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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 ...

Lake County Farm Bureau Ice Cream Social

Published Jun. 16, 2015

Join Lake County Farm Bureau on Monday, July 13th at Lake County Metropark, 6pm, for their Ice Cream Social/Picnic.  Please RSVP to the office at:  440-437-8700 or to:  [email protected]  See the invitation on this link for more details.     ...

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 ...

Lake County Farm Bureau Scholarship deadline is April 27, 2015

Published Apr. 23, 2015

Applicant must be a resident of Lake County and parents/guardian or themselves a Lake County Farm Bureau member for a minimum of one year. Applications must include 3 references, one of which must be a Farm Bureau member. Students must prove enrollment, or letter of admission to a two or four-year institution of higher learning. Students must be considered a full-time student, with a renewable awa...

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Farm Power from Past to Present May 9

Published Apr. 21, 2015

Lake County Farm Bureau will sponsor "Farm Power From Past To Present," Saturday, May 9, at Working Traditions Farm, 13133 Leroy Center Rd., Painesville, OH, 44077, from 11 am-4 pm.  Featuring Actual Plowing with 3 and 4 Abreast as compared to Tractor Plowing, Harness Demonstrations and other events.  RSVPs Required by Wednesday, May 6, to the Farm Bureau office at:  440-437-8700 or email to:  nef...

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 ...

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