CINCINNATI MAGAZINE FEATURE, APRIL 1, 2016
It’s the Zusammengehörigkeitsgefühl, stupid! After 125 years, the Rahns of Wooden Shoe Hollow know a thing or two about growing stuff.
In the V created where Gray Road splits from Winton, north of Spring Grove Cemetery, there lies a verdant pocket of former farmland. Greenhouses punctuate the landscape, their panes reflecting the sky’s slow progress to a mute audience inside the cemetery gates. It’s a quiet, preternaturally peaceful space in the middle of the city that evokes a long-gone way of life. Last year one of those greenhouses, A.J. Rahn’s, celebrated its 125th anniversary. Mayor John Cranley declared the week of June 7 “A.J. Rahn Greenhouse Week” and a representative from the governor’s office drove down from Columbus to recognize this small business’s contribution to agriculture in Ohio.