‘We Are Farm Bureau’

Buckeye Farm News

Cristen Bartus of Lucas County, Greg and Rose Hartschuh of Crawford County, Tracie Isler of Marion County, Nick Rizzo of Montgomery County and Renae Scheiderer of Monroe County were recently named finalists in the contest, which highlights the diversity of Ohio Farm Bureau members.

The contest required members to submit up to three photos that best showed how they are Farm Bureau. In addition, members completed the following statements:

  • What I do (work and leisure)
  • My link to agriculture
  • I’m passionate about
  • I’m known for

Each finalist receives a $100 pre-paid VISA gift card courtesy of Nationwide Bank and will be considered for inclusion in an upcoming Ohio Farm Bureau media campaign.

Bartus is a young professional starting her career in the Toledo area. She shops at the Erie Street Farmers Market, which she calls her favorite grocery store. She likes living sustainably and incorporating farm fresh produce into every meal.

Rose Hartschuh is a high school agriculture teacher, who married into her husband Greg’s fourth-generation family dairy farm. They share the story of the family farm by speaking with civic groups, and by being engaged in social media and daily conversations. They also have a small flock of turkeys that provide 4-H and FFA projects.

Isler is a 2nd grade teacher who enjoys raising, selling and showing quality show pigs with her husband, son and daughter. The Islers are 4-H advisers who sell show pigs to 4-H children across the country. Isler said her family is known as being advocates for agriculture and that they strive to raise their children with strong agricultural beliefs and values.

Rizzo is a pediatric neonatal respiratory therapist who enjoys teaching about keeping backyard chickens. On one acre of land, he grows poultry, has several fruit trees and employs various gardening practices to produce his own food. He is a 4-H club volunteer adviser, who teaches embryology to 4th graders, and is the founder and organizer of the South Western Ohio Backyard Poultry Club.

Scheiderer and her husband own Buckeye Grove Farm, milking registered Jersey cows. The Scheiderers produce farmstead-artisan raw milk cheese that is sold in various stores and area farmers markets. She enjoys educating people where food comes from and what is involved in making a product they enjoy with their meals.

Now through June 27, you can vote daily for your favorite “I am Farm Bureau” finalist, and view all the entries at http://bit.ly/IamFarmBureau. A pre-paid $250 VISA gift card courtesy of Nationwide Bank will be awarded to the grand prize winner, announced on June 28.

Five entrants also earned honorable mention for their entries. They are: Katherine Douglas of Fulton County, Heather Kocher of Crawford County, Jennifer Pekkala of Pike County, Kristen Reese of Fairfield County and Michael Videkovich of Pickaway County.

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