Muskingum County Farm Bureau has always held a summer picnic for its members, but this year there are plans to change it up. To add more value to the picnic, the organization will be providing opportunity for conversations about the farm and agriculture.
This June 24 Grow and Know event at Sands Family Farm will include a delicious meal held in a beautiful bank barn, followed by a farm tour.
“We are hoping to get a lot more associate members to attend this year by having it on a farm,” said Kari Burkey, Muskingum County organization director. “A board member will host the event on his farm and have stations for people to walk through where he and his family can talk about their beef, chicken, and hay operation and the conservation practices they use.”
James McDonald, Muskingum County Farm Bureau president, said that the county hopes to attract both farmer members and nonfarmer members alike because both will find value in the experience.
“We think the active members will appreciate seeing the facilities and hopefully get some ideas of what they could use on their own operations. For the associate members, we can show them how cattle and chickens are raised and they can talk with some of the folks who are raising their food,” he said. “They can interact with some farmers, ask questions about how their food is raised, see different methods of production and enjoy a great meal.”
The event will be held from 1 p.m to 3 p.m. and is free to Farm Bureau members and $10 for nonmembers. Contact the Muskingum County Farm Bureau office to register, or for more information.
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