By Phil Cobb, AgriPOWER Class IX participant
In session 5 of AgriPOWER we spent time on some of the issues close to home.
Tia Moretti, director of Statewide Substance Use and Social Services, provided the group with great information regarding the opioid crisis here in Ohio. We learned about how the epidemic is widespread across all of Ohio’s socioeconomic environments. Tia provided a great open discussion on what the state of Ohio is doing to provide help to those affected and pending actions.
The session also had time for a few farms tours. These are always a great time to find more information about agriculture in Ohio. Miedema Dairy was a great tour. Miedema Dairy is a 25-year-old family owned and operated dairy farm in Pickaway County, with over 1,300 cows today. A real life American Dream story — buying a farm thousands miles from their home in Holland and starting with only 120 cows. They are also recipients of the Ohio Dairy Producers Environmental Stewardship Award; it great to see a young farm succeeding.
We were able to see from the new farm and then visit part of Ross County’s history. We visited Hirsch Fruit Farm that dates back to the 1890s. It is still owned and operated by the Hirsch family; they continue to strive to uphold their traditions of quality and value. Even in the cold temperatures of Ohio in January we were still able to taste their quality apples. It is definitely worth stopping in and stocking up with fruit at their farm shop on Route 772 in Chillicothe. Many of the AgriPOWER member took full advantage of the this opportunity. Looking forward to the next session.
(Pictured is Chillicothe Mayor Luke Feeney talking about the county’s services that help those addicted to drugs.)