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Elmore, OH 43416 · 419-862-3576

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Now Hiring: Corn DeTasselers?…

July 27, 2014 by  
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This time of year, there’s a whole fleet of farm employees in the Midwest Corn Belt performing a very strange, but necessary job for agriculture — they’re called “corn detasselers.” For 3-4 intense weeks during the hottest part of the season, this seasonal work force (typically made up of junior high and high schoolers) walk […]

Farmer Kurt Blog: Do only what YOU can do

July 27, 2014 by  
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This has been a transition year for us in terms of how we manage the farm. Being a small farm business, Corinna and I wear many hats: marketing, production, IT, maintenance, customer service, manager, pest control —you get the idea. Part of my dream was to keep my hands in the soil and not just […]

Electronic Scarecrows

July 27, 2014 by  
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If you visit our farm, you will easily notice an audible screeching noise that appears to come from behind our barn at regular intervals. In fact, it’s coming from a dark green speaker box sitting in our corn fields. We affectionately call this box Charlie,. Charlie is basically a fancy electronic scarecrow. How does it […]

Bees for Hire

July 27, 2014 by  
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This week, Uncle Arik arrived with Darin, the beekeeper to deposit our hives on the farm — this time 4 hives in all. That’s right! We rent bees! Usually they arrive at night, because that’s when they sleep —making that the safest time to transport them. Bees are an integral part of growing vegetables on […]

Kurt’s Crop Journal Week 8

July 27, 2014 by  
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Growing week 30. Received .5” rain. Growing Degree Days: 1588 Worked on getting more potatoes out of the ground this week. Have one of the early beds cleaned out and ready to be disked and seeded to cover crops. The crops I seeded last week all germinated well and are on their way. Sam and […]

What to Do with Broccoli Leaves

July 20, 2014 by  
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Some of us will be receiving broccoli leaves in our produce share this week. Broccoli leaves have a very similar appearance and flavor profile to collard greens (which are from the Brassica family just like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and cabbage), and can be cooked in much the same way as other sturdy greens including kale […]

Kurt’s Boots

July 20, 2014 by  
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Happy Mid-July everyone. The boys and I made a trip to the Five Point Threshers Show on Sunday. We saw nine steam engines, four threshers in operation and numerous tractors plowing the wheat stubble. The boys were in tractor heaven. I think our favorite part was watching the old saw mill sawing oak planks. It […]

Kurt’s Crop Journal

July 20, 2014 by  
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Growing week 29. No rain. Growing Degree Days: 1477 Just about have all of the major weeds taken care of. Worked hard in getting all of the fresh garlic out of the ground and either in the barn curing, or in the cooler. With the help of Adam, Oscar and myself, Dad got his drip […]

Zucchini Flowers

July 20, 2014 by  
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If you’ve ever grown a zucchini in your garden, you know how prolific it can be. Even for one family, one plant will keep producing zucchini after zucchini until you can’t figure out what to do with them. You may have noticed that each zucchini started from a fertilized flower. The flower is fertilized and […]

Farmer Terminology: “Buy-In’s”

July 20, 2014 by  
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The last few weeks you may have noticed in the “What’s In Your Box” list, that some of our produce has come from other farms. We always list the source if it comes from off-site. These are called “buy-ins.” In our farm budget each year, we have a line item for “buy-ins.” This week I […]

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