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Farming is Fun – Edible Ohio Valley

Illustration by Reed DeWinter

Illustration by Reed DeWinter

By Marc Luff

I plant a crop of vegetables probably every week this time of year, and I learn something new about profitability, insects, weeds, plant disease, and the ways of God-to-man and man-to-God in nearly every endeavor. In my first year and a half as a farmer, I lost a battle with a grease gun that $200,000 worth of college could not teach me to fix. Similar battles ensued with hoses, wagons, tractor power take-off (PTO) shafts, grain bins, brake lines, chickens that needed to be plucked, a utopian tomato patch turned sour, and a grain cleaner that routinely dumped grain dust in my face as I tried to fix it. I feel so fortunate to be a farmer.

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