Buckeye Farm News
Medina County Farm Bureau Feeds local needs
As part of the ‘Farmers Feed Our Needs’ campaign, the trustees of Medina County Farm Bureau recently approved the purchase of frozen meat packets for distribution to needy families through two local food banks. Keller Meats in Litchfield purchased beef and pork from local farmers and packaged the meats in one-pound packages for easy distribution by the food banks. Medina County Farm Bureau elected to hold its ‘Farmers Feed Our Needs’ program in late spring because food banks have increased demand for help when children are home from school but really don’t have a holiday or event to foster added donations.
Grand Lake Agriculture Leadership Program wraps up with 19 leaders
Nineteen participants ranging from producers to ag lenders, agriculture businesspersons and news media recently wrapped up the seven-session Grand Lake Agriculture Leadership Program. Developed by the Mercer County Farm Bureau, the program fosters the leadership and communication skills of the Mercer County agriculture community. The sessions covered topics on the business of agriculture, public policy, niche marketing, human resource development and the environment.
Stark County Farm Bureau partner in jail garden to benefit community
An innovative project at the Stark County Jail will result in an educational opportunity for inmates and a long-term benefit for the clients of Meals On Wheels of Stark & Wayne Counties. Under the guidance of Master Gardener volunteers from OSU Extension’s Stark County office and the Stark County Farm Bureau, non-violent inmates at the jail are planting a vegetable garden. As the produce is harvested, it will be delivered to Meals On Wheels, where it will be used in meals prepared for their clients. Up to five supervised inmates will work up to two hours per shift in the 30-foot by 90-foot garden located at the jail. Financial assistance and equipment for the project are being provided by the Stark County Farm Bureau and Hartville Hardware. “This is an exceptional use of people, land and natural resources,” said Organization Director Nick Kennedy. “It’s a great example of the positive impact agriculture has on the community, and we’re proud to support the program.”