Archive for October, 2013


Countryside Conservancy offers course for aspiring farmers

Thursday, February 28, 2013

PENINSULA, Ohio —  The Countryside Conservancy proudly announces the twelfth offering of Exploring the Small Farm Dream self assessment short-course to be held at Church of the Valley in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Peninsula, Ohio. Setting goals This four session course begins March 11 and will take participants through the process of setting personal […]

No Place like Home

Thursday, February 28, 2013

No Place Like Home A few weeks ago, Kenneth Vaughan stopped by my booth at the Hartville Market Place to say hello. During our conversation together about the weather and other things, we both agree that Ohio was still a great place to live. Kenneth said to me, “It does not matter where you go; […]

FSA Andy- Jefferson County history

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hello Again! The village of Mt. Pleasant, Ohio, in southern Jefferson County, is on the National Register of Historic Places and designated as a National Historic Landmark District of the Underground Railroad. It was a primary stop on the Underground Railroad. The first abolitionist newspaper in the U.S., the Philanthropist, was published there. It was […]

Maple syrup brings lessons needed

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Native Americans are credited with originating the making of maple syrup, which was then shared and passed down to the delight of anyone who has ever been a part of the process. Learning life skills A woman I work with told me that when her older brother was in elementary school, an annual tradition was […]

Health care is about care, not politics

Thursday, February 28, 2013

When you’re sick, nothing—not money, politics or even religion—matters more than getting well. And, yet, when you’re healthy, those items matter more in any health care policy debate than the goal of the policy being debated: healing you when you’re sick. This disconnect isn’t just personal, it’s national, regional and local and it continues to […]

Is mud costing your farm money?

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Winter always seems to create unique challenges with livestock. From keeping ice off the water troughs to providing feed with enough nutrients to maintain the animal’s needs, each year seems to be different. On the other hand, one thing that seems to occur every year is a time period dealing with mud. Late winter is […]

Don’t give bats a bad rap —they just need help and understanding

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Recently, a friend told me about a bat flying in their barn. It was late December and right before a cold spell. It landed and was hanging on a board in the rafters, and they wanted to know what to do about it. Well, she wanted to “help” it, and her husband wanted to kill, […]

A roundup of FFA news for the week of Feb. 28, 2013:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

JEROMESVILLE, Ohio — On Feb. 16, the Hillsdale FFA Food Science Team competed at the state food science competition at The Ohio State University’s Parker Food Science Building. In the food science career development event, students identify aromas, handle customer complaint letters, identify good manufacturing practice violations, conduct taste tests and take a test on […]

A roundup of 4-H news for the week of Feb. 28, 2013:

Thursday, February 28, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio — Creative Clovers 4-H club met Feb. 16. The club went over its Thanksgiving collection for the Haven of Rest in Akron, Ohio and the tour of the Haven of Rest. Members are to think of a community service project, a fundraiser, and a field trip.The new officers are: Reagan Kornbau, president; Taylor […]

It’s time to hang spring nest boxes, and here’s how

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Last week, a day after the morning low temperature plunged to nine degrees, the sky cleared and the thermometer rebounded to 45 degrees. That balmy afternoon, bluebirds, chickadees, titmice and Carolina wrens sang with spring-like enthusiasm. It reminded me to get my nest boxes ready because all four species use boxes within 100 yards of […]


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