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.
Richland County Farm To Plate
Aug. 2, Aug. 23, Sept. 6, Sept. 13
No registration required
10 a.m. typically lasts one hour
Shelby Farmers' Market, Shelby
This summer, the Hazel Grove Farm Bureau Community Council and Shelby Farmers Market bring fresh food demonstrations from local chefs and restaurants with how-to steps and do-it-at-home recipes. Partners include Richland County Farm Bureau, Richland Community Development Group, Creating Healthy Communities, MedCentral Hospitals, Shelby FFA and Shelby Foundation.
For information, contact Richland County Farm Bureau at 419-747-7488 or email@example.com, or visit richland.ofbf.org and Facebook.
Sept. 13 | Register by Aug 30 to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Same day registration available.
Marion Salem United Methodist Church, Caledonia
Join Marion County Farm Bureau for its third annual Harvest Hustle - a four mile run/walk to help fund the Farm to Family Program. Celebrate the harvest season by participating in a race through the country. Race day activities include a petting zoo, wagon rides and a kid’s fun run.
Huron County Farm Tour
Sept. 13 | No registration required
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Farms in Huron County
Experience agriculture in Huron County on this drive-it-yourself farm tour. Visit four diverse farms in southwestern Huron County including Bar Lee Jerseys dairy farm, the Muck Crops Agricultural Research Station, which is part of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and Feichtner Farms Inc. beef farm.
For information, contact Huron County Farm Bureau at 888-292-6442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1st Annual Highland County Farm Tour
Sept. 13 | Register by Sept. 8
Hosted by Highland County Farm Bureau and the Highland Soil & Water Conservation District, four stops will be made at the following: J Boeckmann Farms, Roberts Farm, Millstone Creek and Boike Farms. A country style meal will be served at J Boeckmann Farms, following the farm tour. Activities, including a Square Dance, following the meal will be hosted by the Farm Bureau Young Ag Professionals.
Call Highland County Farm Bureau for reservations at 937-378-2212, 888-378-2212 or email email@example.com by Sept. 8. Pre-registration is required to attend. Children required to ride in car restraints must ride in personal vehicles with car seats.
Farm Science Review Bus Trip with Lorain and Cuyahoga County Farm Bureaus
Sept. 17 | Register by Sept.12
6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Farm Science Review, London
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $20; nonmember: $30
Join fellow Farm Bureau members on a chartered bus to Farm Science Review. Tour hundreds of demonstration areas and explore several million dollars worth of equipment. Garden displays, farm safety, home safety and health information, plus arts and crafts exhibits will be available. The fee includes charter bus transportation and admission. The tour will stop for dinner on the return trip at participant’s own cost.
Registration: Contact Farm Bureau at 440-877-0706, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Movie on the Farm
5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Lost Creek Reserve, Troy
Cost: Free, food available for purchase
Join Miami County Farm Bureau for a fun filled evening with tractors, games, dancing the movie "Barnyard" at dark and more. Try your hand at the grain sack race, corn grinding, straw bale toss and cow milking. There will be farm animals, too.
Games run from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and the square dance runs from 6 to 7 p.m. Miami County Cattlemen's Association will be selling food; popcorn will be free. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair.
Covered Bridge Festival Pie Baking Contest
Sept. 20 | Pre-register by Sept. 12
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Pottersburg Bridge, North Lewisburg
Submit your favorite pie recipe in the Covered Bridge Festival Pie Baking Contest. Enter fruit pies in the Ohio Grown category or the Other category for nut or any nondairy pie. Submissions need to be at the festival by 10:30 a.m. for judging at noon. Don't forget to stop at noon and enjoy a baking demonstration, sponsored by Union County Farm Bureau. For more information on festival activities such as the bridge agriculture tour and more, visit coveredbridgefestival.com.
For information, contact Union County Farm Bureau at 800-451-8908 or union.ofbf.org
Shelby County Farm Tour
Sept. 21 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Taking place in northwest Shelby County, stop out and visit the Frankenburg Dairy's new robotic milking machines, Harvest Sun Farms’ unique vegetable business, Paradise Acre's cow operation and Hubbard Feeds production operation. Lots of fun stop additions, like the soils trailer and Elsa the milking cow.
Contact Shelby County Farm Bureau at 877-775-7642 or visit shelby.ofbf.org for more information.
Sept. 24 | Register by Sept.19
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Brown's Family Farm Market, Ross
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $10; nonmember: $20
Join Butler County Farm Bureau for a evening of fun learning about pumpkins, gourds and squash. Guests will have an Indian corn "make and take" craft, plus hear from Jody Brown Boyd of Brown's Family Farm Market and local floral designer Julie Ott about creative fall decorating ideas for inside and out. Take advantage of special discounts at Brown's Family Farm Market on select fall decorations, just for Grow and Know attendees.
Registration: Contact Butler County Farm Bureau at 513-844-8371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learning Tree Farm Seventh Annual Autumn Fest
Sept. 27 | No registration required
10 a.m to 4 p.m
Learning Tree Farm, Dayton
The annual Autumn Fest features pony rides, hay rides, conservation exhibits, demonstrations, sheep herding, kids games, farm animals and more. Montgomery County Farm Bureau volunteers will be on hand to answer questions about agriculture and the organization’s local activities.
For information, contact Montgomery SWCD at 937-854-7645 or visit MontgomerySWCD.org.
Lorain County Fall Farm Tour
Sept. 27 | No registration required
Noon to 5 p.m.
Farms throughout Lorain County
This drive-it-yourself tour will feature five different farms. Door prizes will be awarded to select winners who visit all five farms on the tour. Start the tour in any order or followed the numbered stops.
