It’s a surprise for many to learn that Ohio boasts its own share of sizable islands on the state’s inland sea — Lake Erie. And though physically removed from the mainland, animal agriculture still thrives there.
Kelleys Island, boasting an area of 4.41 square miles and a population of 312 as of the 2010 census, has its own share of farm life. Gary Finger, along with his wife Jackie, own and operate The Village Pump, a restaurant and all-around community staple. They also raise some of the livestock that call the island home.
“I don’t ever question it. I totally enjoy it. But I’ve lived here my whole life,” Finger said of raising livestock on an island. “It’s good for me. That’s all I do is take care of people all the time, so it’s fun to take care of our own animals too.”
Gary got his start on the island after his brother bought the Village Pump in 1969 and he convinced his parents to let him move in above the restaurant in 1972.