Wind Past and Present

I’m a big believer in being kind to Earth—renewing, repurposing, and recycling whenever possible. So, it’s not surprising that I love the sight of wind farms.

When I think of “farming,” I think of planting seeds, cultivating their growth, waiting, waiting some more, harvesting the crop, and trucking it to the elevators.

That was the farming of my youth.

Wind farming eliminates many of the steps. There is no planting because the wind is already there. It’s capturing and harvesting that wind. I suppose, it’s more like wrangling wild mustangs. Perhaps we should dub them wind round-ups, rather than wind farms.

This wind farm is along I-70, west of Salina, Kansas.

Of course the idea of using wind isn’t a new idea. People have been using windmills to capture the wind and do work for centuries. During the early 1900s, every farm in the Midwest had a windmill or two that pumped water from deep aquifers to the surface. Without the windmill, farm animals and people would have perished. Sadly, most of the old windmills have been abandoned and fallen into disrepair.

But sometimes, the past and present come together to work side-by-side.

This one is harder to see. But if you look at the base of the large wind turbine on the left, you’ll see a much older windmill pumping water for the cattle.

The typical wind farm covers hundreds of acres. In Iowa along I-35, you’ll see a large number of wind turbines, which is certainly a wind farm.

Not everyone has the land to have any kind of farm. That’s me. So, I have a potted tomato plant and herbs sitting on my patio.

Along I-35 in Iowa, you can see the wind turbine version of my patio tomato.

 

A single wind turbine provides electricity for a family business.

 

Do you have wind farms near you?

 

 

 

 

 

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