Hello! We live on a farm with our four kids... actually, at the corner of what was 4th and Main, in what used to be the Village of Exeter, an early 1800s lead mining and "hospitality” town that was once home to over 400 people. Now, it's just us and a small beef herd, three dogs, four cats, and two goats. Nonetheless, Jud was recently elected mayor by one vote over Katy in the last election (she is alleging faulty voting machines and wants a do-over). We also grow Alfalfa hay and buy, restore, and sell old houses. (Some would call that "flipping," but considering it takes us a year or two to turn it around, "flip" is too fast of a word.)
Katy is a labor and employment/civil rights lawyer who spent most of her career running her own firm, but is now an attorney for the state of Wisconsin.
Jud spent several years working as press secretary for Senators Feingold and Harkin, Vice President Al Gore, the Iowa and Wisconsin Democratic Parties, and a few "think" tanks. Recently he's been doing most of paragraph one as well as writing a column for the Progressive magazine. His work has appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek, LA Times... BIG STUFF, BIG STUFF!!!
We liked the name Crown Vetch because Jud used to work on his Grandpa's farm when he was growing up in Iowa and, along with strawberries, trefoil, corn and soy beans, his Grandpa grew crown vetch seed, which he sold to the Iowa Department of Transportation for roadside plantings. Jud's Grandpa Lounsbury was quite a story teller and had a tale about every plant, weed, and just about everything else imaginable. If he was around today, he'd tell you what he told Jud, that crown vetch is toxic to horses, but there's nothing better for cattle to eat, that it's great for erosion control, that its Latin name is Securigera, which means "armed with an axe." Where on earth did they they get an axe name from this flowering perennial legume that looks nothing like any part of axe? Well, the flower looks like a crown, but the fruit looks like an axe head... hence every plant is indeed "armed with an axe." Why would they have one word meaning armed with an axe? And off he'd go telling us about Latin, etymology and words themselves. Day in day out, that's how it went.
Chances are, when you're driving in the summertime in the mid-west, those giant patches of purple you still see along roadsides came from seeds grown long ago on Jud's Grandpa's farm.
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- Jud and Katy Lounsbury
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