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Tiejens: Olena Farm, U.S.A. An Agricultural Success Story

Olena Farm, U.S.A. An Agricultural Success Story

By V. A. Tiejens

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“At the northeast corner of Murray Road and U.S. routes 250
and 13, one half mile south of Olena, Ohio, lie sixty-eight acres
of what experts call submarginal land and about which the
neighbors say “Too poor to farm.” My friends say, “The land
should be good for something,” while my associates call it a
“challenge to your ability and vision.” For my purpose, it is ideal.
I wanted the poorest farm I could find, a farm so poor that the
average agronomist—with all his knowledge—would starve to
death on it.”