Stop 1: Klingshirn Winery Inc., 33050 Webber Rd., Avon Lake.
Stop 2: Windy Ridge Farm, 3442 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon. Please enter at Tom’s Country Place.
Stop 3: Trillium Farms, 4431 Stoney Ridge Rd., Avon. Trillium Farms has been a family farm since the 1920s.
Stop 4: Willoway Nurseries Inc., 4534 Center Rd. (Route 83), Avon. Willoway Nurseries Inc. is family owned and been operating for 60 years.
Stop 5: Fitch’s Farm Market, 4413 Center Rd. (Route 83), Avon. Fitch’s Farm Market is in its seventh generation of operation.
A poster of the door prizes will be posted at all of the stops. Farm Bureau volunteers will be at every stop to talk with you about current agricultural issues and Farm Bureau membership.
Ashland County Farm Tour
Sept. 27 | 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sept. 28 | 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tour southern Ashland County around the scenic Mohican Wilderness.
Maps available at Stop #1, Ayers Dairy Farm, 820 State Route 39, Perrysville
Portage County Farm Bureau “Drive It Yourself” Farm Tour 2014
Sept. 27 | Noon to 4 p.m.
Visit Beckwith Orchards, Inc., Brugmann Farms, Mackenzie Creamery, Sand Hill Stable, LLC and Lazy Bee.
Night out with ‘Farmland’
Sept. 28 | No registration required
6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sidney Auto-vue Drive In, Sidney
Cost: Free with canned food item donation
Shelby, Logan and Auglaize County Farm Bureaus are sponsoring a screening of the film Farmland. This fun-filled evening features live music by local band Shelby County Line, a chili cook off and fun activities before the movie. Join us to become inspired by agriculture and the people who make it great.
For information, contact Shelby County Farm Bureau at 877-775-7642 or email@example.com.
Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas
"Straight From the Heart" A Women's Wellness Event
Oct. 4 | Register by: Hotel – Aug. 15; Event – Sept. 5
8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Union Hill Church and Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $20; nonmember: $25
(includes continental breakfast, lunch and dinner)
"Half-Stitched, The Musical” tickets: $27
Join Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas County Farm Bureaus for Straight From the Heart, an informative day of fun, learning and fellowship in the heart of Amish Country. Experts will share information on a variety of topics that matter most to women.
The morning keynote speaker is Kim Davis. She resides with her husband Todd and their three children on a Angus and Simmental beef cattle farm in Carroll County. She served as the Ohio Farm Bureau District 13 state trustee for nine years and owns the Kim Davis Agency, where she is a Nationwide agent known for her expertise in farm insurance. Davis is a cancer survivor, having been diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer in April 2013. Her story is one of determination and courage.
The lunch keynote speaker is Dr. Chinyere Orafu, a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist with a special interest in laser technology and aesthetics. Orafu is well known for her attention to detail as well as her caring attitude toward her patients’ needs.
Learning Sessions include Recognizing the Symptoms, Managing the Stress In Your Life, Healthy Eating with Style, Cooking with Apples and Pumpkins, Decorating for the Holidays, Happy Feet, The Wonderful World of Food, Come "Yoga" with Me, Don’t Even Think About It! Self Defense, Get Your Affairs in Order, Insuring Your Family for Their Future, Understanding Your Financial Statements/Credit Report, Heart Health, Healthy Snacks for Munchy Mouths and Farmtastic Agventures, Google Hangouts
The evening concludes at the Carlisle Inn with "Half-Stitched, The Musical,” the hit musical that asks: What could possibly go wrong when an Amish widow decides to teach a weekend quilting class? Throw in a biker, a Marine, a quarrelsome couple, and a few more crazy characters and see what happens. A limited block of rooms is reserved at the Carlisle Inn for the event. Stay Friday night, Saturday night or both. Rooms are $159 per night (2 queen beds). Call the Carlisle Inn at 855-411-2275 to make reservations.
Registration: For information contact:
Carroll/Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau 888.265.2090, firstname.lastname@example.org
Harrison County Farm Bureau 740.945.0386, email@example.com
Jefferson County Farm Bureau 740.266.6603, firstname.lastname@example.org
42nd Annual Belmont County FREE Drive-It-Yourself Rubberneck Tour
Oct. 5 | 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Self-driving tour at no cost except what you might purchase, including food. Highlighting agriculture with participation by the Cattlemen Association, Dairy Committee, Master Gardeners, Homemakers and more.
For more information, visit Belmont County Tourism or call 740-695-4359.
Stark County Farm Bureau “Drive it Yourself” Farm Tour
Oct. 5 | 11a.m. to 5 p.m.
Visit Clardale Farms, Inc., Flight Path Farms, Halter Farms and Nickajack Farms while learning about agriculture in Stark County.
Eastern Franklin County Farm Tour
Oct. 5 | Register by Oct. 3
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Agriculture is the leading industry in Ohio. Enjoy the sights of the country side.
Visit the farms in any order at your leisure: Conrad Hive and Honey, Dill's Greenhouse Annual Fall Festival, Blystone Farm, Rock Mill and Rock Mill Covered Bridge and Slate Run Living Historical Farm.
Registration: 614-876-1274 or email@example.com
Wayne County Farm Tour
Oct. 11 | 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Oct. 12 | Noon to 6 p.m.
A tour of scenic northwestern Wayne County with stops comprised of large family farms and agribusinesses involved in processing and marketing agricultural commodities. Bring your children to learn about the many career opportunities related to agriculture other than actual farming.
For more information, contact Wayne County Farm Bureau at 330-263-7456, or visit or Wayne County Farm Bureau on Facebook. Pick up booklets from the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Wooster Chamber of Commerce, and numerous businesses around Wayne County.