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 Community Breakfast
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.
April 18 | 8 a.m. to 11a.m.
Butler County Farm Day
May 2 | No RSVP required
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Double J Farm, Hamilton
Enjoy a fun-filled day at the Butler County Farm Day. Tour the Double J Farm and interact with various farm animals, learn about conservation practices, and participate in demonstrations from Butler County commodity groups. This event is free and is presented by Butler County Farm Bureau, Ohio State University Extension, Butler Soil and Water Conservation District and Natural Resources Conservation Service.
For more information, contact Butler County Farm Bureau at 513-844-8371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm Fiber to Fashion
May 16 | RSVP by May 13
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm, Swanton
Join Lucas County Farm Bureau at Sunny Meade Alpaca Farm, home to 30 alpacas, to watch as alpaca fiber is transformed from animal fiber to a variety of clothing items. This event features the shearing of the animal, spinning and knitting of the fiber. Products will be available to purchase. Guests also have the opportunity to create their own felted soap for $5. Did you know that alpaca manure is great for gardens? It will be available for free to take home from the event.
Registration: Contact Lucas County Farm Bureau at 419-849-2128 or email@example.com.
Breakfast on the Farm
June 6 | Register by May 29
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Kramer Homestead, Plain City
You are invited to a breakfast on the farm at the Kramer Homestead (Yutzy’s Farm Market). Talk to local farmers and learn more about how food is produced. Enjoy made-to-order omelets while dining under a tent in the pasture. Guests can see and interact with many farm animals, plus “milk” Bessie the cow. Kids can participate in a fun scavenger hunt to learn more about animals and how to grow grain crops. The breakfast is free but requires advanced registration.
Registration: Contact Franklin County Farm Bureau at 800-451-8908 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Morgan County Pork Chop BBQ
June 6 | RSVP by June 1
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Riecker Building, McConnelsville
Cost: Farm Bureau members - free; nonmembers - $5
Enjoy a delicious pork chop BBQ dinner prepared by Morgan County Farm Bureau members. Hear about the most recent work of Farm Bureau and listen to a safety speaker discuss animal handling safety.
Registration: Contact Morgan County Farm Bureau at 800-964-8184 or email@example.com
Clinton County Lamb Jam
June 12–14 | RSVP by June 1
Friday 4 p.m. to Sunday 11 a.m.
General Denver Hotel, Wilmington
Cost: Ohio Farm Bureau members - $400 (includes two-night hotel stay and meals); nonmembers - $450
Come to the General Denver Hotel for the second annual Lamb Jam Weekend. The event includes a tour of local farms in Clinton County and dinner prepared with local products featuring the hotel’s favorite lamb recipes, paired with local beers and wines. Visit the farmers market, tour downtown Wilmington's quaint shops and enjoy local acoustic music. Sponsored in part by Clinton County Farm Bureau and Clinton Memorial Hospital.
Registration: Contact the General Denver Hotel at 937.383.4141 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Paulding County Farmers Care Breakfast
June 13 | Registration not required
8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Paulding County Fairgrounds Pavilion, Paulding
Join Paulding County Farm Bureau for its community breakfast. Meet local farmers and enjoy sausage gravy and biscuits, pancakes, fruit, rolls and muffins. The event is free, but donations are appreciated.
For more information, contact Paulding County Farm Bureau at 419-523-5874 or email email@example.com
Breakfast on the Farm at Sandland Farms
June 13 | RSVP by June 6
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Sandland Farms, Swanton
Come and learn firsthand about modern food production practices and meet the farm families who work hard to produce a safe, wholesome food supply for Ohio communities and the world. Enjoy a breakfast featuring an Ohio-grown and produced menu as well as a farm tour, educational stations with children's activities and wagon rides. This event is presented by Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Williams and Wood County Farm Bureaus, Fulton County OSU Extension, and Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District.
Registration: Register online. For more information, contact Farm Bureau at 419-445-0723.
Young Family Farm Connections - Wine & Shine Tour
June 13 | RSVP by May 29
11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, Newark
Cost: Farm Bureau members –- $25/person or $40/couple
Join young couples and individuals as they tour and taste the wine and moonshine created in Licking County. The tour includes stops at a variety of wineries and distilleries including Buckeye Winery where participants will enjoy lunch, wine tasting, bottling and labeling their own bottle. The next stop will be Sand Hollow Winery for more tasting, followed by a hike and tour of the property, then Mill Street Distillery for a tasting and history of the operation. At the end of the tour, the group returns to the DoubleTree Hotel for dinner and a social hour followed by a showing of the movie “Farmland.” Hotel rooms are available to book on your own. You must be 21 years or older and a Farm Bureau member to attend this event.
Registration: Contact Licking County Farm Bureau at 800-964-8184 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Muskingum County Farm Tour and Picnic
June 28 | RSVP by June 24
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Cox Seed Sales, Dresden
Cost: Farm Bureau members – $5; nonmembers – $15
Join Muskingum County Farm Bureau for its 2015 Farm Tour and Picnic at Cox Seed Sales Ltd., which specializes in DuPont Pioneer products. During the tour, experience the entire cycle of grain production – from the beginning stages of seed treatment through the final stage of grain storage. After lunch, breakout sessions include discussions on GMOs, corn plot tours, and the newest technologies being used on farms such as GPS equipment and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
Registration: Contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at 800-964-8184 or email@example.com
Young Agricultural Professionals Summer Farm Tours
June 27 | RSVP by May 29
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Miami County Fairgrounds, Troy
Cost: Ohio Farm Bureau members – $20; child – $5. You must be a Farm Bureau member to attend.
Join Ohio's Young Ag Professionals for a day of learning, fellowship and networking. Choose from one of four different farm tours:
Grand Lake St. Marys Conservation Tour and Moeller Brew Barn
Versailles Winery, Meadow View Growers and Buckeye Ag Testing, LLC
Bowman and Landes Turkeys, Indian Creek Distillery and Fulton Farms
Family tour to Young’s Jersey Dairy and Wright Patt Air Force Base
This event is open to all Ohio Farm Bureau members.