In a decade-long tradition, the Farmer’s Share Breakfast has supported the community in various ways. For the second year, all donations and sponsorships raised at the breakfast were donated to the Licking County 4-H camp program.
The annual event is hosted by Licking County Farm Bureau as a way to connect the community with their agricultural roots. Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in Ohio with one in eight jobs connected to the food and fiber industries.
In addition to breakfast, which was served at a cost of a donation, visitors could browse the Farm Scene Display contest and vote for their favorite display. Breakfast was served by elected officials and candidates who created each person’s made-to-order omelet or served pancakes and sausage. The entire event was made possible by over 50 volunteers and their time is greatly appreciated.
The term “Farmer’s Share” has come to mean many things over the years. Initially, it was a representation of the portion of money paid to a farmer when purchasing a typical restaurant breakfast (less than $1). It also celebrates the importance of a farmer sharing his or her story about agriculture. In other ways, it also acknowledges the farmer’s share of responsibility in supporting the community. Regardless of the definition, the event is making an impact.
This year, the Farmer’s Share Breakfast raised almost $7,000 in sponsorships and donations. The overhead costs for the breakfast are supported through the annual County Farm Bureau budget as well as grants from Nationwide Insurance, allowing all donations collected at the breakfast to be given directly to the 4-H program. Through the generosity of the Licking County community as well as Granville Kiwanis, Licking County 4-H was able to lower the cost of camp for every child by $30. In addition, Licking County Farm Bureau has pledged to provide an additional $50 toward camp for every child of a Farm Bureau member.
Licking County Farm Bureau believes that leaders are formed through programs such as 4-H. When the community supports these programs, they are helping to build future leaders, business owners, politicians and influencers.