Tillow Acres Farm is located in the southeast end of rural Hardin County Ohio, just east of the quaint, small town of Mount Victory.
The farm operates out of the only homestead on the property, which dates back to the early 1900s. While the old barns and outbuildings originally on the property are long gone, there remains a 12' x 30' chicken coop - which the farm's hens winter-in when not on pasture.
Roughly one acre is devoted to the farm's vegetable/fruit production and the homestead dwelling. The remaining 5.5 acres is established in pasture. Before 2020 the land had been farmed conventionally under the family's grain operation. The property's two metal buildings and grain storage bins are still used in the grain operation today.
Photo of the farm circa 1970s.
The primary purpose of Tillow Acres Farm will always be to reconnect people to the land that grows their food. But equally important is being the steward of the farm and a promoter of agriculture in a positive light to my grandchildren, and especially young women who aspire to learn and grow in the organic and regenerative ag industry.
Our internship program is designed to meet that mission. Today, I'm happy to say Tillow Acres Farm continues to offer experiential learning opportunities to young aspiring organic and regenerative ag minded students of our communities. school district for many, many years to come.
The Farm and Farmer
The winter of 2019 brought
an end to a 3-year soul
searching expedition, and the
beginning of the concept of
Tillow Acres Farm.
There's a beautiful quote by
Robert Louis Stevenson widely
known and rightfully loved, 'Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.'
Therein lies the 'why' behind the decision to transition 8 acres of conventionally farmed farmland to organic market-farming and grazing, at the age of 60 years young.
My name is Tonya Ramsey, and I'm owner and operator of Tillow Acres Farm. I'm a mom, a nana and a woman farmer. I live, love and work to nurture and grow what's living. I have a love-relationship with hands-in-the-dirt born after reading Pearl S. Buck's, The Good Earth as a teenager. Marrying a farmer only solidified the relationship. Even now it still rings true. My head and heart heal better with hands-in-the-dirt.
By its very design, Tillow Acres is and will be intensively farmed. It is scaled small intentionally. I'm working to learn, apply and transform the existing land to regenerative agriculture principles. Through much planning, infrastructure, new systems and practices its amazing to see the farm's transformation. The farm has defined growing spaces, permanent beds, perennial plant stock for strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and asparagus along with a small orchard of 10 fruit trees. With much help from my hard-working crew grandchildren and high school interns, we off our members diverse, vibrant, delicious produce season after season through our CSA share program.
It's exciting see the small beginnings of 2020 have contributed to our success of today!