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Our story 

The Farmland  

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. 


 

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Photo of the farm circa 1970s. 

The Future

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 important in helping us meet that mission. My hope is Tillow Acres Farm will grow to sustainably be able to offer experiential learning opportunities to the young aspiring future organic farmers of our community's school district for many, many years to come. In 2021 we successful brought in five interns, and look forward to continuing the program once again for this year, 2022. 

 

Feed what's living today, and tomorrow's harvest will take care of itself.   

The Farm and Farmer

Farmer Tonya

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 6.5 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. In just one short year, the farm has defined growing spaces, permanent beds, perennial plant stock for strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and asparagus along with a small orchard of 14 fruit trees. With much help from my hard-working crew of 4 grandchildren, in 2020 Tillow Acres successfully launched a small 'pilot' CSA share program to family and friends willing to give feedback on our quality and selection grown.

The effort and work done that year have contributed to the foundation of today.  Exciting! 

Week 1 Fall Share

Week 1 Fall Share

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Chinese Cabbage

Chinese Cabbage

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Mesh bags for packing produce.

Mesh bags for packing produce.

We pack with no plastics.

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Cherokee purple tomato fruit setting

Cherokee purple tomato fruit setting

baby bok choy

baby bok choy

strawberries - Albion everbearing variety

strawberries - Albion everbearing variety

garlic scapes emerging

garlic scapes emerging

potatoes

potatoes

kale, lettuces, bok choy

kale, lettuces, bok choy

From farm to table!

From farm to table!

Photo credit: M. S. Smith

Spaghetti squash and fresh farm eggs for breakfast!

2021 Intern

2021 Intern

Loryn Elsasser

2021 Intern

2021 Intern

Lola Ramsey (aka granddaughter)

2021 Intern

2021 Intern

Kaelyn Saylor (aka niece)

2021 Intern

2021 Intern

Sophia Mouser

Helping with construction of the farmstand

Helping with construction of the farmstand

Village of Mt. Victory, Ohio's Park

Village of Mt. Victory, Ohio's Park

Interns hard at work helping beautify the village park.

Interns hard at work helping beautify the village park.

Interns' volunteerism project for Mt. Victory Park

Interns' volunteerism project for Mt. Victory Park

July 26 park entrance flower bed

July 26 park entrance flower bed

3 of my 4 hard working-crew

3 of my 4 hard working-crew

Kelsey and Lola chicken-keeping

Kelsey and Lola chicken-keeping

Hoop House construction

Hoop House construction

Tillow's Farmstand

Tillow's Farmstand

The farm

The farm

Painting of the farm, done on an old saw and given as a gift by the family to my mother- and father-in-law. Painted by Pat Gamby.

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom Tomatoes

Bibb Lettuce & Beets

Bibb Lettuce & Beets

Raspberries

Raspberries

Okra

Okra

Sunflower

Sunflower

Beet Greens

Beet Greens

Flowers

Flowers

Momma doe leaves baby fawn in buffer lane while she goes to eat.

Momma doe leaves baby fawn in buffer lane while she goes to eat.

2021 Baby fawn

2021 Baby fawn

Spring brings wildlife up to the farm

Spring brings wildlife up to the farm

Happy Hens

Happy Hens

Mickey our Old English Babydoll

Mickey our Old English Babydoll

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Sweetie_Lavendar Orpington

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Pullets almost ready for pasture

Pullets almost ready for pasture

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Egg-pic-jpg

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Home sweet home

Home sweet home

Sunrise on the farm

Sunrise on the farm

Sunset on the farm

Sunset on the farm

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