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Our Ohio: Telling Agriculture’s Story
Buckeye Farm News
Coming in the next Our Ohio
The September/October issue centers on Ohio livestock producers. Stories look at a day in the life of the Wildmans in Clark County who raise hogs and poultry producers, the Horsts, from Wayne County. Another story looks at how grocery stores meet consumer demand for choices in meat, and Our Ohio suggests five ways readers can truly help animals.
Growing a Masterpiece online
Online voting is taking place for this year’s “Growing a Masterpiece” art contest. County Farm Bureaus transformed blank postcards into artistic representations of agriculture in their area. The only requirement was that the Our Ohio logo or words Our Ohio be featured somewhere on it. The postcards just spent 11 days at the Ohio State Fair and will be on display at the Canfield Fair in Mahoning County Sept. 2 through Sept. 7. OFBF will use the postcards for other displays. The announcement of the “Best of Show” (as determined by votes) will be at the OFBF annual meeting Dec. 2 to 4 in Cincinnati. Vote online at OurOhio.org.
From Field to Table Festival
OFBF and Franklin County Farm Bureau have teamed up with Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus to sponsor a new fall family fun event. The From Field to Table Festival will take place Sept. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the conservatory. Visitors have the opportunity to learn from educational programs focused on one of four themes: green living, eating locally and seasonally, harvest and fall family activities and gardening. Guests also can sample foods and products created and produced in Ohio, shop the wares of Ohio artisans and food producers, enjoy harvest-themed activities and tour Franklin Park Conservatory’s Community Garden Campus. Farm Bureau members who show their membership cards at the ticket booth will receive $6 admission (half-off the regular $12 cost). Children ages 2 to 12 are free.
Sharing agricultural messages with teachers
OFBF-sponsored food writer, author and cooking teacher Marilou Suszko’s two presentations at the Ohio Association Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference and also had an exhibit. Suszko used her travels across Ohio to talk about the unique Ohio foods that farmers produce and urged the teachers to help their students learn about locally produced foods. Teachers also learned about educational resources available at www.OurOhio.org.