Hello Ashtabula County! It has been a little while since the last Ag Column was published from the Ohio State University Extension Office here in Ashtabula County. Though we no longer have the excellent and knowledgeable writings of David Marrison, I’m glad to say that I will be picking up where my predecessor left off and continuing to share knowledge and information about what is happening in agriculture, natural resources and Extension.
My name is Andrew Holden and I am the agriculture and natural resources extension educator in Ashtabula County. I grew up in Ashtabula County, so there is a chance you know me already or that we have met in the last few months that I have been in this position. It is also quite possible that our paths have not crossed yet, Ashtabula is a big county!
For the people I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, or for those who may not know me as well, allow me to share a bit about myself.
My family has been farming in the Pierpont area for many generations. I grew up on a dairy farm in Pierpont. As a kid, I worked on our farm milking cows and baling hay, and was involved in our local 4-H and FFA programs. My father, Glen, and grandfather, Dave, ran the farm, and my mother, Robin, taught in the Pierpont elementary school. After graduating high school, I attended The Ohio State University where I earned my degree in agribusiness and applied economics.
I am so grateful to be back home in Ashtabula County. I love this area and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. As an ag educator, I really have to give credit to my parents for instilling me with a passion for agriculture from my father’s farming, and a passion for educating from my mother’s teaching. Many people of this county have helped me throughout my life and are part of the reason why I wanted to return here.
Now that I’ve shared some about myself, I’d really like to get to know more producers in the community. I love meeting new people and want to get to know the county even better. Whether you’ve worked with the Extension office in the past or not, let’s get in touch.
Stop into the office, the hours are: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday, with the office closed to the public for lunch from 12-1 p.m.
Call my office: 440-576-9008 Ext. 6
Send me an email: Holden.firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow me on various media platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Whichever way you choose, I’d be happy to chat, as well as help address any agriculture and natural resource questions you may have. You can also look forward to hearing more from me from this column about what’s going on and future Extension events.
I’d like to thank everyone for helping make these first few months go smoothly, and I look forward to serving my county.
ANDREW HOLDEN is an extension educator, agriculture and natural resources, Ohio State University Extension. He can be reached at 440-576-9008 or Holden.email@example.com.