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Focuses on Ohio’s agricultural heritage including the ways that farming has shaped our landscape, our culture and our economy.
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cation, and entertainment, the fair played an important role in the development of agriculture in Ohio. Governor James M. Cox, who served two terms, 1913-1915 and 1917-1921, was influential in the advancement of scientific farming. Cox grew up on a farm and hoped to encourage young people to stay on the farm instead of moving to the city. He increased state support for agricultural experiments and education, particularly in rural and village schools. During the Great Depression, Ohio farmers struggled to deal with severe droughts and erratic weather, in addition to the economic troubles prevalent throughout the country. The Agriculture Adjustment Act of 1933, passed during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, created programs that increased the price of farm goods by limiting the amount on the market. Farm income rose significantly as a result. Three years later, the act was declared unconstitutional. Other Depression-era programs were the Soil Conservation Act of 1936, through which Ohio farmers replaced soil-depleting crops with soil-enriching crops, and the Rural Electrification Act, which brought electric power to many farmers for the first time. Demand for farm goods skyrocketed during World War II, and production increased correspondingly. The labor shortage that resulted from farmers joining the military was in part eased by migrant workers from Mexico and the West Indies. Also, more than 8,000 German and Italian prisoners of war worked on farms and in food processing plants in Bowling Green, Celina, Defiance and other cities. Ohioans also planted Victory Gardens in their yards or communities to grow their own food so that farm produce could be sent overseas to feed soldiers and allies. After World War II, many Ohio farmers were able to invest in mechanized equipment, such as twine binders, self-propelled combines, corn pickers, and tractors, which greatly improved efficiency. The percentage of farms that had electric power increased through the 1940s, which also boosted productivity. In the late 1960s, soybeans were introduced in Ohio and quickly joined corn as one of the top crops grown in the state. The second half of the twentieth century witnessed a decline in the number of Ohioans involved in agriculture. Dropping prices and a rising cost of living pushed Ohioans into non-agricultural jobs in cities and subSee AGRICULTURE, page 5
Ohio’s state boundaries enclose 41,222 square miles. The southeast part of the state was not shaped by glaciers, and thus has more hills and generally poorer soil than unglaciated areas of Ohio. With a growing season of approximately 160 days and 3040 inches of rain annually, all crops common to the Temperate Zone can be grown and all types of livestock raised. Agriculture in what would later become the state of Ohio began with the Adena culture (1000 B.C.-A.D. 200). Archaeological evidence suggests that the Adena people grew pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, and maize (corn). They used tools made of stone, animal bones, and tortoise shells to clear and cultivate the land. Later American Indian cultures—the Hopewell and Ft. Ancient peoples—also grew maize, along with beans, squash, and tobacco. Maize was the most important crop. American Indian women planted kernels in small hills, then planted beans among the corn hills that climbed the corn stalks. Women were also responsible for pounding the maize into meal. American Indians of the historic period, which included the Wyandots, Shawnees, Delawares, Miamis, Mingoes, and Ottawas, used the same tools and grew many of the same crops as did the prehistoric Adena, Hopewell, and Ft. Ancient cultures. Those included maize, beans, squash, gourds, pumpkins, muskmelons, and watermelons. Especially important were sunflowers, which produced oil for cooking and cosmetic use, and tobacco, which men used in ceremonies and religious rites. After white settlers arrived in the Ohio country, the American Indians acquired iron tools, such as hoes and hatchets, and adopted some European farming methods. Most American Indian groups were removed from Ohio by 1825; the last group departed in 1842. Early European settlers who moved to the Northwest Territory or the new state of Ohio around the turn of the nineteenth century had to clear native ash, beech, maple, oak, black walnut, chestnut, and sycamore trees before they could plant their first crops. Clearing land for farming involved pulling up the smallest trees and roots, cutting down and burning medium-sized trees,
