For the Love of a Loofah

By Patricia Fox Who doesn’t love the gentle exfoliating powers of a loofah bath sponge? Loofah is a naturally sourced, eco-friendly, renewable scrubber that is also compostable! But what is a loofah, anyway? I admit, I have contemplated the strange structure of my...

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples’ Day

What first began as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day in 1992, Indigenous Peoples’ Day was created to celebrate and honor Native American history and culture, in an attempt to redirect the attention from celebrating Christopher Columbus, who contributed to...

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...

The History of Pawpaws

Before starting my internship at Countryside, I had absolutely ZERO clue what a pawpaw looked like, and I had only ever heard of them when they were referenced in the Disney movie The Jungle Book. Come to find out, there’s actually a deep rooted link between...

How to Store Winter Squash Like a Pro

By Dylan Leipold, New Farmer Academy Intern This time of year many of our summer squash and cucumbers are approaching the end of their lifecycle. Their glory days of lush, vibrant green growth are in the rear view mirror as they finally succumb to cucumber beetles,...

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