Blog: Matt Reese

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, yeah!

It is a very busy time of year for the Reese family with the Christmas tree farm, scads of ag events and meetings and the rest of our normal duties with the livestock, children and jobs. So, amid all of the running around we do, it is always good to take just a moment for a good chuckle. We run a full service Christmas tree operation. We cut, shake out the dead needles and bale the trees for the customers. A customer at our family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County shared this video of their robust Scotch pine Christmas tree being shaken at our farm. Ha!

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Author: Matt Reese

I grew up on a small farm in northwest Ohio and spent most of my youth writing, doodling, taking pictures, reading and exploring the surrounding farmland. With a family full of teachers, I also grew up around a culture supportive of education. I was active in athletics in high school before graduating from Ohio State University where I studied agricultural communications. This led to my career in agricultural journalism.

I continue to work on the family Christmas tree farm in Hancock County. I married my wonderful wife, Kristin, in 2002. We live on a small farm in Fairfield County with sheep, rabbits and chickens. We have a daughter Campbell Miriam who was born in the fall of 2007 and a son Parker Matthew born in August of 2009. We are active in our local church and with numerous other organizations. I help with the agricultural program at Ohio Christian University in Circleville as well.

I have worked for Ohio’s Country Journal since 1999. I also write a column for numerous newspapers around Ohio, Fresh Country Air and do freelance writing and photography work. I have written and self-published six books to date. To find my books, visit and search for “Matt Reese.”

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