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girdling large trees, or cutting a groove in the tree trunks so that they would eventually die and fall over. Settlers used some of the logs to build their homes. Early Ohio farmers used tools and methods common to their former homes in other states or countries. Typical tools included a hoe and harrow for working the soil, an ox- or horse-drawn plow, and a scythe or cradle for cutting grain. Corn was the most important crop. In 1850, Ohio led the nation in agricultural production of corn, wool, horses, and sheep. Important factors in the growth of agriculture in the state were the canals, roads, and railroads that allowed for convenient transport of farm products to markets both east and west of Ohio. After 1850, Ohio lost ground to the prairie states, although agriculture remained a vital part of Ohio’s economy. Innovations in equipment brought changes to the practice of farming. The horse-drawn grain reaper invented by Cincinnatian Obed Hussey in the 1830s, and a similar one made by Cyrus McCormick, resulted in significant savings in time and energy, although theye were expensive, costing about $150 in 1840. Labor shortages during the Civil War helped speed the introduction of new devices, like the reaper, steam engine-powered threshing machines, sulky plows, and other types of equipment. Fruit culture was also important in nineteenth-century Ohio. One of the state’s most famous pioneers, John Chapman, is better known as Johnny Appleseed. Chapman planted apple trees around the state to sell to
settlers. The Rome Beauty apple developed from a single tree planted in Rome Township, Lawrence County in 1817. Cincinnati and the Lake Erie area were well-suited to growing grapes. Nicholas Longworth of Cincinnati is famous for developing the Catawba grape. Other important fruit crops were peaches, pears, and cherries. County Agricultural Societies and the State Board of Agriculture County agricultural societies in Ohio, first established in Marietta soon after settlement, were slow to gain popularity, but grew in number and strength through the second half of the nineteenth century. Modeled after societies in England and the eastern United States, the purpose of the societies was to encourage better farming through information-sharing and competition. The societies held fairs and awarded prizes. In 1846, the General Assembly passed legislation that established a secure funding mechanism for county societies, which greatly encouraged their growth. By 1860, 84 of Ohio’s 88 counties had an agricultural society. Also in 1846, the state legislature created the state Board of Agriculture, the forerunner of the present-day Department of Agriculture. The board’s chief activity was initially to hold an annual convention, and later to organize the state fair. Cincinnati was the host city for the first state fair in 1850, making Ohio the second U.S. state to sponsor a state fair. After several years in which the location of the fair moved around the state, the Ohio State Fair found a permanent home in Columbus. Combining competition, edu-
March 2014 (Continued from page 4) urbs. Many of those who remained on the farm had to take second jobs to make ends meet. While both the number of farmers and percentage of Ohio residents who were farmers have grown smaller since the mid20 century, the average farm size and output increased. Despite the encroachment of cities and suburbs on farms, almost half of Ohio’s land is used for farming and agriculture remains a dominant force in the state’s economy. Early experiments in agricultural education failed in Ohio. Not until the establishment of the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1873 did the state have a successful institution of higher learning devoted to agriculture. Its success was qualified, however, as liberal arts studies, part of the school’s curriculum from the beginning, overshadowed its agricultural program. In 1878, the school’s name changed to the Ohio State University, reflecting its broader focus. In 1882, the university established an agricultural experiment station to bolster the agriculture program. The Hatch Act of 1887, a federal act that provided funding for such activities, was a response to the land-grant universities’ abandonment of their agricultural and mechanical roots. In 1892, the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station (known today as the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center) moved from