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.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Columbus Day

Today we are heading to the city to spend time with the kids. Our plans are to meet up at the Ohio State Fairgrounds to attend a train show, and then have ‘make your own pizzas’ at Kerry and Ben’s house. This will be one of the last get-togethers at their Merion Village home (just outside of German Village) because they just took possession of the keys to their new home, in Reynoldsburg. With a 5 year old and 1 year old and new baby soon to arrive, their family had outgrown their first home.
Our family is especially interested in trains because we have a mile and half of large scale model train tracks in our woods, which is beside a regular, life-sized track on the north. In fact, our 14 acres of woods originally belonged to the railroad. When it was built there must have been plans for a large expansion to have such a huge right-of-way. When the railroad decided they were not expanding new lines, they offered to sell the right-of-ways for a song. Now, I am known to sing off-key most of the time, but was lucky enough to hit the right notes when I needed them. 

The Buckeye Rail Model Engineers were also eye-balling the parcel and approached us to let them build their track on part of the land. Many fun parties and events, such as birthday parties and Halloween Fun Days, are the result of their (and our) efforts. All pictures of our train events are on my laptop computer, will edit this post with a picture later today or tomorrow...promise!

 All in all, I think that today is going to be a great day!

 Marcheta *Boarding up and headin' out

**Note: No picture of the train club, I'll save that for a later date. Our plans changed when we got to Columbus and instead of going to the train show, we went to Blacklick Metro Park and Nature Center instead, which is a handy 5 minute drive from Kerry and Ben's new house. We saw lots of birds, squirrels, Canada geese and Mallard ducks as well as taking a (very) short hike in the frosty air.

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