is a list of announcements or other items added to this web site:
May 23, 2015
Helen has given her 1/8
scale Model M Farmall toy tractor to Practical Farmers of Iowa
to to sell
on EBay to raise funds for the PFI
land transfer project
and has posted the story of how
she obtained the tractor and some of what it has meant to her.
Helen has edited some
of the oral history remarks about women in agriculture from her
documentary project "The Road I Grew Up On" and posted
and long versions of the comments on this
She has also posted a video about women in agriculture on
includes a seven-minute segment with the voices and images of
the people from her road.
July 17, 2014
September 16, 2013
Helen has posted a
reflection on backyard spirituality that she gave at the
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ames for its Sunday morning
service on December 2. The 10-minute piece is posted in both
audio and PDF formats. Previously, the reflection had been
posted only on another site that Helen used to maintain.
December 12, 2012
- Helen has abridged and reposted the
chapter of her book
about the middle farms along the road where she grew up. They
are the farms where the Cornwell, Harrold, and Howard families
November 7, 2012
- Helen posted an
what she initially thought was a hawk that attacked one of her
five laying hens.
July 17, 2012
- Helen has been posting
photos of her garden and some food processing.
April 2, 2012
- Last October, Helen gave 60 acres of land northeast of her
hometown of Rolfe, Iowa, to the Iowa Natural Heritage
Foundation. Today, she was one of more than 30 landowners,
families and organization honored at the state capitol at the
Department of Natural Resources "Gift to Iowa's Future
Recognition Day." Click here
for more information and photos.
March 31, 2012
March 7, 2012
March 5, 2012
December 3, 2011
December 2, 2011
Helen has posted another
of her book about the road she grew up on. She wrote the piece
"Wrestling with a Heritage" in 1996. It explores a
love-hate perspective she has had regarding a range of issues in
her family and rural community, including that of what she
interpreted, rightly or wrongly, as male privilege.
November 28, 2011
November 20, 2011
February 13, 2010
Helen has posted a
video that she produced in 1991 for the Britt Draft Horse
Association in Britt, Iowa, and a
video that she produced in 2000, using home movies that the
superintendent of her hometown school in Rolfe, Iowa, filmed in
February 9, 2010
September 17, 2009
August 1, 2009
July 8, 2009
Helen posted a few more
YouTube videos of events in her hometown of Rolfe, Iowa: the
last services at the Rolfe Presbyterian Church in 1995, the 2000
Greater Rolfe Days Parade, and RAGBRAI (a bicycle event) goes
through Rolfe in 2007.
May 11, 2009
Helen recently produced some
YouTube videos related to
the Iowa Supreme Court's decision on April 3 regarding marriage
Also, she posted some photos of and a journal
entry about her garden. Eventually, she may post more quasi-blog
entries. Check the index or
this week's entry.
April 20, 2009
Helen recently produced an 18-minute video for
Practical Farmers of Iowa that profiles one of its members,
Angela Tedesco, who operates a
Community Supported Agriculture project near Granger, Iowa.
Helen has also encoded the 30-minute video she produced in 2001
for Audubon County Family Farms and has
posted it on-line. Both the video about Angela and ACFF can
currently be played via Windows Media Player or YouTube on this
site. Simply follow the links.
March 26, 2009
|The White House garden is a reminder of the Victory
Gardens that American families grew during World War
Two. In that era, victory meant defeat of Germany and
Japan. In this era, victory can mean finding successful
strategies to deal with the dire social, economic, and
environmental challenges that confront the nation and
world. Gardening and the use of locally-grown food have
many values–some that can be important in facing those
The taste is exceptional; the nutrition,
superb. There is more control over food safety,
less waste in packaging, lower consumption of
fossil fuels to transport the food, and benefits
to our state’s environment, economy, and
communities. The use of locally-grown foods can
also counter the trend of parts of America, even
our Midwestern rural areas, becoming like
colonies dependent on urban and corporate food
producers. It is scary to imagine a future era
when Iowa would have no farmers in the business
of raising quality food for those who live here.
January 24, 2009
April 6, 2007
October 22, 2006
August 31, 2005
July 30, 2005
July 27, 2005
We have slightly revamped the web site and added a
page about purchasing prints of
Helen's photography. Both the photography page and the
notecard page point
to the same images.
We have added a section of six
panoramic photos. Helen started
experimenting with panoramic work a year ago when she purchased a
Canon Digital Rebel camera and discovered that it came bundled with
software to stitch together a sequence of photos.
