Many Hands Make Light Work

“Many hands make light work” is a proverb that dates way back, first recorded in English in the 1300s. It’s one of my favorites, and one that proves itself time and again in the world of agriculture. Obviously, the more people available to help with a task, the less...

Cotton: How it’s Grown & It’s History

One of the most unusual plants we grow at Old Trail Farm is cotton! Cotton is not typically grown in our region because it doesn’t tolerate cold weather and it takes a long time to reach maturity. In northeast Ohio, our summers are too short to plant cotton directly...

Tromboncino!

  Last year, around this time, I posted a blog called “Cucumbers Under Siege” about a few of the common insect pests we find on cucumbers in our region. Another common pest affecting plants in the cucurbitaceae family (which includes cucumbers, gourds, melons,...

Skill Share Day

When interns begin their journey with the New Farmer Academy, the sheer amount of information there is to learn about food production can be overwhelming. In addition, there is often the perception that farmers need to know how to “do it all” – from tractor...

Gross Bugs at Old Trail Farm

Every year farming is a new adventure! There are always new crops or varieties to try out, shifting weather patterns to throw you off schedule, and new pests to battle. 2021 is no exception. Last year, one of the teachers at Old Trail School requested ground cherries...

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