Area farm growing opportunities

BELLBROOK, Ohio (WDTN) — Even before the tractor, the seeds of one friendship were sown long ago.

“When you’re a kid you have those dreams you want to start a bar or whatever,” says Christopher Bentlage “In our case it was starting a farm.”

But those dreams seemed more like fantasies after Bentlage was injured in a motorcycle accident in 2005.

“It was a ridiculous idea I would be farming,” Bentlage says.

The wreck had left Bentlage a paraplegic, but when his friend Steve Gabbard started Sunset Stables and Farm, there was no doubt Bentlage would be a part of it.

“Anything is possible on this farm,” Gabbard says.

So the idea was planted, but now it’s really taken root, thanks to something else rising from the ground.

“It’ll change everything,” Bentlage says. “I’ll be able to farm and make food for people and that’s exciting.”

The new addition is a lift, built by Lyfe Essentials, that will allow Chris to get in and out of the farm’s larger equipment.

“The comment is now I can make a living for my family,” says Lyfe Essentials founder Hubert Von Holten.

The money for the lift came through Ohio AgrAbility, which helps those with disabilities be able to farm.

The grant has allowed two friends’ dream to grow into a reality.

“It’s proof you can do anything you set your mind to,” Gabbard says.

The farm and AgrAbility are also working on a program to give wounded vets the chance to farm. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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