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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit richland.ofbf.org and Facebook.
Scavenger Hunt at the Allen County Fair
Aug. 15–23 | No registration required
11 a.m. - 8 p.m. each day
Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima
Allen County Farm Bureau is hosting a scavenger hunt at the Allen County Fair. Explore the livestock barns and conservation area to learn more about agriculture, with a chance to win prizes.
For more information, contact Allen County Farm Bureau at 800-260-3499 or email@example.com.
A Taste of Summer
Aug. 23 | Register by Aug. 1
5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Kauffman Farm, Danville
A Taste of Summer showcases the beautiful farm of Keith and Carma Jo Kauffman and the surrounding Danville community while raising funds for United Way of Knox County. The evening will begin with a sampling of Ohio-produced wine and beer accompanying delicious hors d'oeuvres. The meal will be catered by local Smithhisler Catering’s Chef Rick Rollinger, who has created a delectable menu just for this event. The four-course dinner takes place overlooking the beautiful rolling hills, where participants can observe agriculture practices that are used to raise the food and fiber for the community.
Registration: Contact Knox County Farm Bureau at 800-964-8184 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kids’ Dream Day at the Van Wert County Fair
Aug. 28 – 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. | Aug. 30 – 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Aug. 31 – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
No registration required
Van Wert County Fairgrounds, Van Wert
Cost: Farm Bureau member: free; nonmember: $5 per person, $10 per family
Paulding and Van Wert County Farm Bureaus are once again making kids’ (and adults’) dreams to come true with its third annual Kids’ Dream Day event. Channel your “inner farmer” and drive a tractor on the fairgrounds track.
For information, contact Van Wert County Farm Bureau at 419-523-5874 or email@example.com.
Taste of Fairfield: Local Foods “Chopped” competition
Sept. 4 | No registration required
4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
JD Equipment, Lancaster
Join Fairfield County Farm Bureau for its Taste of Fairfield. Sample food from more than 25 vendors and watch meat cooking demonstrations and a local food preparation competition.
For information, contact Fairfield County Farm Bureau at 740-474-6284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Taste of Crawford County
Sept. 4 | Register by Sept. 2
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Crawford County Fairgrounds Youth Building, Bucyrus
Cost: Farm Bureau members - $10; nonmembers - $15
Join Crawford County Farm Bureau for the second annual A Taste of Crawford County. This event, a partnership among Crawford County Farm Bureau and area organizations, offers a unique opportunity for the community to gather with farmers, to eat delicious, locally produced food, and to address concerns and misconceptions related to farming.
Registration: Contact Crawford County Farm Bureau at 419-747-7488 or email@example.com. For more information, visit crawford.ofbf.org.
Goats: Kidding around at Farm City Day
Sept. 6 | No registration required
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Muskingum County Fairgrounds, Zanesville
Farm Bureau, OSU Extension, SWCD, Farm Service Agency, and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting the 20th Annual Farm City Day. Come out and visit the more than 40 displays and exhibits. There will be breeds of goats, pack goat demonstrations, a scavenger hunt, kid's make and take crafts, story telling, a baking contest, a quilt contest, the Home Depot VIP Goat Building Contest, wagon rides and much more.
For information, contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800.964-8184
Farm to Plate: A Food Dialogue
Sept. 9 | Register by Aug. 22
5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Toledo Zoo, Toledo
Cost: Farm Bureau Members: $15; nonmembers: $20; Students: $10
Farm to Plate: A Food Dialogue is a premier event in Lucas County that will be held at The Toledo Zoo (voted first place in the USA Today Reader's Choice Award for 2014) Nairobi Pavilion. The event features an agricultural fair showcasing Lucas County producers and businesses. Enjoy a locally produced dinner prepared by the award-winning catering department at the Toledo Zoo. The highlight of the evening will be the panel discussion focusing on something that affects us all: our food source. Hear from experts regarding topics important to the community including water quality, livestock production and urban agriculture.
Registration: Contact Lucas County Farm Bureau at 419-849-2128 or lucas.ofbf.org.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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
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
Lorain County Farm Bureau invites you to the 2014 Fall Farm Tour. This drive-it-yourself tour will showcase the diversity of agriculture in northern Lorain County. Farms featured on the tour include: Klingshirn Winery, Windy Ridge Farm, Fitch’s Farm Market, Tommy Hricovec’s farm and Willoway Nurseries.
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