Last year, OFBF held its first Grow and Know event.

Grow and Know this year with Ohio Farm Bureau

Buckeye Farm News

Whether they own a patio downtown or 50 acres in rural Ohio, animal lovers, foodies, gardeners and more are invited to get in touch with their inner-farmer and make the most of their property through OFBF’s 2010 Grow and Know series.

Five daylong educational workshops held on farms and agricultural sites throughout Ohio will help attendees get started in the sometimes daunting and intimidating tasks of growing and preserving food, caring for a garden and animals and more. Sessions also will cover many green methods of property management.

“We’ve found there is a great deal of interest in the topics we’ve selected for the series, and that it has been difficult to find the kind of information we’ll be sharing,” said OFBF Promotions Specialist Cara Lawson. “The Grow and Know series provides us opportunities to tell the stories of Ohio agriculture, and encourages consumers and others to get involved.”

Get more information, register (after Feb. 1) and sign up for notifications and session updates at Attendees may also register by calling Rebecca Everman at 614-246-8241.

2010 Grow and Know Events

Choose which event to attend or attend all five.

All events are $30 for Farm Bureau members and $50 for nonmembers unless otherwise noted and includes lunch and materials.

Farming on Five to Fifty

April 17

Malabar Farm | Lucas

For those with a few extra acres who aren’t really sure what to do with it. Topics: berries, bees, vegetable gardening, backyard egg production and more.

Solutions for Pestering Problems ***This event has been cancelled.***

May 22

Bob Evans Farm | Rio Grande

Learn how to fight pests and weeds in the garden, while getting a garden and landscape under control. Topics: soil diagnosis, dealing with invasive species, trees, shrubs and more.

Growing your own Food & Going Green 

June 5

Franklin Park Conservatory | Columbus

Learn to grow and preserve food from your own backyard and many ways to enjoy local food. Topics: home canning, container gardening, herbs, rain gardening and more.

What to do in Winter

October 23

Lake Metroparks Farmpark | Kirtland

Stay busy in winter. Topics: cheese-making, identify and obtain different meat cuts, animal care, tending to outer buildings and fences and more.

Know Place like Home for the Holidays

Nov. 7

Woodhaven Farm | Johnstown

$50 for Farm Bureau members | $75 for nonmembers

Travel to Woodhaven Farm in Johnstown, where Chef Tami will walk attendees through holiday meal preparation in a hands-on cooking experience. An Ohio Christmas Tree farmer will share tips for picking the best tree and an Ohio wine maker will share his experiences in Ohio’s wine industry.

For Teachers

Teachers attending a Grow and Know event will receive a certificate of contact hours for participation. The Grow and Know series qualifies for credit for Ohio professional development standards. E-mail [email protected] or call 614-246-8243 with questions or for more information.

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