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.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Old Tractors Never Die

Go to just about any farm, any where, and I'll bet you'll find an old tractor (or 2 or 4 or more) bidding time by the barn or forgotten field. This one was trying to hide in the grass at Jim's brother's place. 

There's just something about a tractor that makes it hard for a farmer to let go of, even if the tractor is past its prime or flat out doesn't run. 

I have to contemplate this: could it be that a farmer's tractor becomes like a beloved friend? After all, think of all that the two go through over the course of a career. Weather.Bugs.Bumper Yields. Drought. Bugs.Famine.Floods. Bugs.Breakdowns (from both parties).

I mow on an ancient Kuboda. When it gets tired, it coughs and spits a bit, then faints from a choking attack. There's nothing to do but get off the thing and let it rest. Yet I prefer it over our zero turn XMark. 
Go figure. (hint: I need the breaks as much as the Kuboda!)

Yeah. I get it now. Tractors may not appear to have personalities like Old Nellie or Trigger, or Sparky, but really, they do. Becoming One With the Tractor is like having a business partner; the business being growing food. And when the machine has to be replaced by a newer, more efficient model, well...I can relate. 

Marcheta *peddle to the metal

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  1. Well said. But even more than this is a connection with heritage. "My Dad used" or "I used to help Grandpa" on.....More and more are being lovingly restored. There is a respect for the machine that one never has with an automobile. Old tractors pop up on T-Shirts, magazines, replicas, funeral caskets, etc. They are a connection that never die.

  2. Thanks for this insight! Farm machinery, to me at least, are works of art...in more ways than one. My husband's father was on his tractor until we had to take his wheels away because he kept falling off. That is when I realized how much farmers love their tractors. :)

    Thanks for posting.