the university at Columbus, to Wooster, Ohio, in Wayne County. While the university and agricultural experiment station offered formalized training for farmers, other educational opportunities were also available. Farmers’ institutes, sponsored by the state Board of Agriculture beginning in 1880, were held around the state. The institutes offered farmers a chance to learn and socialize. Combining education and fun was the goal of another farmers’ organization, the Ohio State Grange. Organized in 1872, it was unique in admitting women to full membership and focusing on all aspects of farm life. Albert Belmont Graham started 4-H in Clark County in 1902 to teach children about agriculture, geology, and natural history through practical application and to build character. Three years after founding the organization, Graham became the first superintendent of agricultural extension in Ohio. The purpose of extension, as elaborated in the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, was to “aid in diffusing among the people of the United States useful and practical information in subjects relating to agriculture and home economics and to encourage the application of the same.” Extension exemplified a land-grant university’s duty to conduct research, provide education, and serve the public. Building communities and increasing knowledge of scientific farming methods were two important goals, achieved chiefly through research, publications, and meetings. Both 4-H and agricultural extension are still active organizations. Another federal act, the Smith-Hughes Act of 1917, encouraged vocational training in public schools in the areas of agriculture, home economics, and the building trades. This development paved the way for the formation of the Future Farmers of America Association in 1928. The organization aimed to prepare members for careers in agriculture and related professions. In 2000, the Ohio FFA had more than 20,000 members. Bibliography Brown, John T. Agriculture in Ohio: Its Beginning and Development. Columbus, Ohio Department of Agriculture, 1940. Burkett, Charles William. History of Ohio Agriculture: A Treatise on the Development of the Various Lines and Phases of Farm Life in Ohio. Concord: Rumford Press, 1900. Cunningham, John F. The Story of Ohio Agriculture. Unpublished typescript, [1960?]. “Did You Know.” Ohio Department of Agriculture. Web Site. April 10, 2003. <http://www.ohioaginfo.com/general_didyouknow.htm>. “The Evolution of 4-H.” Ohio 4-H Youth Development. Web Site. April 10, 2003. <http://www.ohio4H.org/history.htm>. “History of Extension.” Ohio State University Extension. Web Site. April 10, 2003. <http://edn.ag.ohio-state.edu/newpersonnel/history_of_extension.htm>. Hurt, R. Douglas. “Ohio Agriculture Since World War II.” Ohio History. 1999
The Herald Agricultural Tab – 5 (97): 50-71. Jones, Robert Leslie. History of Agriculture in Ohio to 1880. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1983. Knepper, George W. Ohio and Its People. 2d ed. Kent: Kent State University Press, 1997. n “Ohio FFA History.” Ohio FFA Association. Web Site. April 10, 2003. <http://www. ohioffa.org/about/ffahistory/1920/voc1. shtml>. Roseboom, Eugene H. and Francis P. Weisenburger. A History of Ohio .Columbus: The Ohio Historical Society, 1991. Ohio. Department of Agriculture. The Farmers’ Centennial History of Ohio 18031903. Springfield: Springfield Publishing Co., State Printers, 1904. Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Web Site. July 17, 2001. <http://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/www/ history.html>.
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The Agricultural Council of Ame rica will celebrate Ag Day this year with the theme “Agriculture: 365 Sunrises and 7 Billion Mouths to Feed.” Whether we buy prepackaged food or eat from the local garden stand, the stuff that our farmers grow is literally something we could not live without. But American farmers do more than just produce our food. The biggest cash crop in the USA these days is corn, grown for fuel. Soybeans, the second-biggest crop,
to the US Department of Agriculture, it is an agricultural business supported by a community of subscribers who collectively share the risks and benefits of food production. By “pledging” to buy regular produce baskets from a particular farm during the growing season, members guarantee the salary of the farmer, who in turn shares the bounty of naturally grown fruit and vegetables. This direct sales approach ensures that farmers are encouraged to continue in agriculture and keep providing Americans with fresh food, grown close to home.
