Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President Sparky Weilnau greets visitors to his farm for the Down on the Farm event.

Erie County farm opens to community

Buckeye Farm News

More than 150 Farm Bureau members from Erie and surrounding counties made their way to the farm of Ohio Farm Bureau Vice President and Erie County Farm Bureau member Sparky Weilnau for a fun-filled educational event.

“We were hoping to attract many of our members who belong to Farm Bureau due to one or more of our member services but do not necessarily have a background in agriculture,” said Amanda Denes, OFBF organization director in Erie, Huron and Lorain counties.

According to Denes, the Erie County Farm Bureau board of trustees heard about an event in Michigan and decided to do something similar but with an Erie County twist. Those in attendance had the opportunity to meet the members of the board of trustees, to hear their story of farming and why they are Farm Bureau members. They were also able to tour the farm, which produces popcorn, field corn, soybeans and wheat. Plus there was plenty of locally produced food to taste.

“We also wanted to highlight several of our member benefits, so representatives of Nationwide Insurance, Medical Mutual of Ohio and Grainger were on hand to meet with those in attendance,” Denes said. “Plus we also had a representative from the Humane Society of Erie County in attendance. This is an organization we hope to work closely with.”

The Erie County Farm Bureau board of trustees is already discussing the potential of hosting similar events in the future.


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Photo courtesy of Erie County Farm Bureau

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