Participants in a progressive farm dinner event sponsored by the Ross County Farm Bureau dine on fruit and vegetables.

Farm Factor as an Education Experience

CHILLICOTHE — The Ross County Farm Bureau invited community members to a four-course dinner Sunday spanning four family farms, so they could better understand how their food goes from farm to fork.

It’s the farmers, however, who have had to show a little understanding this year. An unseasonably warm winter, coupled with an unusually dry summer, has local farmers on edge as they face harvests with low yields. A few farmers facing total losses have gone ahead and chopped down their crops.

Ohio Farm Bureau President Steve Hirsch, who helps run Hirsch Fruit Farm on Ohio 772, said the lack of moisture during the winter hurt fruit trees to the point some farms in Ohio still don’t have any apples or peaches.

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