Month: May 2018


Feed Dresses

Once a month, a big truck arrived at the farm in Grundy County, Iowa, where writer Lawn Griffiths was growing up in the 1960s. It was from Big Gain Feeds from West Union. In his book, Batting Rocks Over the Barn: An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey, Griffiths tells how important the specialized livestock feeds were for the hogs, cattle, and chickens on the fa . . .


Poultry Passion

Robert Richard Griffiths arrived in America from Wales in 1884 at the age of ten. His family found employment in coal mining, and eventually, in farming in Central Iowa. He would marry, begin a dairy farm in Des Moines, and have three sons. Each would eventually own their own farms—five altogether. The oldest, Anthony, settled south of the capital city on a farm in Warren County. There he mi . . .


Summers Gone

Fierce Iowa winters were inevitable, and writer Lawn Griffiths always had a visceral dread as August lapsed into September and autumn. The writer of Batting Rocks over the Barn—An Iowa Farm Boy’s Odyssey tells what he felt when the first cold breezes came out of the north to portend fall and its successor, winter.

He wanted it to be an endless s . . .