Stories by Deb Bigelow

Are you prepared for an emergency?

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Be prepared, “before” an emergency happens.

Perseverance to correct erosion problems

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Even the most die-hard winter fan must be hoping that spring is right around the corner. I don’t fall into the category of liking winter; I simply endure it. Most days I find myself needing an attitude of perseverance to get through this time of year. I like this quote about perseverance: “Don’t be discouraged. […]

Are farm tours on your calendar? They should be

Thursday, October 31, 2013

By Deb Bigelow What do tourism, agriculture, fall foliage, history and conservation have in common? In Coshocton County it would be our Fall Foliage and Farm Tour, held annually the third weekend of October. This tour highlights farms, agribusinesses, historical sites and the beautiful landscape of our area with vibrant fall colors. Our tour is […]

Keeping soil healthy and productive

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Have you ever heard the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same?” From my research, Alphonse Karr is credited for this statement but how many times have each of us repeated this? It doesn’t seem to matter what industry you are a part of; someone is always coming up with a […]

Keeping a thankful attitude is needed when dealing with challenged times

Friday, November 30, 2012

“I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.” These words by Charles Swindoll are a good reminder during this busy holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas. This growing season has been a challenge for the agricultural community, but farmers’ thankfulness for what they did produce […]

Teaching conservation for our future

Thursday, October 4, 2012

What happens when you pull a $20 bill out of your pocket and tell a classroom of 4th graders you will give them the money if they can tell you something they ate for breakfast that did not come from the soil? Of course everyone raises their hand because they think they can take the […]

Conservation starts in your backyard

Thursday, April 12, 2012

COSHOCTON, Ohio — Do you ever remember mowing your lawn in March? Due to the warm weather this year many of us did just that. I don’t remember starting this early and I have spent many hours of my life on a lawnmower. Before moving to Coshocton, I mowed several acres of yard that took […]

The Dirt on Conservation: Challenges of the wet harvest season

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Do you ever get in a rut? I don’t mean like in your field or yard. The “rut” I’m talking about Webster describes as “a usual or fixed practice, a monotonous routine.”

The Dirt On Conservation: A bicentennial tribute to agriculture

Thursday, September 8, 2011

This summer, the Coshocton Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with the Pomerene Center for the Arts and the farming community for a special project this summer. This project was done in honor of Coshocton’s bicentennial and agriculture’s prominent and enduring place in our county history.

Working together to protect soil and water resources in all of Ohio

Thursday, June 9, 2011

We get to meet a lot of interesting and dedicated people at the local soil and water office. I answered the telephone recently and was asked, “My neighbor said some government program would pay me to build fence to keep cattle out of the creek. Do you know anything about that?” Choosing programs I explained […]

We need to protect our streams

Thursday, December 16, 2010

I remember as a kid the best part of our family reunion was catching “crawdads” with my cousins in the creek. I didn’t know it at the time, but crayfish were an indicator of the quality of water in that small creek. I was more worried about whether I was going to get pinched or […]

Soil and dirt are different things

Thursday, September 16, 2010

I did not come up with the name for this column; The Dirt on Conservation. I don’t know about you but I do NOT conserve dirt at my house. Actually, I resent the time I spend cleaning to get rid of it! There are many other things I would rather be doing like working in […]

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About Deb

Deb Bigelow was raised on a grain farm in Morrow County. She moved to the position of district administrator for the Coshocton SWCD in 2008 and has been working for the Knox SWCD as education coordinator since 1989.