Over 50 urban farmers attending the Urban Farmer Network Event heard from three start up urban farm owners who shared their challenges and successes and offered advice to help others interested in farming on a smaller scale.

“This was a great way to connect and learn from fellow Cleveland farmers”, said Debbie Sillett, who helps manage Stearns Homestead Farmers Market in Parma. The event, hosted by the Ohio State University Extension – Cuyahoga, provided attendees time to visit with other urban farmers to help their farm business succeed. 

The evening ended with those who shared a need, want, offer of assistance or opportunity.  School gardens, free manure, compost, irrigation, beekeeping classes and youth opportunities were presented. Information on all of these offers and other educational resources are available from OSU Extension-Cuyahoga.

Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau sponsored the Urban Farmer Network event held Jan. 15, 2020. 

I'm eternally grateful for the support Ohio Farm Bureau scholarships provided in helping me turn my dreams into reality.
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Bethany Starlin

Hocking County Farm Bureau

Available scholarships
I see the value and need to be engaged in the community I live in, to be a part of the decision-making process and to volunteer with organizations that help make our community better.
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Matt Aultman

Darke County Farm Bureau

Leadership development
With not growing up on a farm, I’d say I was a late bloomer to agriculture. I feel so fortunate that I found the agriculture industry. There are so many opportunities for growth.
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Jenna Gregorich

Coshocton County Farm Bureau

Growing our Generation
Labor has always been an issue, mainly because we are a seasonal operation. So that's a challenge finding somebody who only wants to work three months out of a year, sometimes up to six months.
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Mandy Way

Way Farms

Business Solutions
Farm Bureau involvement has taught me how to grow my professional and leadership experience outside of the workforce and how to do that in a community-centric way.
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Jaclyn De Candio

Clark County Farm Bureau

Young Ag Professionals program
If it wasn't for Farm Bureau, I personally, along with many others, would not have had the opportunity to meet with our representatives face to face in Washington.
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Austin Heil

Hardin County Farm Bureau

Washington, D.C. Leadership Experience
So many of the issues that OFBF and its members are advocating for are important to all Ohioans. I look at OFBF as an agricultural watchdog advocating for farmers and rural communities across Ohio.
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Mary Smallsreed

Trumbull County Farm Bureau

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