With temperatures starting to cool, now is a good time to head out to the three northwestern Ohio farms that are showcasing both new and traditional conservation practices that help prevent nutrient runoff. These farms are participating in the Blanchard River Demonstration Farms Network, a five-year, $1 million project in the Western Lake Erie Basin. Ohio Farm Bureau and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service are partners on the project.
The farms are open to individuals and groups. Set up a tour by contacting Aaron Heilers at [email protected] or 937-726-7506.
For a glimpse of what you’ll see on the farms, check out the video of a recent field day held at one of the participating farms, Kurt Farms in Dunkirk in Hardin County.
That event drew more than 180 people and had multiple partners, including Hardin Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio Farm Bureau, The Nature Conservancy in Ohio, Putnam Soil and Water Conservation District, Ohio State University Extension, John Deere, Findlay Implement, local landowners, Ohio Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Natural Resources and the Demo Farms Network.
The other demonstration farms are Kellogg Farms in Forest and Stateler Family Farms in McComb. Schedule your tour today!