As the 2016 Ohio Farm Bureau intern for Auglaize, Logan, Mercer, Shelby and Union Counties, my summer has been filled with many great events that I have had the pleasure of helping with.
Starting in Logan County the Farm Bureau had scheduled a “Farm to Fork Dinner” for community members. The 110 attendees enjoyed a meal prepared with some of Logan County’s finest produce. The dinner was followed by an auction of locally donated items, where the proceeds were given to a local charity as well as the Logan County Farm Bureau Scholarship Fund. Another project that I enjoyed helping complete was the Indian Lake rain garden. The Farm Bureau partnered with the Indian Lake Watershed, the Soil and Water Conservation District and a local 4-H group to construct a rain garden along the Indian Lake bike path. During the Logan County Fair, the Farm Bureau held a cookie decorating contest for the youth of Logan County along with passing out about 300 Farm Bureau T-shirts to the 4-H and FFA members at the fair.
During the beginning of the summer, I had the privilege to help with the 2016 “Minecraft Exploring Conservation” Shelby County Conservation Day Camp. This three-day camp was a huge success with 135 campers in attendance. At the Shelby County Fair, the Farm Bureau had a day where children could come in and spend time doing a nature craft. It was so much fun getting to help and see all of the creativity from the youth of Shelby County. I have also been really busy working on things for the Shelby County Farm Tour, from going to different farms taking pictures to creating brochures for the tour.
In Union County, I had the chance to attend the “Strawberry Picking and Wine Tasting” event at Mitchell’s Berries where we helped to promote Farm Bureau and the many great things it has to offer. The Union County Farm Bureau also held “Shooting for a Cure” with the Richwood Gun Club. This event helped to promote gun safety and help raise money for cancer research. Along with those events, I have been busy with the Eat Local: Food Fights that have been held at the Union County Farmers Market. Area chefs create different dishes using locally grown ingredients. This three-part event helps to promote buying local as well as how to use locally grown produce in different ways.
Interning with the Ohio Farm Bureau was a great experience this summer. From attending the different county fairs, to helping at the many different events, I enjoyed being able to help promote all the benefits of Farm Bureau. At the beginning of the summer I set goals for myself and I was able to achieve them. One goal that I will continue to have is to help educate the public about the importance of agriculture and inspire them to be more involved in their local communities and to help support farmers all over the world.