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Canning & Preserving
Canning and preserving are ways to protect food from spoilage so that you can use the food at a later time. There’s no doubt that being able to offer fresh-tasting, homecanned, or -preserved foods to your family and friends throughout the year is definitely one of life’s luxuries. Whatever preservation method you choose, your efforts will benefit you in many ways: A pantry full of fresh, homegrown foods: Having a stocked pantry offers a cushion against the fluctuating cost of healthy foods. Convenience: You can build a pantry of convenience foods that fit into your busy lifestyle and that your family will enjoy. Protection against rising food costs: The whole idea of canning and preserving is to take advantage of fresh food when it’s abundant. And abundant food generally means lower cost. A sense of relaxation and accomplishment: For many people, working in the kitchen and handling food provides a sense of relaxation, and watching family and friends enjoy the products of your efforts gives you a great sense of accomplishment. Confidence in the ingredients that go into your food: If you love fresh ingredients and like to know what goes into your food, doing your own canning and preserving is the answer. A good time: Producing canned and preserved food in your kitchen is fun and easy — and who doesn’t like fun? The price of food has skyrocketed in the last few years. Food safety has become a concern for everyone. Canning is the answer to both the price dilemma and the desire to offer nutritious foods throughout the year. You’ll have no doubts about preparing safe home-canned and preserved food after you discover what each method does, which method is best for different foods, the rules for the technique you choose, and safe food-handling techniques. Canning food is the most popular preserving method used today and is the pro-
degrees under a specific pressure (stated in pounds) that’s measured with a dial gauge or weighted gauge on the pressure-canner cover. Use a pressure canner for processing vegetables and other low-acid foods, such as meat, poultry, and fish. Freezing food: Freezing food is the art of preparing and packaging foods at their peak of freshness and plopping them into the freezer to preserve all that seasonal goodness. Freezing is a great way to preserve foods that can’t withstand the high temperatures and long cooking of conventional canning methods. The keys to freezing food are to make sure that the food you’re freezing is absolutely fresh, that you freeze it as quickly as possible, and that you keep it at a proper frozen temperature (0 degrees). Drying food: When you dry food, you expose the food to a temperature that’s high enough to remove the moisture but low enough that it doesn’t cook. Good air circulation assists in evenly drying the food. An electric dehydrator is the best and most efficient unit for drying, or dehydrating, food. Smoking, salting, and curing food: Smoking foods, especially meats, adds a new dimension of flavor to your diet. Smoking is a simple process that infuses smoky flavors into ordinary cuts of meat. Applying rubs and curing in brine, in addition to smoking, increases the number of ways that your hohum meats can become spectacular. Fermenting: Fermenting is the process See CANNING, page 12
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cess of applying heat to food that’s sealed in a jar in order to destroy any microorganisms that can cause food spoilage. All foods contain these microorganisms. Proper canning techniques stop this spoilage by heating the food for a specific period of time and killing these unwanted microorganisms. Also, during the canning process, air is driven from the jar, and a vacuum is formed as the jar cools and seals. This vacuum prevents microorganisms from entering and recontaminating the food. Although you may hear of many canning methods, only two are approved by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): Water-bath canning: This method, sometimes referred to as hot water canning, uses a large kettle of boiling water. Filled jars are submerged in the water and heated to an internal temperature of 212 degrees for a specific period of time. Use this method for processing high-acid foods, such as toma-
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Farm honey bees to boost crop yield
BY ANNE COBURN-GRIFFIS Sentinel Editor firstname.lastname@example.org bees can survive cold very well. It’s the length of the cold spell. We didn’t get any periodic warmups. Bees need to be able to leave the hive to defecate. If they don’t, disease can spread in the hive. It’s not a healthy situation for the bees.” The long cold spells came on top of a “soso honey year,” according to Arheit. He explained that most bees had to be fed sugar syrup in the fall as most bees did not pro-
DELPHOS — Once the extended cold of Winter 2014 snaps, Putnam County residents can expect to see sprouting daffodils and other bulbed flowers. Front yard shrubs will bloom and bees will race from flower to flower, if we are lucky. In recent years, the honeybee population has declined considerably and scientists continue to study and debate why bees seem to be dying out. Commercial beekeepers in the United States have reported deaths of tens of thousands of honeybee colonies. Tim Arheit, president of the Ohio Beekeepers Association, vice president of the Northwest Ohio Beekeepers Association and operator of Honey Run Apiaries, Delphos, isn’t predicting good news for the near future. “Unfortunately, things haven’t been getting any better,” said Arheit. “We still have the unusually high losses. Ten or 20 years ago, a loss of five to 15 percent over winter was the norm. Now it’s often 20 or 30 percent, which is hard to sustain.” Officials in the United States Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency have not been able to determine why the honeybee population has undergone such a steep decline. Arheit said that although scientists haven’t pin-pointed one single cause for the decline, he does believe that lack of nutrition, the use of pesticides and pests, such as mites, are contributing factors: “The bees are just stressed out from everything.” What Arheit is hearing this year is that the expected loss per Ohio beekeeper is between 40 to 70 percent: “The worst part of this winter is not so much the cold because
in Northeast Ohio with 150 hives called them. At this point, he’s already lost 90 percent.” Once winter is over, the Farmer’s Almanac is predicting unseasonable hot, dry temperatures for May and June. This could be good news for the bees. Arheit explained that bees love the heat, as long as there is a fresh source of water nearby that they can circulate to cool the hive.
