Month: July 2017


Batting Rocks over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey

“This good, rich earth, this black soil—they can’t make any more of it,” writer Lawn Griffiths often heard his farmer father say. The family farm lay in Grundy County, Iowa, long touted as a kind of “ground zero” for the plane’s “grade A” soil. That scene served as the environment of Griffiths’s formative years.

The patch of the plane was homesteaded in 1855 by his foreb . . .