pounds of feed an animal consumes per pound of gain. Over the course of their project they begin to understand other concepts as a function of these, too. Such as how nutrient density of different feeds affects growth and gain rates, and how environment does the same. Between January 10 and April 11 this steer had a 3.7 lb rate of gain. In early May he was turned out on grass and his grain ration was reduced. He was weighed again yesterday, and is now showing a 2.2 lb rate of gain. To meet his goal weight for fair in 47 days The Small Human who is responsible for him will adjust his ration so he's gaining 2.7-3.0 lbs per day. She'll use his feed conversion history and industry information to figure out the best way to accomplish this. Ag kids don't have to wonder if their math classes are ever going to pay off. #farm365 #farmlife #4H #cattle #shorthorn
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vetpracticevahs : Great picture! Is it common to implant 4-H calves down there?
dianaprichard : Everything in 4-H here seems to depend a lot on the county. You'd probably find counties where they're all implanted and counties where none of them are. It's common where we're at, and there are no rules against it, but we didn't implant them this year at all. (I kept forgetting to order the pellets, not because we're opposed to it.)
gulpha : Lovely photo
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I think a lot of people overestimate how much livestock want to be out, "free ranging" around. Years ago, when we first started our farm, I certainly did. Livestock are not unlike humans in this regard. Mostly, what they want is to be safe, comfortable and well-fed. Wild animals roam vast expanses not for the joy, but out of necessity. They're on the run from predators, in search of food and water, and constantly looking for someplace safe to sleep. Comparing domestic animals to wild animals is like comparing modern humans to cave people. Sure, there are some societal ills that have come along with our modern lifestyles, and we need to address those, but very few people would argue that we should all give up electricity, running water, modern medicine, heat, air conditioning, and the like. These gestating sows spent a couple hours this morning nosing around in the dirt, but they are -- without fail -- back inside their barn by midday, napping. They know there is safety in the barn, it's cool and comfortable and familiar, and they're not worried about eating as much as they can, because they know their next meal will be there, without fail, come dinner time. #farm365 #farmlife #pigsofinstagram #pigs #pork #realpigfarming
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carin97 : Completely agree! More people need to know these things
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