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, June 8, 2013

A Plea from a Tree

Fargo Herbs is my favorite place to buy herbs and other plants. It is a very charming place, the sales room is an old brick one room schoolhouse. The owners are extremely nice. It is not surprising to me that the business has grown from a small outdoors sales area into several green houses and other outside gardens and sales areas.

 The downside was that parking was becoming a problem, and the only area to expand for parking was this oak tree's territory.

I am glad that the owners decided to keep the tree, even if it is in the middle of the parking lot. The tree provides shade for the vehicles, as well as making oxygen and acorns and leaves for compost. It is still an integral part of the circle of life, but apparently people, heady from the herbal aroma that wafts about the place, were not being mindful when it was time to leave, and the tree was getting bumped into.

When I first pulled into the lot, the sign on the tree made me smile. When it was time to leave, the sign was a great reminder to pay attention to my backing up.  The sign's message may be subtle but really, if you back into the tree, which one is going to suffer the most? :)

Marcheta *OK Tree, I'm listening!

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