duce enough honey to survive the upcoming winter: “A typical hive will need 60 to 80 pounds of honey to survive a typical winter. Beekeepers are going to need to be very attentive to their hives, starting now, in order to keep the bees going as they start to raise young and eat through their stored honey.” Arheit still expects to see big bee losses yet this year: “I talked to one beekeepingequipment vendor. A small-scale beekeeper
“In general, drier years tend to be more productive, within reason. In a wet year, you get so much moisture in the soil that the nectar gets watered down,” he explained. “If they collect nectar that has a lot of water in it, they have to work more to evaporate the water. They have to make more trips to get a certain amount of sugar in their nectar. And if it’s rainy, bees tend not to fly. But if it gets too dry, there may be no nectar left in the
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• Mature turkeys have more than 3,500 feathers. • There are 47 different breeds of sheep in the U.S. • Pork is the most widely eaten meat in the world. • The average person consumes 584 pounds of dairy products a year. • 160 degrees Fahrenheit is the correct cooking temperature to ensure safe and savory ground beef. • Elevators in the Statue of Liberty use a soybean-based hydraulic fluid. • Like snowflakes, no two cows have exactly the same pattern of spots. • The longest recorded flight of a chicken is 13 seconds. • Twenty-nine cuts of beef meet government guidelines for lean. • The average dairy cow produces seven gallons of milk a day, 2,100 pounds of milk a month, and 46,000 glasses of milk a year. • Turkeys originated in North and Central America, and evidence indicates that they have been around for more than 10 million years. • Agriculture employs more than 24 million American workers (17% of the total U.S. work force). • Today’s American farmer feeds about 155 people worldwide. In 1960, that number was 25.8. • Raising beef cattle is the single largest segment of American agriculture. • One pound of wool can make 10 miles of yarn. There are 150 yards (450 feet) of wool yarn in a baseball. • Soybeans are an important ingredient for the production of crayons. In fact, one acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons. • The heaviest turkey ever raised weighed 86 pounds, about the size of an average third-grader. • Cows are herbivores, so they only have teeth on the bottom. • There are 350 squirts in a gallon of milk. • Cows must give birth to a calf in order to produce milk.
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March 2014 (Continued from page 8) introducing good bacteria into foods, in a 3. Arrange food on dehydrator trays. safe way. Much more than beer-making, 4. Dry at specified temperature, occasionfermenting is the technique behind the sour ally turning food and rotating trays. tang of sauerkraut, vinegar, and yogurts. 5. Check for doneness, using guidelines in Fermenting is also the perfect beginner’s recipe for what properly dried food looks preserving technique because it takes very and feels like. little time and requires a short list of ingre- 6. Place in airtight storage container and dients. store in cool, dry place out of direct sunJuicing: Juicing is a wonderful way to light. introduce healthy eating in a playful (and Freezing delicious) way to anyone who eyes a sal- 1. Gather supplies. ad with suspicion. Juicing includes fruits, 2. Prepare food. greens, and vegetables in combinations that 3. Place food in freezer containers, leaving may surprise you. Full-bodied and filling, specified headspace (if using rigid containjuicing is a great way to bring tasty foods ers) or pressing out all excess air (if using that might otherwise be overlooked to the freezer storage bags). table. 4. Slightly chill food or, if it was blanched, This at-a-glance guide shows how to preserve foods by canning, freezing, and drying. People have been preserving food for eons. Newer, safer food preservation techniques and equipment enable you to stock your pantry or freezer with delicious, healthy foods. Pick your preferred method — water-bath canning, pressure canning, freezing, or drying — and follow these basic instructions.
