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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Whole Wheat

I photographed this nostalgic scene at a harvest festival. As you can see, separating the wheat kernels from the straw is quite an undertaking and requires a crew of hard-working men and women.

The wheat is brought to the thresher on a wagon. Using pitchforks, workers feed the wheat into the machine which separates the kernels from the straw.

The grain goes to a shoot that has a collection bag at the end. The worker at this station must be ready to change bags fast or risk losing part of the hard-earned grain. The straw goes to a baler and the chaff is blown out of another shoot.

Here's one thing that I know for sure: I would never had made it as a crew member at threshing time! I'd be toast within an hour of such hard work.

Marcheta *toasted

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