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The colorful staples you find at a farmers market, from fresh nectarines to ripe tomatoes, come from local farms. Many of these farms are independent or family-owned, some are passed down through generations. The average age of today’'s farmers is fifty-nine years old yet many people in their twenties and thirties are turning to farming as a career. Raising crops and livestock is a rewarding way of life for many but isn'’t without its challenges.

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Farming is an industry worth more than $100 billion in Ohio. But all the rain this summer means farmers weren't able to plant all their corn and soybean fields. And what seeds were planted are being drowned.

Richard Horan's "Harvest"

Oct 26, 2012

The book Harvest: An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms tells of author Richard Horan’s coast to coast journey to work at various farms and help bring in the harvest. As he shares with Thane Maynard, the American farmer is still out there, fighting the odds and facing all challenges.

The Row by Row Dinner

Aug 31, 2012

Gorman Heritage Farm in Evendale is hosting an event to not only raise funds, but to raise awareness of local farmers selling directly to local restaurants. The Row by Row Dinner is on September 8 and Barbara Gray learns all the details from Vicki Foster and Jamie Stoneham of Gorman Heritage Farm.