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.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Batten Down the Hatches!

This picture of Jim moving a small tree that has fallen across our road is tame compared to the storm that is predicted for today.

Last year we had a horrible storm which we later learned was called a derecho. The damage in our immediate area was not too bad, but we may not be as lucky today.

According to this websiteMeteorologist are warning that the continuous line of storms may even spawn an unusual weather event called a derecho, which is a massive storm of strong straight-line winds spanning at least 240 miles.

And The risk of severe weather in Chicago, Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, is roughly 45 times higher than on a normal June day.

Last year, we had no warning about the storm. Most of us had never even heard the word 'derecho' or knew what it meant. This year is different.

We have warning.

Now we can prepare.

Here's hoping that everyone stays safe.

Marcheta *holding onto her hat
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