Like a person, sometimes a farm just needs the chance to start over. At New Beginning Stable in Kent, Ohio, Jason and Charlene Curtis are wiping the slate clean and breathing life into a farm that was once a black cloud over its community.
There are few moments in life that compare to the feeling of sitting atop a bucking, spinning, kicking bull. There are even fewer moments that compare to the feeling of hearing that eight-second buzzer and knowing you finished the ride.
One night in May, Greg Courtney woke up to the sound of wind gusting around his house and rattling his windows. It billowed across his yard going at least 20 miles per hour, but Courtney wasn’t worried. In fact, it made him smile. When the wind blows, he makes money.
Phony lottery winnings and “discounted” name-brand luxuries have been long-time favorites of scam artists. Their too-good-to-be-true offers have emptied bank accounts and left victims helpless to do anything about it. But now, scammers are targeting a new group. Farmers — and anyone else who buys or sells agricultural goods — should be on the look out for suspicious offers.
In mid-May, the anticipation at Kretschmann Farm is unmistakable. Workers scurry from field to field, tractors wait impatiently for drivers and Don Kretschmann walks with an urgent step. It’s growing season and every minute counts.