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Lots of Uses for the Skid Steer, by Kathy Smith

Published Sep. 3, 2015

One of the most important tools for today’s farmer is the skid steer.  Some farmers here in Ashtabula County have owned one for many years, but we purchased one just last fall.  On our small farm there wasn’t a way to justify the cost. Then my husband decided he had to have one.  Is it me or do “needs for the farm” seem to jump way ahead of fixing the bathroom or painting on the priority list? Wel...

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 ...

Geauga County Farm Bureau Ice Cream Social

Published Jun. 16, 2015

Join us on Thursday, June 25th, at Sirna's Farm & Market, 6:30pm.  Please RSVP to the office at:  440-437-8700 or [email protected] by June 22nd.  See the invitation on this link for further details....

Farm Bureau Farm Forum June 22

Published Jun. 10, 2015

The Farm Bureau Farm Forum sponsored by Ashtabula, Geauga and Portage County Farm Bureaus is Monday, June 22, 2015, at Cardinal Middle School, 16000 E High Street in Middlefield beginning at 7 pm.  Join us for this interactive evening of discussion and updates on the most recent agricultural issues with state representatives, Sarah LaTourette and John Patterson.  Reservations are appreciated, but ...

2015 Geauga County Farm Bureau Ice Cream Social

Published Jun. 2, 2015

The 2015 Ice Cream Social will be Thursday, June 25 at Sirna's Farm & Market, 19009 Ravenna Rd in Auburn Township, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 pm. This Farm Bureau Member event is sponsored by the Geauga County Farm Bureau Board of Trustees and the Geauga County Farm Bureau Young Agricultural Professionals. Please contact the Geauga County Farm Bureau office if you plan to attend at 440.437.8700 or...

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 ...

Geauga County Farm Bureau Scholarship deadline is April 27, 2015

Published Apr. 23, 2015

The applicant must be either an active Geauga County Farm Bureau member, or a family member whose parents/guardian is an active Geauga County Farm Bureau member. The applicants parents/guardians must have been a member of the Geauga County Farm Bureau for the past 3 years, as of application date. The applicant must be a full time enrollee of an accredited 2 or 4 year College, University, or Techni...

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...

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