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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.”

Let’s talk turkey

My daughter and her friend got to “meet” our Thanksgiving turkey at the Fairfield County Fair in October. This monster bird looked good in feathers and it will look even better on the table. After being dressed, it came in at a whopping 40 pounds. The lady on the turkey-cooking hotline was stumped and thought [...]

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Get your copy of the history of animal sciences at OSU

By Matt Reese In 2007, I had the opportunity to take on a new project documenting the history of the Department of Animal Sciences at The Ohio State University. The project has been humbling and rewarding as I have gotten to interview and work with some truly fantastc people. The book has been completed just [...]

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Lunch spot provides entertainment for a buck

After a morning of work at my family’s Christmas tree farm during the spring planting and summer shearing season, we occasionally go to a local hot spot with great food. Luke’s Bar in nearby Bluffton has a great selection of sandwiches, salads and sides. Recently, the establishment had an unexpected after dinner guest. Here is [...]

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Baby donkey

The female baby donkey was born a few days ago on my parents’ farm in NW Ohio. They are mostly legs when they are little. My daughter was pretty excited about this new arrival.

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Full of hot air

Our three-year daughter loves hot-air balloons and she constantly scans the sky for them. The other night we were outdoors doing the chores when she spotted not one, but two. Much to her elation, one of them flew right over our house. It was close enough that we could easily see the flames heating the [...]

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Ladies lead and Mac at the Fairfield County Fair

In her first ever ladies lead competition, our daughter Campbell, three, won her class. She led her ewe “Mac” for the competition and we are proud parents. We had an interesting summer leading Mac down the road, providing plenty of entertainment for our neighbors. My wife and Campbell did all the hard work, I just [...]

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Where did all the pumpkins go?

Where did all of the canned pumpkin go? We had a recent run-in with a bit of food supply reality when my wife went out in search of some canned pumpkin this fall. In anticipation of making holiday pumpkins pies, she went to a couple of grocery stores to stock up on this vital ingredient [...]

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Dude, where’s the corn? Early harvest sends hopes for another cash crop up in smoke

Farmers seem to be beating the hempiculturalists to harvest this year. Rumors are flying about that the early harvest is thwarting the efforts of marijuana growers that have planted their favorite cash crop in corn fields. Had the potheads been paying attention the GDUs and the early planting schedule, they would’ve known better and snuck back [...]

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No flips here, just horses

I had the chance to visit the Hocking County  Fair the other day with my family to watch some friends show their livestock. The grounds are surrounded by the hills the county is famous for. A trip to any fair is not complete for my daughter unless she gets to ride the carousel.

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Haunted Hocking could make for a thrilling fall experience

Those seeking some haunted Hocking County thrills need to check this out. Ghost stories from one of the most beautiful parts of the state make a great autumn combination that is worth looking into. Here are the details. Ohio authors launch “Haunted Hocking: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide Where the Natural World and Supernatural World Collide” [...]

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