June 21, 2005
Finally, the prototype version of one of our web
site dreams is in place. It is an E-Postcard
feature that allows visitors to
select one of Helen's photographic images and send it as a cyber
postcard with message and all. Give it a try, and give us some
feedback if you would like. Thanks.
June 9, 2005
June 2, 2005
Helen will be one of the featured artists at Big Table
Books on Main Street in downtown Ames during the Artwalk sponsored
by the Octagon Art Center. The event will be from 5-9 pm on Friday,
June 3. There will be live music in Tom Evans
plaza, local artists displaying their works in 34 downtown
businesses, refreshments, and more! The event runs from 5 - 9 pm and
is something the whole family can enjoy!
After a hiatus this winter for many things, including
getting her computer upgraded, Helen is resuming work on the
postcard shown at the top of this page of Iowa barns. She has
decided to switch from using black and white photos to using color
images. We hope to have the postcard available for sale by the end
of June, if not before.
January 25, 2005
January 24, 2005
Iowa Governor Tom Vilsak has proclaimed 2005 as "The
Year of the Barn and Family Farm." Helen has designed the
postcard shown above and will be making it available within the next
several weeks. The postcard is 4 1/4 x 6 inches which meets the
Postal Service standards. The card is being printed at Heuss
Printing in Ames, and soon we we determine how to price the card.
Helen also has color photo notecards of six of the scenes. You can
see them in the
notecard gallery in
the section of photos of
January 13, 2005
November 16, 2004
We've added a new
image to the notecard
gallery. Helen took the photograph of a barn and silo in Hardin
County in central Iowa when she was on her way from Gilbert to Cedar
Falls yesterday. She went to see the Gilbert High School team win
the semi-final game of the state tournament at the UNI-Dome, but
instead of taking Interstate 35 and four-lane Highway 20, she
traveled the less direct county highways, looking for photo
November 2, 2004
Helen edits an unofficial web site for Gilbert, Iowa,
where she lives. The town of 987 people is just north of Ames. She
has written an election-day
essay that offers a grassroots, year around, attitude toward
divisiveness. Interested people can go to the Gilbert Gazette and
read the piece.
October 25, 2004
Today we took the CD with the file for calendars
of Helen's rural Iowa photographs
to the printers and should have copies within a few days to sell
directly or through Big Table Books in Ames.
We also have prepared a calendar of images from
watercolor paintings by
Helen's mother, Marion A. Gunderson, of Rolfe.
October 21, 2004
We are creating a 12-month
calendar of Helen's photographs
of rural Iowa that includes scenes of grain elevators, corn
cribs, barns, and field work. The calendar should be available
within about 10 days.
October 4, 2004
October 2, 2004
A 12-month photo
calendar of images of Gilbert, Iowa, and the surrounding rural
area. Hopefully, Helen will soon have at least one other
calendar ready for 2005. We'll keep you posted.
September 29, 2004
July 3, 2004
Helen has been taking photos of town and farm
scenes around Gilbert and is getting some enlarged as well as
made into notecards for sale locally when the town celebrates
July 30-31, 2004. So if you are in the area, stop at the
Daisychains and Laughs coffeebar to see some of the notecards,
and stop at the Consignment Gallery to see the enlargements.
Both places are on Main Street, just south of city hall.
Eventually, Helen will post these new images as well as others
such as an image of pink and red hollyhocks that she took
May 28, 2004
Helen has created a
about the tornado that hit rural areas south of her hometown of
Rolfe, Iowa, on May 21. The material is on the Rolfe Alumni Web
Site, a cyber project that she edits and publishes.
There are also some new garden
photos on this site.
May 19, 2004
May 15, 2004
Helen will be one of three artists at a reception
Big Table Books on Main Street in Ames, Iowa, on Friday,
June 4, from 5-9 pm. The event is part of the Ames Artwalk with
lots of artists at many downtown locations that evening. The
Artwalk is sponsored by the
Octagon Center for the Arts. Big Table Books carries several
of Helen's color photo notecards. For the Artwalk, Helen will
some of her new images for sale either as photo notecards or
We've posted 46 new images that Helen has added to
gallery. Some are ones she has taken in the past year. A
few, such as those from the Living History Farms, are ones that
she took many years ago. Interested persons can arrange to have
matted enlargements made of these images. We have also posted an
index to the new photos in
pdf format and an Excel (version 3)
And there is a spreadsheet
index to her entire
portfolio of over 250 images that can be used for color photo
notecards, enlargements, or other uses..
We've just put up a new feature. It's a
quasi-webcam of Helen's
container garden. During the course of the season, she will
photograph her garden and post some images.