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Rituals of spring

May 2, 2014 With warmer spring weather fast approaching, I am busy doing my “rituals of spring. more »»

Local farmers depend on weather

April 24, 2014 Think about what it would be like if your living depended on what the weather deals to you. Local farmers are at that point right now. more »»

Cheese used to be made in Trumbull

April 11, 2014 When we go to the grocery store today and check the dairy section, we can find cheeses of all kinds and in many sizes and shapes of packages — lots of choices with fancy imported cheeses in some... more »»

Memories of cars

March 21, 2014 Think back — can you remember the first car your family owned or the first one you had a chance to ride in? It is interesting to reflect back and try to remember those cars. My father enjoyed cars. more »»

Regulations undermine best farm practices

March 20, 2014 Widespread publicity from information published by the national census of agriculture showed that, from 2007 through 2012, there are fewer but larger farms in this countr. more »»

Grateful for good neighbors

February 27, 2014 Good neighbors are worth a lot. Looking back, I think every place we have lived we have had some good neighbors. more »»

Explaining the benefits of the Farm Bill

February 20, 2014 It should be called the “Consumer Bill” rather than the Farm Bill that it is usually called. Why? Because it benefits all consumers as much, and in some ways more, than it benefits farmers. more »»

Recalling the good old days

February 7, 2014 Recently, I received an email from a friend who grew up in North Bloomfield not many years after I did. Tim Rodgers had read my recent column, and his email was titled “Random Rural Ruminations. more »»

Breakfasts feature pancakes, syrup and farm education

January 23, 2014 Want to enjoy a good pancake and sausage breakfast, great fellowship and an excellent program? Plan to attend the Trumbull County Food and Agriculture Committee (FAC) breakfast at 8 a.m. Feb. more »»

Landline feels homey

January 17, 2014 At Christmastime, a couple of our family members got so-called smartphones for a gift. To me, it is truly amazing what all these phones will do. But I confess that they give me an inferiority complex. more »»

Holidays about being together

December 27, 2013 Christmas is a time when families like to get together, if possible. Yes, there are those who may not have much family but still enjoy being with others this time of the year. more »»

Celebrating Christmas on the farm

December 26, 2013 ’Twas the night before Christmas, And down on the farm, The cows were in the barn all safe from harm. They had been milked and fed, And were now ready for bed. more »»

Ghosts of Christmas past

December 6, 2013 We don’t need to be reminded that Christmas is fast approaching. With this season go all the activities and gatherings that are tradition in our familie. more »»

Be thankful for family farmers

November 28, 2013 Today is the day we celebrate Thanksgiving. You probably don’t need to be reminded of that because many families have been busy getting ready for this day. more »»

Make a plan for winter

November 15, 2013 With winter beginning to settle in, are you ready for whatever the weather deals us this year? Are you one of those who like to trundle down to Florida or points southwest? Or will you do your best... more »»

Make a plan for winter

November 15, 2013 With winter beginning to settle in, are you ready for whatever the weather deals us this year? Are you one of those who like to trundle down to Florida or points southwest? Or will you do your best... more »»

Dairy exports important to economy

November 14, 2013 We are fortunate in this country. Our local farmers as well as those across these United States produce an abundance, and sometimes, a surplus of food for u. more »»

Mud and rain hampers the harvest

October 31, 2013 One local farmer said recently that “if you have grain to harvest in northeastern Ohio, expect to harvest in some mud.” It seems like that is the situation again this fall. more »»

A general store education

October 4, 2013 Thinking back many years ago now, I spent a couple of summers and weekends working in Elmer’s grocery in North Bloomfield. Elmer came to my father one day and asked him if it was OK to offer me a job. more »»

A general store education

October 4, 2013 Thinking back many years ago now, I spent a couple of summers and weekends working in Elmer’s grocery in North Bloomfield. Elmer came to my father one day and asked him if it was OK to offer me a job. more »»

 
 

 

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