Growing Our Generation

Growing our Generation: Starting from scratch
Dave and Elizabeth Petro of Ashtabula County are editors of the June 5, 2017 Growing our Generation enewsletter, featuring insights and ideas directly from Ohio’s young farmers and food and agricultural professionals.

We’ve always liked the saying, “Live simply. Simply live.” There is a lot of freedom in that. However, living simply does not equate to living easy.
We are Dave and Elizabeth Petro and neither of us grew up with a farming background. We were both raised in the suburbs in northeast Ohio on the shore of Lake Erie. Dave is a skilled carpenter running a full time home remodeling business and I work in the home. We have three children, Joslyn (8), Hannah (6) and Hunter (3), and a slew of projects on our twenty acres…trying to find the one to develop into a full-blown operation. We are passionate about sustainability, healthy and organic food, supporting local farmers and businesses, farm to table meals, and community involvement. We became members of the Ohio Farm Bureau to become educated, informed and be supportive to our local agricultural community.
We know starting a farm from scratch is going to be a long and hard journey, but one we are proud and excited to be on. We didn’t even really know how to get started, we just knew we had to take one step and keep moving forward. We bought land, built a new barn, bought a tractor and started out small with our garden, chickens and digging ponds to raise fish. We love meeting and talking to people who stop to buy our free-range eggs and we love showing interested people around our property to show how we use sustainable living practices.



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