A Fresh Start

Welcome! Come on in, have a seat, and make yourselves comfortable, because you’ve arrived at Whistling Thistle Farmstead’s new blog. It’s great to have you here! If you aren’t familiar with the farmstead yet, we’re a small produce operation in Shell Rock, Iowa, doing our part to contribute to healthier lands and healthier people. Feel free to browse the website to learn more about our location, our products, and the human beings behind it all. If we’ve met you already, it’s nice to see you again!

As for me, my name is Josh Klope, and I’m a freelance writer living in Waverly, Iowa. Wondering what it means for a writer to be “freelance?” Well, in a way, I’m still figuring that out myself!

Basically, a freelance writer is not employed by any one person or company; instead, they look for work in lots of places, and help lots of different people with their writing needs. This is a new career path I’m exploring, and Stephen and Nellie have welcomed me into their Whistling Thistle team so I can write this blog for them. They get some help, and I get some great writing experience. Isn’t it nice when things work out like that?

“But wait,” you might be saying. “Does that mean you don’t actually work on the farmstead?” You’d be right about that. Stephen and Nellie are the ones who bring all those delicious crops to the farmstead each year. That’s why they’re going to be deeply involved with every aspect of this blog. The topics, the farm updates, the cute animal pics—it’s all coming straight from them. My job is to turn all that into a chill, fun-to-read blog. You’ll feel more connected to the farmstead than ever before!

Every week, we’ll bring you fun facts about our crops, recipes you can use them in, thoughts on life and farming, or other tidbits we think you’ll enjoy. You can also expect weekly updates on how things are going on the farm.

And we’ll be real with you—farming life can be quite the roller coaster! Whether we’re having an awesome harvest, pushing through some rough weather, or just wondering where this crazy “life” thing is taking us, you’ll hear about it all right here.

You’ll see a new post every Monday and Thursday. But remember—we’re new to blogging, so we still have a lot to learn. You can help us with that! Want us to cover a certain topic? Have an idea for improving the blog? We’d love to hear from you. Just type a quick comment in the space below. We’ll read every comment, and take every suggestion seriously. Thanks again for stopping by. We hope you’ll join us for this new part of our journey. Have a great day, and we’ll see you on Thursday!