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Combining Sustainable Agriculture With Other Interests

The Family That Farms Together Stays Together's picture

Good Morning Everyone,
I am taking the sustainable agriculture course from Lorain County Community College for personal develop. I am a wife, mother of 4 adult children, and grandmother. After 38 years of continuous parenting, I now have an empty nest. However, my 2nd son and his wife are pregnant with their 6th child. So, I decided that it is going to take a village to help their growing family to be sustainable. Therefore, at the age of 60, I am now learning how to grow food. My goal is to learn how to provide a variety of vegetables for my adult children, their children and any future grandchildren.

This past spring (2020) I planted a small garden. The first time I have had my own garden in over 40 years. I quickly realized that I need to do a better job building my soil structure for next spring. I have attempted to use wisdom with this new adventure but I have a lot to learn. It has been such a pleasure to grow tomatoes that taste like my childhood. That memory of eating tomatoes from my mother’s garden quickly came back to me.

Learning how to garden in a sustainable manner is not my only interest. I am a certified medical administrative assistant (CMAA). I am a licensed esthetician (LE). Which means I can give amazing facials. I have recently completed a community health worker program through Cleveland State. Once the paperwork is processed, I will be a certified community health worker (CCHW) through the Ohio State Board of Nursing. I am also a student in the wellness certificate program through LCCC. I enjoy creative writing and photography.

So, I said all that to introduce myself. Plus, I was wondering if you also have multiple interests and how you want to combine those interests with sustainable agriculture to create a business that is uniquely you. If I can help anyone in the area of wellness, I would enjoy doing so. I am open to learning about your interests as well.

Go out and make it a happy and healthy day for you and yours.
Laura Renee’ Hess

Lots of respect!

Connor N's picture

Wow, Laura! It is awesome to see all that you have accomplished and how you have even more goals. That is very inspiring, good luck to you in your journey!

A brief introduction

katelynlenahan's picture

Hi all! I just want to first thank Dr. Casey Hoy for introducing me to this group during his guest speaker presentation to Ruby's Intro to Sustainable Ag class. My name is Katelyn and I am currently a student in LCCC's Sustainable Agriculture program, and I am also earning my bachelor's degree in Integrated Environmental Studies through Hiram College. I am really interested in urban gardening, green spaces, ecological restoration, permaculture, and vegetable gardening. One of my goals after I graduate is to work to provide access to fresh, healthy food for under-served populations especially in urban settings. I am also interested in working to rehabilitate farmland and helping farmers integrate sustainable farming practices. I hope everyone has a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!


Connor N's picture

Hello all! My name is Connor Nagy and I was recently hired as a Student Farmer at the Ohio State University Student Farm. I am a second year student majoring in Computer Science Engineering with a minor in Sustainable Plant Systems: Horticulture. I like vegetable production, cooking, and healthy eating. I hope we can all learn a lot from each other! Take care! :)