New Farmer Academy: What’s New for ‘22?

Like many of the farms in our region, the New Farmer Academy (NFA) might appear dormant in the winter. You won’t see many pictures of colorful vegetables, verdant rural landscapes, or smiling interns on our social media feeds for the next few months. There will be...

What’s it like to be a New Farmer Academy Intern?

A few weeks ago our New Farmer Academy interns wrapped up the 2021 season and we gave you a glimpse into their daily experience through this retrospective slideshow. The slideshow highlights all of the fun farm experiences our interns have and the friendships they...

Welding Lesson

Last year my husband, Brian, offered to have the New Farmer Academy interns over to our house for a welding lesson. He forgot all about it, but they sure didn’t! Last weekend we were finally able to make it happen. First the interns learned about the different types...

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...

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