If ingenuity is the mother of invention, life on a farm commonly calls for rigging up a contraption or coming up with an unconventional solution to a problem or situation. In his book, Batting Rocks over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey, writer Lawn Griffiths shares ways his family went about farming in clever, unconventional ways in the 1950s and 1960s.
His father, who manag . . .