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, June 9, 2013

Honey Bee Update

I've had a few people ask about how different projects are progressing, so the next few days I will be posting updates.

Today's picture is of one of the wild honeybee swarms that Bob and Sue Nelson captured for us. As you can see, the bees have adapted beautifully from being homeless to having a house and garden.

Just after we brought the bees home, we had a cold snap and were afraid we might loose the bees. Bill Bebee, of BeBee's Bees suggested feeding sugar water to the bees to help them along. We did, and it worked out great for us and the bees.

At present we have 2 sets of supers. Bob is working on capturing another swarm for us, which will make our honeybee neighborhood a nice size. And just look at this thing! The swarm, which is high up in a tree along the creek on the Nelson's property looks like a fuzzy football. Can you imagine how many bees are clustered together? It is mind boggling.
Marcheta *boggled.
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