The Our Ohio Grow and Know series offers a number of tours, dining events, how-to seminars and learning activities focused on Ohio farms and food.
Grow and Know events vary across the state, but all provide opportunities for the community to engage in conversations about food and agriculture.
Guests can experience the sights, tastes and sounds of Ohio agriculture as the events are held on local orchards, barns, pastures, wineries and more. As a Farm Bureau member benefit, many of the events are free or offered at reduced rates to members.
Check out the list of upcoming events below or view the complete event details on the calendar of events at the bottom of the page. If there’s not an event scheduled near you, consider inviting friends or family members to join you in attending a Grow and Know event while exploring an area of the state you’ve never visited.
We hope you’ll join us at a Grow and Know event soon.
Farm Bureau Fest: A Member Benefit Expo and Personal Development Opportunity
Jan. 24 | Register by Jan. 21
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tri Rivers Career Center, Marion
Join Farm Bureau for a morning of development, networking, farm to table cooking demonstrations, fun and more. Bring the whole family and find out what your membership is really worth. Bring a nonmember and receive a special gift. This day features two training opportunities. A Nationwide Insurance Land as Your Legacy seminar provides specialists to work one-on-one as you consider generational transition planning for your farming operation. The second training opportunity will be four safety training sessions. Attend at least two of the four sessions to receive your Workers’ Compensation Group Rating certification requirement for the year. When not in training, visit our partners – such as Case IH, Grainger, Nationwide Agribusiness, GM, Sherwin Williams and more – and learn about the savings opportunities your membership affords you and your family. County Farm Bureau activities will be on display too, highlighting the great work each does and illustrating how your membership helps build a better community. Have a question about water quality, CAUV, oil and gas leasing, the farm bill or other policy issues? Ohio Farm Bureau specialists will speak with you directly about issues that matter to your community. There will be supervised children’s activities, featuring an animal presentation from the Columbus Zoo. So bring the whole family and attend the development sessions while your kids have fun learning about animals, food and farming. A buffet style lunch will be served.
Registration: Required for all attendees. Register online at ofbf.marion.org or call Marion County Farm Bureau at 740-383-2158
Miniature Gardens and Terrariums Workshop
Jan. 24 | RSVP by Jan. 22
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Hoen's Garden Center, Holland
Join Lucas County Farm Bureau for an opportunity to learn how to handcraft a miniature garden or terrarium specifically for indoors. The free workshop includes instruction, soil for your creation and refreshments. Attendees need to bring a container or purchase one at the garden center, and a large assortment of plants, miniatures, soil toppers and more are available for purchase.
Registration: Contact Lucas County Farm Bureau at 800-333-8015 or email@example.com.
Lorain County Farm Bureau 2nd Annual Brunch with a Farmer
Feb. 14 | RSVP by Feb. 6
Lorain County Community College Spitzer Conference Center, Elyria
Cost: $10, plus a non-perishable food item
Come and meet Lorain County farmers and enjoy local foods prepared by Lorain County Community College Culinary Arts students. Have a chance to talk with local farmers, plus enter to win door prizes. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio along with any non-perishable food donations collected.
Registration: Contact Lorain County Farm Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-877-0706.
Huron County Farm Bureau and Chamber of Commerce Home and Business Show
Feb. 28 | No registration required
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Norwalk Middle School, Norwalk
Huron County Farm Bureau and the Huron County Chamber of Commerce invite you to the Home and Business Show. This event showcases more than 70 area businesses. Huron County Farm Bureau will have demonstrations and displays from Trent Nationwide Agency; Gardner’s SuperValu with Ohio Proud products, and cupcake and cake decorating; Huron Soil and Water Conservation District and more.
Winter Wine Weekend
General Denver Hotel, Wilmington
The weekend includes a two-night stay, all meals, a winery tour, wine tasting and cooking demonstration, crafting, exploring downtown Wilmington and the season opening of the Clinton County Farmers Market. The event is an Ohio Farm Bureau grow and know partnership among Clinton County Farmers Market, Buy Local First Clinton County and Clinton County Memorial Hospital.
Farm Bureau members receive a $50 discount.
Registration: Contact the General Denver Hotel at 937-383-4141.
Farm Bureau Community Breakfasts
Connect with others, meet local farmers and enjoy a good meal at these events. Many feature locally grown products and are collecting donations for local food banks and animal shelters in an effort to give back to the community. Get complete details at each county’s website.
April 11 | 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Feb. 7 | 7 a.m.to 10:30 a.m.
March 14 | 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
March 21 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
April 18 | 8 a.m. to 11a.m.
Feb. 28 | 7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Cost: 50 cents
March 12 | 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
March 28 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
March 21 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Feb. 28 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.