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About Diana Kauffman-Cockrell

Diana Kauffman-Cockrell was raised on an Idaho farm and now works in behavioral health in Washington state. She enjoys writing, outdoors, making jewelry, and selling her family’s Kauffman Farm Hearty Barley Soup when she can’t be home spending time with family. Love of the land and of her family’s legacy remains in her heart. Shari Hart is an Idaho photographer whose work can be found at

Farm Lessons

When I was a kid, my family’s farm near Filer in southern Idaho was a magical place, where anything could happen.

We had parts and pieces of things all over the place—we could make forts, dig for queen ants, play with electricity (hot wire and hose pipe tricks), skip rocks, climb haystacks—you get the idea. What I didn’t know until I left was that growing up on a farm and being part of the operation was the best gift I ever could have received. Continue reading

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