Our shared connections to each other as Ohioans, to the places we live and work and to the foods we grow and eat, are the foundation of Ohio Farm Bureau’s programs. New technology is helping Farm Bureau members connect in new ways while local, face-to-face get togethers add meaning to these relationships. Whether you are looking to put an idea into action, to learn something new or to join with others who share your values, Ohio Farm Bureau can help you find your fit.
Connecting online is a great place to start.
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“One of the best benefits of Farm Bureau membership is the network of members with passion for food, agriculture and the rural lifestyle. We look forward to providing opportunities to share and learn through niche interests and communities.”
*From the daily conversations in the Our Ohio Cultivator Facebook group
“We are going to continue to produce as much of our own food as possible, so we are going to be raising a couple of steers, hogs, and sheep this year in addition to turkeys, ducks, broilers and meat rabbits. Our new root cellar and canning room was just finished so we are also going to be storing vegetables in the root cellar for the first time this year. I’m really hoping to make much of our additional food purchases local as well.”
“We are going to expand our small garden too! We noticed it really did cut down on our food bill a lot. At least by half during the summer and harvest months. We ate fresh right from our garden. We have frozen most of our goods for winter and still are using them. I would love to learn how to raise meats and poultry as well but do not have the know how once it is raised.”
“I’ve been buying holiday CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) baskets from a local organization for the last few years. My Christmas CSA came with turnips. Having never prepared turnips before, I could use some suggestions or recipes. I did enjoy mashed turnips at the Modern Snack Bar in Aquabogue, N.Y. many years ago, but what are the best techniques for cooking turnips?”
“They are great in soups. Wash and cut into 1” cubes and toss in a based soup or stew. Also good roasted.”
*From the Ohio’s Advisory Council Facebook group, one of several online networks where Farm Bureau members connect.
“Our community has began the discussion of education and workforce development. Since the majority of the community is rural, there is a conversation to move to specialized education that suits each child instead of mainstreaming them on a general education plan. Are you seeing in your neighborhoods the push for more vocational education or the traditional route to go to brick-and-mortar university education?”
~ Matt Aultman, Darke County
“Hopefully we can get some new young folks who will take the time to get together with their friends and neighbors again and discuss the agricultural issues in a grassroots sort of way as our organization is intended.”
~Carol Hoffman, Tuscarawas County
“Who are some of the groups or organizations that your countyFarm Bureau could partner with to make your community a better place?”
~Nicki Gordon-Coy, Carroll County
*Many Ohio Farm Bureau members are opening up their farms via blogs and social networks. Find these and other farmer bloggers
“While we may always disagree on farming and husbandry practices I do value your perspective. I invite you to visit my website to check out my farm. If you ever have any questions in the future that I may be able to answer, feel free to shoot me an email. You are always welcome to share your thoughts with me and ask for feedback, farming or just life in general, I am open to the conversation.”
~Mike Haley of Wayne County commenting on The Backyarditarian blog.
“Although our farm is very small, I have a great appreciation of how large farmers farm. I also get to see firsthand the practices that they use and learn if I do not already know why things are done the way they are. I also understand how both very large and very small farms can serve vital roles in our food supply.”
~Kristin Reese, a blogger and farmer from Fairfield County
“It is a combination of hard work and really smart soil scientists that help me manage all the nutrients of a field to keep it in excellent health. Here is an article that explains a lot more about the really smart people that are working on this management issue.
~Charles Wildman, a blogger and farmer from Clark County
Ohio Farm Bureau is here to help people work together. Let us know what you want to do. Email ideas to [email protected].