Those interested in learning about a nearby business striving to keep aspects of food production local should read the latest issue of Our Ohio magazine. This month’s issue features Galion’s Rus-Men Farms where beef, pork and chicken are raised.
The 120-acre farm, in existence since 1830, is run by Russ and Mendy Sellman and their children Jesse, Emely and Elaina. Much of the farm’s land is rented out to local neighbors to grow corn, soy and grain. The other part of the land is reserved as a pasture for their Holstein herd, and is home to their pigs and chickens.
The Sellmans have been selling meats for 12 years and are passionate about working with and supporting local businesses. For example, the farm’s beef and pork is processed at Links Country Meat, less than 10 miles away in Crestline. The Sellmans also prefer to purchase their feed and seed, equipment and building materials through local merchants, if possible.
“We think it’s our responsibility to seek out local businesses first to keep the economy strong in our area,” said Mendy.
For the full article, including several summertime grilling recipes, visit OurOhio.org, the magazine’s website dedicated to providing expert information on topics such as Ohio gardening, travel, cooking, community involvement, and where to buy Ohio farm products locally. Or, to receive Our Ohio magazine, sign up to become a Farm Bureau member by calling 1.888.GrowWithFB or visiting GrowWithFB.org.
Our Ohio is an effort to help further Ohio Farm Bureau’s mission of forging a partnership between farmers and consumers and is supported by Nationwide Insurance.