Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. — Winnie the Pooh

That day is today. I love kayaking. I love being in the water watching the wildlife listening to the running river with fresh air. But more importantly I cherish our waterways for what they provide for our farm: the tools to grow our crops.

Water quality is a huge topic in Ohio. From the algae blooms in our lakes and the issues with the contamination of the Toledo water supply, everyone is looking for answers. Unfortunately, the media has been pointing their fingers at Ohio’s farmers. While we aren’t totally innocent I think it is important for people to realize our love of water and concern for its quality as well. Most of us are being proactive in what we do. At our farm we truly believe that for our land to be sustainable we have to take care of our soil and our water. Our farm sits on both the Lake Erie watershed and the Mississippi River watershed. So what we do on our farm is not only important for our future but for those who rely on those bodies of water.

As stewards of our land it is important we share our story as to how we care for our water. I’m so proud of my husband and that we have almost 20 years of no-till on our farm and are recognized for conservation practices we employ on the farm. We can be sustainable and productive on the farm.

To learn more about what Ohio Farmers are doing to help Ohio water check out: http://soyohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/FINAL-Water-Quality-PDF-Version_May-22-2013.pdf

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