Begin Farming Ohio

Season Extension and Thermal Banking Greenhouses

Filed under: Featured Farms and Farmers — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on January 29, 2010 at 1:11 pm

A video description by a Minnesota farmer is available to introduce you to thermal banking (the storage of heat that accumulates during the daytime, especially on sunny days) as a heat source to keep greenhouse beds warm during cold periods. Funding by a SARE Farmer-Rancher Grant, Steven Schwen is in the beginning phases of his project. Go to http://www.sare.org/publications/fromthefield_schwen1.htm

Check Out Finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Excellence in Agriculture Award

Filed under: Featured Farms and Farmers — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on December 3, 2009 at 11:56 am
Scott and Tracie Isler of Prospect, Matthew and Kristin Reese of Baltimore, Andy Vance and Lindsay Hill of De Graff and Chip and Shannon Yochum of Leesburg have been named as finalists for Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Excellence in Agriculture Award. The award recognizes successful people age 35 or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business.The award is based on their involvement in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations. Learn more about the finalists at http://ofbf.org/news-and-events/news/530/
 

 

Check Out Finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s Outstanding Young Farmer Contest

Filed under: Featured Farms and Farmers — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio at 11:51 am

Kyle Brown of Marion, Jay Holden of Mt. Orab and Brandon and Julia Weber of Jackson have all been named finalists in Ohio Farm Bureau Federation’s (OFBF) Outstanding Young Farmer contest.The award recognizes successful young farmers, 35 years of age and younger, for achievement in the business of farming and leadership in the agricultural community. The winner of the contest will be announced at OFBF’s Harvest Banquet on Dec. 3 during the organization’s annual meeting.

The winner will receive an expense-paid trip to the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Seattle in January to represent Ohio in the national contest. The state winner also receives a $1,000 purchase certificate at Grainger Industrial Supply courtesy of Farm Credit Services of Mid America, a year’s free lease on a Kubota M-series tractor courtesy of Kubota and $500 from Dodge Trucks. All finalists receive a commemorative chime clock from Ohio Farm Bureau.

Learn more about the finalists at http://ofbf.org/news-and-events/news/531/

Ripley OH Winery Featured as Farm to Market Operation

Filed under: Featured Farms and Farmers — posted by Sharon at Begin Farming Ohio on October 23, 2009 at 11:27 am

Meranda Nixon Winery in Ripley OH (Brown County) is a Featured Customer of Farm Credit Services of Mid-America, noted for their farm to market approach.  Read more about this five-generation family farm, purchased by Seth Meranda in 1992 from his grandfather. Merandas 2003 diversification project brought wine grapes to the farm, first harvested in 2005, resulting in an April 2007 grand opening with their first three releases. This operation was named one of only 13 in Ohio with the Ohio Quality Wine Designation. Learn more at  and www.meranda-nixonwinery.com and www.e-farmcredit.com  (See Community/Farm to Market).