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Informal interviews with homesteaders, cooks, gardeners and employees will help you take the next step on your journey to a simpler life. Escape the chaotic, stressful world for about seven minutes and learn how to live a satisfying life, enjoying time with family and friends.
Obie Geiser: Lehman's Resident "Farm Boy"
Obie Geiser, or Farm Boy as he is known here at Lehman’s, has been helping out his mother, Karen, on the farm and at Lehman’s during the many product demonstrations she does for us in the store. At age
nine, Obie had even started teaching some classes of his own at Lehman’s Country Living Workshop. He is certainly a wealth of knowledge and is excited to share the ins and outs of helping on a homestead with the many interesting people he meets here at Lehman’s. Tune in as we uncover the many interests and daily life of Lehman’s resident Farm Boy.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Welcome to Solutions for a Simpler Life. This is Glenda Lehman Ervin with Lehman’s on the square in Kidron, Ohio. We’re glad you joined us. Today we are here with Obie Geiser, the son of local organic gardener Karen Geiser. Obie, tell me how old you are and where you live.
Obie Geiser: I am 10 years old and I live on a farm about a mile out from here.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: So you live not far at all from the store. You often join your mother when she does product demonstrations here. Tell me about some of the people you have met and the journal that you keep.
Obie Geiser: Well we’ve met people from lots of different places like Japan, China, Germany, Switzerland, Australia.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Mm hmm. Your name tag when you’re working here at Lehman’s says “Farm Boy.” Can you tell me why it says farm boy?
Obie Geiser: Well I help a lot on the farm like planting the garden, doing chickens, and helping get cows in at night to be milked in the morning and lots of other things.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: So you’re the farm boy. And it’s based on a book too isn’t it?
Obie Geiser: Uh, yeah.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Tell me about the book.
Obie Geiser: The book is Farm Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Of Little House On The Prairie, right? But it’s about a boy instead of a girl.
Obie Geiser: Yes.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: And you’ve been reading that book and I know that you have taught some of our home school classes and you also taught a workshop at the Country Living Festival that we have. How do you know what you’re going to teach about? Do you and your mom sit down and go over it? How does that come about?
Obie Geiser: We usually just go over and think and plan.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Think and plan, well good. Describe a typical day for you during the week. Are you inside or outside? Or what are you doing?
Obie Geiser: Well a little bit of both but mostly outside.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: So if you’re inside what are you doing? Reading, maybe help prep some of the food?
Obie Geiser: Mostly playing and reading.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Playing and reading and when you’re outside you already mentioned helping bring the cows in. Do you have certain chores that are yours and yours alone?
Obie Geiser: Well chicks is one of them. When we just get them and it’s my chore to do them until they’re big enough to go out on pasture and then my brother takes it.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Ah, I see. Now is there any chore that you really enjoy and maybe one that you just don’t like at all?
Obie Geiser: I can’t think of one.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Oh well good. So you like them all. Do you have a favorite animal?
Obie Geiser: On the farm, or?
Glenda Lehman Ervin: You can say both, on the farm and then just in general.
Obie Geiser: Probably cows.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: You like cows? And why’s that?
Obie Geiser: Well about a year or two ago I got my own calf and last year she had her first calf.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Oh nice. Now do you name them?
Obie Geiser: Yeah.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: What are their names?
Obie Geiser: So my cow is Tansy and her calf is Raspberry.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Raspberry. That’s nice. And then you said outside of the farm what is your favorite animal?
Obie Geiser: Buffalo.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Buffalo interesting. What do you think you will do when you are a grown up? What would you like to do?
Obie Geiser: Be a naturalist.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Be a naturalist like work on it in a park like a conservation officer kind of thing?
Obie Geiser: Sort of.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Yeah and I know you’re really interested, well you’re interested lots of things, but you were telling me one time about butterflies and how to attract butterflies. When you walked into here today you had a funny little thing on a stick. Tell me about that.
Obie Geiser: So this is a praying mantis egg sac. They hatch usually at the end of May and about one to two hundred come out of each egg sac, which is about the size of a quarter.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Yeah yeah it is like a about the size of a small golf ball right? And then do most of those praying mantis is live or do a lot of them end up being food?
Obie Geiser: About 5 percent live.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: 5 percent, right. So what are some of the projects that you would like to do if you had all the time and money and parental approval, what would you do on the farm? Build a tiny house?
Obie Geiser: Probably.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: What would you put in it?
Obie Geiser: A table, chairs, pretty much everyday living.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Yeah. And then you could just hang out out there. Obie’s tiny house, farm boy in the tiny house. I like it. I like it. Well thank you so much for joining us today and hopefully we can have you back sometime.
Obie Geiser: Mm hmm.
Glenda Lehman Ervin: Thank you. This is Glenda Lehman Ervin with Lehman’s where we stand for a simpler life. Thanks for listening. For more visit lehmans.com.