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Being A City Farmer Is Not Always Easy, by Kathy Smith

Published Aug. 17, 2015

Do you know anyone who lives in the city and longs to be a farmer?  We have some relatives and friends who have farm backgrounds but are now urban dwellers.  Being a city farmer is not always easy.  They have an entirely different set of problems than we do.  We are so lucky to live here in Ashtabula County where nearly all of us can wake up one morning and decide to expand the garden, raise a pig...

Do Animals Have A Sense of Humor? by Kathy Smith

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Have you ever wondered if animals have a sense of humor? Well, I have because living on a farm in Ashtabula County for quite a few years has given me a chance to observe lots of animal behavior. And I’ve decided that something close to humor must be going on in their heads.  Brandy was our daughter’s first riding horse many years ago. Brandy would stand perfectly still to be saddled but after the ...

Making First Cutting Hay, by Kathy Smith

Published Jun. 16, 2015

Many farmers in Ashtabula County have started making first cutting hay.  Recent rains slowed the progress somewhat, but several farmers around us have mowed and baled.  The hay being made at this time of year is especially important because it is very high in nutrients. That means it is excellent feed for cows, horses or any other livestock that consume it. High quality hay is also very important ...

Ashtabula County Farm Bureau Ice Cream Social

Published Jun. 16, 2015

Join Ashtabula Farm Bureau on Monday July 20th, 6pm, at the Antique Engine Club in Wayne Twp. for their Ice Cream Social.  Please RSVP to the office at:  440-437-8700 or [email protected]  See this link for more details and speakers....

Do You Enjoy Cooking? by Kathy Smith

Published May. 19, 2015

Do you enjoy cooking? Some of us would immediately say, “Yes!” However, if you’ve served the leftover roast three different nights, can’t stand the thought of another egg dish, and have no idea fortonight’s supper, you might say, “No way!”  Cooking is so personal. It depends on many different factors---you and your family’s likes and dislikes in food, what you have available(like a garden or meat ...

Ashtabula County Farm Bureau Scholarship deadline is 4/27/2015

Published Apr. 23, 2015

Applicant must be a resident of Ashtabula County, and his/her parents/guardians must have been a member of the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau for the past 3 years, as of application date. Student must be a full-time enrollee of any field in a two or four year college or university, working toward an undergraduate degree. Applicant must show a 2.5 grade-point average for his/her most recent college s...

I Wonder If You Get Common Sense From Playing In A Creek, by Kathy Smith

Published Apr. 16, 2015

Kids today have a totally different view of “playing” than we adults have. Most of them are so smart it’s almost scary and yet they seem to lack common sense and responsibility. Their idea of playing is watching a movie on the i-Pod or smart phone and playing mine-craft onthe X-box. Only their fingers get any exercise.  When my Mom was growing up in the 1930s, she lived on a small farm here in Ash...

Workers' Compensation Safety Meeting March 31, 2015

Published Mar. 18, 2015

OSHA update, CPR Training & More! Date:  March 31, 2015 Location:  St. Mary's Hall, 103 1/2 N. Maple St. (St. Rt. 45) Orwell, OH  Time:  6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. Reservations required:  440-437-8700 or [email protected] One very important aspect of reducing Workers' Compensation premiums is to reduce the number of claim/accidents within this group-rating program.  This can be accomplished by e...

Do You Think It's Possible That Spring Will Actually Arrive? by Kathy Smith

Published Mar. 16, 2015

Do you think it’s possible that spring will actually arrive this year?  Did it get frozen along with all of us during our record setting cold February?   Spring 2015 is probably the most anticipated spring ever--- not only here in northeastern Ohio but all across our country. From the poor people around Boston with their 100 plus inches of snow and collapsing roofs to the citizens of our southern ...

Multi-County Farm Bureau Water Quality/Nutrient Management Meeting

Published Mar. 16, 2015

Please join our speaker, Tony Seegers, Director of State Policy, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, on Monday, March 30, 2015.  See attached for time and place and remember to RSVP by March 25th to the Orwell office, 440-437-8700....

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