Reaching out to the community is nothing new for the Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau.
In 2004 the Cleveland Mounted Police Unit was facing serious budget cuts forcing it to explore disbanding the unit. The Cuyahoga Equine Advisory Committee, a group of Farm Bureau members who have a passion for horses, organized a charity horse show and donated the proceeds to the unit, allowing it to stay intact, but with fewer horses. Since that time, a number of organizations and projects have benefitted from the annual charity horse show.
Anita Cook, Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau’s organization director, said the group is planning a 10th benefit horse show and the Cleveland Mounted Police unit will once again be the beneficiary. Now that the new casino has opened in downtown Cleveland, the horse unit has been reactivated. The Cleveland Mounted Police Unit will participate in this year’s show along with the Metroparks Rangers Mounted Unit. The event will take place July 7 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds.
In addition to helping those who protect the community, the Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau is helping others to beautify it. The Farm Bureau has partnered with the Cuyahoga Solid Waste District and the Ohio State University Extension Master Gardeners to host a “Trash Gardening Workshop.” The workshop will introduce residents to the idea of re-purposing items that might otherwise be trash by using them as flowering or vegetable art-scapes for their gardens. The workshop will be held June 21 at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. There will also be a new gardening class entry at the county fair as part of this program.