Saturday, February 13, 2010

Making Music at Fur Peace Ranch

The Ohio Farm Bureau produces a phenomenal magazine for its members called Our Ohio. I recently came across a copy and was excited to find that they maintain a richly comprehensive website that offers articles, educational tools and videos covering agricultural issues, local food systems, ecology and the state's arts and culture. The Our Ohio site also presents extended video segments they created for Ohio Public Television. It's a fantastic site that's well worth visiting.

They led me to discovering Fur Peace Ranch, a place where "budding and seasoned musicians [can] immerse themselves for several days, and emerge with renewed inspiration and tangible progress in their music." The Ranch was founded by Jorma Kaukonen (an original member of Jefferson Airplane) and his wife Vanessa in 1989. It's located in Pomeroy, Ohio, nestled in the hills of Southeastern Ohio, and it attracts students and well-known faculty from around the world.

Click Here to watch a video from Our Ohio that gets to the heart of this close-knit community of musicians in Meigs County. There are also some great performances located here on the FPR site.