Foothills Farm was started as a part-time farm in 1976 growing and selling
various farm produce such as tomatoes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, green
beans, squash, pumpkins, sweet corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, peppers and egg
plants.. In the early 1980's, various produced was shown at the Ohio State
Fair through the 1990's. In 1997, the farm went full-time
continuing raising the same farm produce including gourds and dry flowers.
In 1999, after a bumper crop of gourds the previous summer, Foothills Farm
started selling dried gourds by mail order from the internet. In
2001, the other farm produce was discontinued with gourds becoming the
primary crop along with mini-pumpkins, strawberries and dry flowers.
In the future, we are planning to continue to expand gourd production, built
a fourth and fifth greenhouses, expand the local sales, exhibit and warehouse areas.
The main concern in the future is finding enough land to support increase
Foothills Farm is on 32 acres located in Licking County in east central Ohio six
miles northeast of Newark Ohio. This part of Ohio is rolling hills, ranging in
height no more then 300 feet tall. Foothills Farm is located in a small
valley with several different fields for farm production. There is also
rolling fields and about 15 acres of woods. The soil types on Foothills Farm
ranges from hard pan clay in the valley to rocky gravel types of soil on tops of
Weather on Foothills Farm is typical of the Midwest and Great Lakes
States. The last frost is no later then May 23 and the first frost is
around early October. The high temperatures in the summer is usually in the
80's with a few days in the low 90's with a lot of humidity. The winters
are cold with a few days below zero. The annual snow fall varies from
almost none some winters to over 30 inches a season. Generally, we have few
severe storms here except for the regular thunderstorms in the summer.
There has only been one severe windstorm that done a little damage to the
woods. On occasion, there can be very heavy rainstorms in both the summer
and the spring up to 8 inches in one storm. This past summer was somewhat
typical, in that it rained for three weeks at the end of May then in July, no
rain at all. This does has an impact on gourd production. On
Foothills Farm, we do not use irrigation for watering the plants.
Ohio is a typical Midwestern state with both industry and farming. Licking
County is a microcosms of Ohio again with both industry and farming.
Licking County has almost 165,000 people and the Newark, Heath, Granville Metro
area is almost 100,000 people. This area settled by the Europeans in the
early 1800's. Licking is blessed with a very good transportation systems. At one time there was seven different railroad lines coming into
Newark, one canal, one electric interurban line and now one interstate and
another four lane freeway. There is two universities, one college, ten
public high schools, three private high schools and one technical high school
located in Licking County. Licking County
is the home of very old Indian earthworks that was built almost 2,000 years