Clover on Settlage’s farm is not what you picture when envisioning a sweet cow moseying around a field munching on greens. The “independent leader,” as Settlage describes her, bosses pasture mates around. Clover has loveable traits, but she has led other cows astray — jumping around and going beyond where they are supposed to. Her hair is shaggy and she “hires” cows to nurse her babies. When they aren’t nursing to Clover’s standards, she lets them know.

Are Four-Leaf Clovers Lucky?

Four-leaf clovers are a symbol of good luck in Irish and Irish-American cultures. The four leaves are said to stand for faith, hope, love and luck. Children in the Middle Ages believed they could see fairies if they carried a four-leaf clover. Four-leaf clovers were also Celtic charms thought to provide magical protection and ward off bad luck.

One out of 10,000 clovers have four leaves, according to Scientific American. If you find one, you may find more in the same area. Four leaves is a genetic mutation, so there is a chance that mutation is in neighboring clovers too.

A man holding a clover at the Teague organic farm in North Carolina.

A lucky find at the Teagues’ organic family farm in North Carolina.

Of course, the more clover you have in your yard, the better your odds of finding one with four or even five leaves.

Whether or not you believe in the power of four-leaf clovers, setting down the phone, sitting in grass and searching for the elusive clover is a nice way to get outside and just be.

Both Settlage and Miller have idly looked for four- (and five-) leaf clovers, but not in an attempt to find a little luck.

“I consider myself blessed regardless if I find a four-leaf clover or not,” Miller said.

An antique typewriter fanatic and chicken mom who treasures time outdoors admiring all that nature has to offer, Jennifer McBride is Rootstock’s editor. She enjoys sharing stories of farmers, family, organics and the food system. McBride spent 15-plus years as a journalist and newspaper editor before finding her niche with the nation’s leading organic dairy cooperative. Contact her at

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