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.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Bold and the Beautiful

Take a look at this guy. Does he seem remorseful?
I don't think so, either.
But he should be. Yeah, I know, coons gotta eat, too, and who can resist tasty fruit ripe for the pickin'? And I don't begrudge the wildlife that call this place "home" fruit that has fallen on the ground. Too bad they don't know it, or if they do, they don't care. They see a peach, apple, or pear tree and think
*Y*I*P*P*I*E*... !!Fiesta!!
The bold ones climb right up in the trees and feast during the daytime. Sometimes, I wish that I were as bold when I want to go after something, so I do have to admire their spunk.

Many years raccoons have stripped a peach tree before we could get the first peach. This year, Jim put a temporary fence all around the tree that was ready, and it seemed to help keep the raccoons away.
But birds?
Now, that's a whole new story. What bugs me about birds is that they can't be satisfied to eat one peach...oh, no! The Method to Their Madness is to peck at one, then another, then another, ruining multiple peaches or apples  or whatever is ripe at the time when they could have had more than their fill if they would have stayed focused on one.
But what's a gal with an orchard to do? Where's Elmer Fudd when I need him?
Marcheta *oooh, them Wascaly Waccoons :(
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