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2013 County Farm Bureau Outreach Highlights
Here is just a sample of the ways that county Farm Bureaus throughout the state have worked to reach out to their communities this year. There are many more ways to get involved than what we could print here. †More county Farm Bureau activities in the attached document.
A Taste of Crawford County gave local business and community members a chance to meet and talk with area farmers as they enjoyed samples of locally produced meat, cheese and produce. The Crawford County Farm Bureau hosted the event with the county Cattlemenís Association and local chambers of commerce at the county fairgrounds. Farmers discussed agricultureís role in the local community and the state of food production practices in Ohio. Part of the proceeds were donated to area food banks.
Paulding and Van Wert Counties
Dreams of driving a tractor came true for participants in the Kids Dream Day Event sponsored by Paulding and Van Wert County Farm Bureaus†with the help of Kennedy Kuhn John Deere Dealership. The event allowed anyone at least 6 years old to help drive a tractor, while they learned about farm safety on the farm and on the road. An obstacle course was set up to resemble a roadway for adults to experience what it was like to be in a tractor driving down the road.
Allen County Farm Bureau invited several classes of junior high students and some fairgoers to Allen County Farm Bureauís barn tour program at the fair. More than 80 students from the Lima City schools, many of whom had never been to the fair before, experienced the event.
Darke County Farm Bureau worked with KitchenAid Experience, Historic Bearís Mill and the Winery at Versailles on its fifth year of Home Grown in Darke County cooking series. Each of the classes featured a local meat, with a chef each night preparing a meal using local meats, produce and vegetables. New this year was a childrenís cooking class
Fayette County Farm Bureau worked with the local farmers market, public library and Nationwide agents on Itís OUR Ohio, family-friendly summer events where participants learned more about agriculture and buying local. Farm Bureau and the farmers market donated books on farming and food production to the library. T shirts with the farmers marketís logo and an agricultural message were sold, and Nationwide agents offered a shirt discount for those who visited their office and got an insurance quote. Special ďbuy one, get oneĒ pricing for two days at the farmers market was open to all Farm Bureau members and WIC and SNAP recipients.
Clinton County Farm Bureau sponsored monthly cooking demonstrations, Fast Food from the Farm, at the Clinton County Farmers Market. The goal of the classes is to show consumers how to make fast, affordable recipes from local produce.
About 125 volunteers from Nationwide, OSU Extension, SWCD, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other groups, helped with Pike County Farm Bureauís 16th annual Agriculture Awareness Day. Besides more than 400 students, the event drew Waverlyís mayor and county commissioners. Nationwide agents worked at the event and one sponsored the T-shirts for the students. Material about Nationwide was sent home with all students. Students brought canned goods, which were donated to a local food pantry.
Ross County Farm Bureau†hosted its Farm Factor Progressive Farm Dinner where participants visited four local farms. Both active and associate members experienced a four-course meal at four different farms. Each portion of the meal included facts about the ingredients used including growing, harvesting and nutritional facts. At each location participants visited with other community members as well as local farm families.
Athens County Farm Bureau, FFA and Nationwide helped sponsor and run the countyís annual Agriculture Awareness Day. Local lawmakers visited with students and volunteers during the agriculture educational event, which featured hands-on activities for hundreds of students. The students helped collect more than 600 cans of food for the Athens Food Pantry.
Belmont and Monroe Counties
Belmont and Monroe counties partnered with OSU Extension for a three-part Food Preservation workshop where they worked to encourage more people to plant fruit trees and gardens and purchase from local farmers or farmers markets.
A barbecue competition and barbecue education classes were part of Tuscarawas County Farm Bureauís†Camp Meigs BBQ Bootcamp and Burnoff. OSU Extension provided the education expertise and more than two dozen groups sponsored the event. Teams competed in the categories of chicken, pork ribs, pork, beef brisket and peopleís choice. While the competition as going on, barbecue seminars were held and local vendors sold food or passed out information. Winners got cash prizes, hand-made cutting boards and trophies. Nationwide sponsored the 4th place prizes. About $6,500 was raised for Community Hospice.
These county Farm Bureaus have teamed up to have a presence at the Vintage Ohio Wine Festival. The two-day show is the largest wine event in Ohio and in the Top 10 for the country. Guests talked with county Farm Bureau members to learn more about Ohio agriculture, and members received a $5 discount on pre-sale tickets.
County Programs Receive National Recognition
- Carroll County Farm Bureauís Agriculture Plastics Recycling Program established a partnership with the Solid Waste District and eight surrounding counties to collect and recycle plastic products used by farmers.
- Highland County Farm Bureau was honored in the public relations and information area for its Farm Rescue Program, which funded two grain bin rescue trailers and training for 36 local emergency personnel.
- Working together, Franklin and Madison County Farm Bureaus hosted the Breakfast on the Farm event, which invited the local urban community to an on-farm meal during which farmers answered consumer questions about food production.
- Marion County Farm Bureauís Harvest Hustle 4 Mile Run/Walk brought 100 runners/walkers to an educational event that highlighted farm commodities and equipment and raised money for the local Humane Society and food pantries.