Tractor overturns are the leading cause of death on farms. It takes less than a second for a tractor to roll over. Men aged fifty years old or more are the main victims of tractor overturns because they sometimes use old equipment that does not meet modern safety standards. The circumstances of these accidents are commonplace and almost always preventable. Side overturns occur when the tractor is manoeuvred too close to a ditch or a bank. Rear overturns are often linked to pulling logs and can be avoided by never attaching a towing chain above a tractor’s tool bar. Older tractors were not originally equipped with a safety frame or a roll-over protective structure (ROPS). New tractors now come equipped with safety frames, but it is possible to install them on older tractor models. Tractor drivers should also wear seat belts to hold them in the safety zone of the tractor and prevent them from being ejected into a dangerous area. Equipping tractors with safety frames and ensuring that drivers wear seat belts are by far the most effective safety measures that can be taken in order to avoid death and serious injury when roll-overs occur.
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The no-till agricultural revolution
What would farmers do without their ploughs and fertilizers? Save money, according to some farmers in the United States! More and more of them are switching to the no-till farming method as well as reducing their use of fertilizers. The result is revitalized soil that is all natural. This quiet revolution may seem like a miracle, but in actual fact it is simply a new technique called conservation agriculture, one that opens the way to intensive farming methods that are less costly and more respectful of the environment. No-till farming is based on three inseparable principles: organic soil cover, no-till seeding, and crop rotation. According to latest figures from the US Department of Agriculture, one third of American crops are not ploughed, and 50 percent of those are soy crops.
Conservation agriculture allows for the rebuilding of nutrient levels in soils that have become dependent on fertilizers. To prepare a field, a ground cover such as clover, alfalfa, or ryegrass is seeded. These plants produce a sort of carpet which protects the soil from erosion and develops roots several metres deep. During the winter, these grasses capture and store nitrogen from the air in the form of nitrates (nitrogen transforms into nitrates) within the root nodules. When these plants die, the nodules become nitrogen reservoirs that decompose much more slowly than fertilizers. These white nodules, packed with natural, free fertilizers, can be found just by turning the soil over with a spade. Corn, for example, can feed from the richly decaying organic matter of the preceding season as well as the cover crops.
It’s common knowledge that before planting the soil needs to be prepared, either in the form of tillage or the use of chemicals to kill the weeds. Tillage methods can be divided into three main categories, depending on the amount of crop residue they leave on the surface. Conventional tillage – A bit of a history lesson, up until about 20 years ago the standard tillage practice for corn was the use of the moldboard plow followed by several secondary tillage and mechanical cultivation. Today’s farmers have turned away from that method because moldboard plows tend to leave minimal crop residue on the soil surface, in turn decreasing valuable organic matter. Reduced tillage – is usually done with a chisel plow and leaves 15% to 30% residue coverage on the soil. Conservation tillage – leaves at least 30% residue coverage on the soil. An example of conservation tillage is no-till, where no tillage is done at all. Other examples are strip-till, ridge till, and mulch till. The use of herbicide may be used in
Soil preparation for spring season
addition to all these tillage methods to kill weeds. In no-till fields, the herbicide is applied directly on last season’s crop residue. In other methods, some soil preparation takes place before the herbicide is applied. A common myth is that more herbicide is used with conservation tillage methods, but in fact farmers rely on herbicides for weed control under all tillage practices. The amount used is more or less independent of tillage methods. Along will tillage comes the risk of soil erosion. The best tillage method to reduce tillage is conservation tillage. This method leaves at least 30% residue cover on the ground. The simple, low-cost practice can have a huge impact on the amount of soil eroded. Due to energy saving and improvements in soil quality, conservation tillage has been widely adopted across the Midwest. Soil preparation is a crucial step for a healthy crop and longevity of the land. It’s important to determine what’s the best method for your farm ground.
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(Continued from page 8) driver for about two years who parked his truck every day right next to the hive. After two years he asked, ‘What are you shipping out all the time?’ When I told him, he asked, ‘Where are your hives?’ I said, ‘You’re standing right next to one.’ There are a few shampoos that might attract them but as long as you follow best-management practices, the impact to your neighbors should be negligible. And you can share honey.” The Ohio Beekeepers Association offers a guide to best-management practices at www. ohiostatebeekeepers.org that can help to eleviate tension between bee enthusiasts and their neighbors. Local association contact and beekeeping supply information can also be found on the website. For more face-to-face information about beekeeping, the Northwest Ohio Beekeepers Association meets 7:30-9:30 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month, January-May and September-November at Pandora-Gilboa High School. For those interested in starting a hive or two in 2014, Arheit encourages them to order now as packages of bees are selling out quickly this year.
