I begin this November day the same as I begin every day now here on the farm. From my bed, I rise with the sun and walk toward the dormer window that sits high above my bedroom floor. I clutch the sill to steady myself as I step on a footstool to get this morning’s weather report. Today, I see snow blanketing our farm. My mind drifts back to that November morning years ago when I learned of the power of a single snowflake.
If you traveled rural Wisconsin during the 20th Century, you were greeted at nearly every farm by a tube-like structure sticking 20 to 80 feet into the sky. Many farms had more than one of these tubes, made of poured concrete, concrete staves, or blue-painted steel, the older ones of brick or wood. All served the same purpose – to ferment and store feed (usually corn or hay) for livestock. These are called silos.
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