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Read about Tim Hesselbrock in our January diaries.

Our county diaries are a huge hit!

Published Mar. 18, 2011

Thanks to all of the diarists who have participated in our monthly diaries! Make sure to go back to November to view all the diaries that have been posted. Thanks to the following participants: Rita Beiser, Gail Lierer, Karen Hiltbrand, Nancy Powell, Rosemary Beeler, Cathy Minges, Toni Schwab, Sarah Summe, Tim Hesselbrock, Mary Dengler, Eggy Casey, Kellie Warner, Cathy Jacob, Kathy Hiltbrand and J...

Diary of Catherine Jacob - Crosswind Farm

Diary of Catherine Jacob - Crosswind Farm- Week 2

Published Mar. 14, 2011

The afternoon routine at Crosswind Farm usually starts about 4:30- 5:00.† Jericho assists us† daily after he is out of high school and finished with his FFA meetings. The stalls for the yearlings, Ace, the two boys as well as Honey need to be picked out, fresh straw spread around, and hay placed in the back corner of each stall. The water buckets get cleaned and filled with fresh water. Grain is p...

Scholarship deadline is fast approaching!

Published Mar. 14, 2011

Butler County Farm Bureau will award five $500 scholarships in 2011. The deadline for the applications is close of business on Thursday, March 31. Applications can be downloaded or you can contact the Farm Bureau office at 513-844-8371. Don't delay, this is a great member benefit....

Dave & Kathy Hiltbrand and family

Diary of Kathy Hiltbrand- Week 2 - March 7-13

Published Mar. 14, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011 Up late working on my blog. Checked penned cow #8140 and maternity pen. Itís very frustrating when I make an effort to get out of bed and check the cattle and then nothing is going on.† I guess because the next time Iíll say to my self, ďOh theyíll be fineĒ, then when I donít go out and check them one of the cows ends up having trouble.†† Itís happened more then once to me.† ...

Joyce Brown - Brown's Family Farm Market

Diary of Joyce Brown - Brown's Family Farm Market -Week 2- March 7-13

Published Mar. 14, 2011

Monday, March 7, 2011 The goats beat me out of the door today! There they were standing outside the pen when I walked down to the barn this morning. They worked a board loose at the bottom of the fence and slipped out. Lucky for me they are so tame that they just followed me right back into the barn. After I fixed the pen, I spent the morning in the greenhouses planting Lillys. There is to be a we...

John & Catherine Jacob - Crosswind Farm

Diary of Catherine Jacob - Crosswind Farm

Published Mar. 11, 2011

March 1, 2011 Welcome to Crosswind Farm. We are going to take a unique trip through the process of a mare foaling. Maybe before we start you should know the lay of the land. There are three barns that have different names and functions. The broodmare barn is the old dairy barn that in the early 80s Jay transformed the milking stanchions into 7 concrete block stalls for his mares. The hay and straw...

John & Catherine Jacob - Crosswind Farm

Meet a Farmer - Catherine & John Jacob, Crosswind Farm

Published Mar. 11, 2011

Crosswind Farm is a former dairy and grain farm in Okeana, Ohio with its origin in 1840. In 1974 John (Jay) bought 40+ acres of land west of Okeana and two miles east of the Indiana border. As the years progressed we have added land to total 76 acres. Many years of neglect created need for a lot of clearing brush and scrub trees before Jay was able to have ample pasture for his Thoroughbred broodm...

Diary of Kathy Hiltbrand

Diary of Kathy Hiltbrand- Week 1

Published Mar. 7, 2011

March 1, 2011†† ††† † Wow! The sun actually came up.† Itís still cold but not absolutely unbearable.† Checked on calving cows that are penned up; no action as of now, none are in labor.†† We have 40 cows to calve and six on the ground so far.† I fed young bull and the 4-H projects.† I headed back into the house to put a load of laundry in and take my girls to school.† If there is any drawback to h...

Joyce Brown - Brown's Family Farm Market

Diary of Joyce Brown - Brown's Family Farm Market -Week 1

Published Mar. 7, 2011

March 1, 2011 Here we are back in the greenhouse starting a new season. I love the seasons. It is a New Year, new weather, and new crops. The weather has been pretty much what you expect for Jan. and Feb. The cold, snow, ice, and wind all play a role in growing our plants even in the greenhouse. I can control most of those factors with fans and furnaces, and keep it cozy in there. I have been star...

Dave & Kathy Hiltbrand and family

Meet a Farmer - Kathy & Dave Hiltbrand and family

Published Mar. 1, 2011

Hello, we are the Hiltbrands.† My name is Kathy and my husband Dave and our three children; Karen Anne, Katie Marie, and Justin live and operate our family farm in Seven Mile, Ohio.†† Our farm runs along Seven Mile Creek.† It sits almost a half-mile off of the road making it the ideal place to raise our children.† We farm full-time along with running a trucking business.† Our farming practices con...

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