Water quality and nutrient management toolkit developed to address growing need
by Matt Reese The complexities of nutrient management do not simply require occasional attention on the farm. Properly managing nutrients requires year-round effort, attention to details and careful record keeping. With these things in mind, the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District, Cargill in Sidney, and the Shelby County Farm Bureau teamed up to help farmers in the increasingly important management of the nutrients that are necessary components of crop and livestock production. “I am not sure you can go to any farm meeting in the state right now and not have this topic come up,” said Andrea Guckes with Cargill. “We were very fortunate to work with a lot of people who really know their stuff and we were really excited to be a part of this.” The effort that began last August has resulted in an educational toolkit for producers — “Water Quality & Nutrient Management … from Planning to Placement to Profit.” The toolkit contains a glossy wall calendar featuring pictures of local agriculture and a monthly tip for nutrient management during that time of year. “Each page has a tip of the month that makes them think about nutrient management to get folks thinking about what they need to be doing at that time of year,” said Jason Bruns, with the Shelby County Soil and Water Conservation District. “Anything we can do to keep nutrient management in the forefront of producers’ minds is an added benefit.” The toolkit is an educational binder containing data recording sheets for farmers to track applications of nutrients, seed varieties, planting dates, marketing information, and other pertinent data. The binder also contains a variety of Extension fact sheets to help producers make informed nutrient management decisions. Topics include the 4Rs, phosphorus fertility recom-
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Ivory Harlow at Dickie Bird Farm
I farm “I farm,” I said rather sheepishly. I didn’t think farming warranted bragging rights like their fancy and interesting jobs. I assumed these professionals didn’t want to hear about my livestock or vegetables. Boy was I wrong. “What kind of farming?” The lawyer asked with enthusiasm. “You do important work!” The retiredteacher-turned-entrepreneur exclaimed, after I gave a detailed description of Dickie Bird Farm’s small sustainable farm structure. “Did you always want to be a farmer?” The nerd inquired. Later it occurred to me that their interest in my occupation and farm operation was twofold: First, I’m not a stereotypical farmer. Most city and suburban people imagine a farmer as an aged, bib-wearing male with a lip packed with chaw. They suppose a farmer inherits his great-grandfather’s farmland. I on the other hand, am young, college-educated, and female. I don’t wear overalls or chew tobacco. My parents did not farm. The second reason for my new friends’ interest in my profession is that none of them
had ever met a farmer. The days of milk deliveries from your friendly dairy farmer are bygone, as are the days when grocery shelves were stocked with fruits and vegetables from the farm down the road. Most modern eaters go their entire lifetimes without knowing the men and women who raise their food. The good news is that the future of farming favors a return to the small farm model. I built Dickie Bird Farm with the intention of shaking my customers’ hands. Many of my fellow young farmers are creating similar sustainable systems on their own small pieces of land. Did you always want to be a farmer? After completing a military enlistment and college, I worked in numerous occupations including: short order cook, retail sales, logistics, and Government contracting. I waitressed and managed a massage clinic. Although I gained experience and friends at each job, no job satisfied my craving for real and meaningful work. I dreamed of doing something that nurtured my spirit, the earth and my community. I wanted work that inspired confidence and creativity. Farming offers all this and more.
“The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” – Abraham Lincoln
loom vegetables. We raise free range chickens and turkey for eggs and meat. I milk a small herd of dairy goat and make cheese. I recently added a Red Wriggler Worm ranch to the farm to enhance our composting system. In farming, I’ve found that even undesirable chores like cleaning the barn in negative temperatures and hauling manure in the rain is real and meaningful work that is satisfying, honest and true. I invite you to join in my weekly farm adventures at farmanddairy.com. I’ll share insight I’ve gained building a sustainable farm system at Dickie Bird Farm. I’ll talk about how you can grow-your-own and doit-yourself. I hope you’ll join in the conversation with what has worked on your farm or in your backyard. About the Author Ivory Harlow lives and farms in Southern Ohio with her husband, pet turkey “Big Mama”, and other livestock. Be her farm friend at www.facebook.com/dickiebirdfarm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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