Volunteers help harvest cabbage for donation in Preble County

When Mother Nature sent lemons, Osswald Family Farms and the Ohio Association of Foodbanks made lemonade – or slaw as the case may be. The cabbage crop at Osswalds’ Preble County farm suffered under the stress of the excessive heat this summer, making the perfectly edible cabbage impossible to sell.
Fred Osswald, and his brother Lane Osswald, an OFBF board member, worked to make the best of an unfortunate situation, resulting in the donation of more than 200,000 pounds of cabbage donated to foodbanks in Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Cleveland and Louisville, Ky. The donation was coordinated with the help of Erin Wright with the Ohio Association of Foodbanks in Columbus.

“We saw an opportunity to allow many people to eat a product that was still very safe and available,” Lane Osswald said. “We were able to find volunteers to help make the donation possible.”

The cabbage was harvested by more than 50 volunteers from Preble County Farm Bureau, National Trail FFA, Preble Shawnee FFA, Twin Valley South FFA, Boy Scout Troop 96 in New Madison, Boy Scout Troop 107 in West Alexandria, Jesse Trucking, Farm Credit Mid-America, National Trail High School, Montgomery County Farm Bureau, Ware’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Kelly Houser with Grainger, Inc., Drew Dunkle with Nationwide Insurance, and the Osswald cabbage crew.

Farm Bureau Member Benefits partner Grainger also donated 12 dozen gloves as part of the overall effort.
If you would like to take part in community building activites such as this, contact your county Farm Bureau office.




Kelli Milligan Stammen is director of publications for the Ohio Farm Bureau.