Who We Are

The past few years, the area where I live, Crawford County, Ohio, has seen a wonderful explosion of younger families who are embracing the joys and challenges of living off the land. Because of them, amazing things are happening which have been embraced by our community. Farmer’s markets have been created and on-farm stores have opened. Families dedicated to growing organic produce and naturally raised meats are meeting the public’s needs for locally raised foods. And at the heart of this movement are the women.

Ohio Country Journal is my attempt to share the essence of farm life, focusing on, but not limited to, women. My goal is to bring you into our circle of friendship by inviting you to share your stories and experiences with us. You don’t have to be a full time country woman to benefit from joining us; you just have to be you.

The full-time country women featured in Ohio Country Journal are an inspiration to anyone who dares to follow her dreams, whether it is to live in the country or to bring the country life-style to their urban neighborhoods.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Big Tech, Little Tyke

Ava's been keeping me busy, that's for sure. Along with playing board games, attending a program at the library, and other usual five-years-old activities, we had an astronomy lesson. Last night she learned about Orion. We ended our observation session by singing Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star in the cold, crisp January air.

This morning as breakfast was cooking (apple/cinnamon waffle sticks), she busied herself by taking pictures of birds. Her favorite bird is the Northern Cardinal, and our River Birch tree was loaded with them. Her device of choice was her iPhone, a gift from her uncle Dave because he updated. Besides taking pictures, she also reads books, listens to music (her favorite, Nora Jones), and plays games. Occasionally she makes a phone call or text. Not to worry, her parents set her up with some sort of app from Google that lets her call only them.

Gee, I have no idea of how to use an iPhone or any other smart phone. I am in the dark ages with my dumb phone. Lucky for me that I have Ava to show me how. And so this is how it is going down; we are teaching each other what we know. And that's how it should be :)

Marcheta * the student and the teacher

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