As the end of the year draws near, we take a look back at the web posts that have done well over the last 12 months. Since the initial post about the possibility of crossbred coyotes that grow larger and could be more aggressive in Ohio’s fields and forests in 2014, it has become among [...]Read More
Blog: 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 lulu.com and search for “Matt Reese.”
‘Tis the season for cutting Christmas trees on the Reese family farm. We work very hard on our farm to grow nice looking Christmas trees, but anyone who has searched for the perfect tree knows that not all trees are created equal. I spend many hours this time of year with families carefully pondering their [...]Read More
“Look at you. You are a warrior,” is not typically a phrase one would utter to a chicken, unless, that is, you are considered Chicken People. There are few places where more of these birds of a feather flock together than the Ohio National Poultry Show held at the Ohio Expo Center each November — the PERFECT place [...]Read More
Once again this week, the massive rift between philosophies, values and political priorities was gashed wide open. Half of the nation was left lamenting and pledging to flee to Canada and the other half was silently smirking at their televisions as newscasters tried to veil their confusion and outrage while blinking back tears to preserve [...]Read More
This All Hallows’ Eve go outside and I swear, If you look to the fields you’ll see them out there. Spooks, ghouls and gremlins flourish in the fields, that odd floating lights and low grumbles yield. With their sharp gnashing teeth and sleepless vampires, They revel in the crop fields ‘tween the telephone wires. Haunting [...]Read More
Completely unrelated to Halloween, I recently found myself standing in a park wearing a ninja costume. I had gone into the 2016 fall season of coaching U8 boys’ soccer feeling fairly confident in my youth coaching abilities. I had coached for four seasons of U6 and suffered only one narrow defeat. I was ready to [...]Read More
First, let me say that I get it. I understand that the farmers in the Lake Erie Watershed were listening to the science and doing what everyone told them. It was once common knowledge that phosphorus did not move in the soil and that reducing tillage was the answer to the algal woes of Lake [...]Read More
I sat upon a park bench Beneath a gloomy autumn sky Hoping the peace would ease my burdens And answer my questions of, “why?” When an old man passed by And seeing my somber, sour demeanor Looked in my direction With the glazed eyes of a dreamer. Son, you know you’re a super hero, Everybody’s [...]Read More
The warm temperatures and sunny weather encouraged a strong crowd at this year’s Farm Science Review, which always makes it fun for us at the OCJ/OAN barn. With more visitors, we get the chance to talk with more people about the hot topics of the day. There were 46,680 in attendance for Tuesday’s opening day. [...]Read More
I love writing stories about Ohio’s incredible Century Farms. There is much wonderful history to be gleaned from these rural treasures that most people probably do not even know exist. Everyone in agriculture understands how much technology, equipment, farm size, and farm conservation has changed through the centuries of Ohio agriculture, but it is also [...]Read More