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Itís July and How is Your Garden Doing?, by Kathy Smith

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Itís July and how is your garden doing? Normally at this time of year most people are complaining about having to water their gardens, but the folks Iíve been talking to lately say theirs are under water. Have we even had a ďnormalĒ year recently? This annual ritual of planting a garden is proof that deep inside we are all farmers. We are trying to connect with our past when our survival depended ...

Ashtabula County Farm Bureau Ice Cream Social July 21

Published Jul. 2, 2014

Ashtabula County Farm Bureau is holding its annual Ice Cream Social July 21, 2014, at†6 p.m., at the Ashtabula County Antique Engine Club,†4026 U.S. Highway 322, Wayne, Ohio 44093.† Please†RSVP†to the Farm Bureau office at:† 800-410-4613 by July 14.† Mark your calendar and plan to join us!...

Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Project

Published Jun. 12, 2014

† Follow the link below to read more about the Ashtabula County Barn Quilt Project and if interested, how you can get involved. † http://www.starbeacon.com/neighborhood/x1396879035/Ashtabula-County-dedicated-quilters-preserving-the-history-of-our-barns...

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The Ashtabula County Farm Bureau Barn Quilt design.

Ashtabula County Farm Bureau Barn Quilt

Published Jun. 6, 2014

Lynn Frank, an Ashtabula County Farm Bureau board trustee, has been busy working with the Barn Quilts Ashtabula County project and has just shared the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau Barn Quilt.† There is an interesting story attached to our Barn Quilt and how it was decided where it would be permanently displayed.† When the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees were agreeing to participate ...

Favorite Summer Smells, by Kathy Smith

Published Jun. 4, 2014

There are lots of wonderful things about summer. After our extremely cold, never-ending winter, the warmer temperatures are number one for most of us. But there are also many special smells that are unique to summer. Here are some of my favorites. There is nothing that says summer like the smell of newly mowed hay.††It is such a special scent that there is just nothing like it. And the smell of m...

Bee Losses, by John Parker

Published Jun. 3, 2014

† ††††††††††† We donít particularly like them if they are buzzing around us when we are doing yard work or out in the field where they may be busy gathering pollen.† But those bees are essential to our food supply because they are major pollinators of food crops. The United States Department of Agriculture says that one mouthful in three of the food in our diets directly or indirectly benefits fro...

Famous Plant Scientist, Dr. Borlaug, by John Parker

Published May. 22, 2014

† ††††††††††† Since we are in the heart of the local planting season, it is appropriate to recognize a famous plant scientist, Dr. Norman Borlaug, whose plant research has saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people world-wide.† Dr. Borlaug, who died in 2009, was honored last March 25 at our nationís capital, for developed high yielding, disease resistant varieties of wheat that eventually ...

Why Not Try To Do Our Part To Increase Food Availability, by Kathy Smith

Published May. 7, 2014

A recent article in the ďNational GeographicĒ magazine says that we have to produce enough food for 9 billion people by 2050. The team of scientists led by Jonathan Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, has come up with a 5-step plan that includes freezing agricultureís footprint, growing more on existing farms, using resources more efficiently, shifti...

The Valley Classics

Published May. 7, 2014

Please use this link to view the article from Our Ohio Magazine about the Valley Chefs and Farm Bureau. http://ourohio.org/food/tips-and-trends/1138/cooking-up-collaboration...

What Has Happened to Common Sense, by Kathy Smith

Published Apr. 15, 2014

The extreme lack of common sense in everyday life has me ready to scream! Iím talking about the people who move to the country, build a beautiful house next to a farm and then have the nerve to try to tell the farmer what he can or cannot do. Did anyone bother to notice that the farmer was there first? And since it takes more than a few days to build a house, didnít anyone hear the grain dryers ru...

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