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.
BBQ Science Workshop
Sept. 5 | RSVP by Aug. 28
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Animal Science Building, Ohio State University, Columbus
$50 - Farm Bureau members only event
Just in time for Ohio State football tailgating season, join Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureaus to learn from experts on the science of grilling, barbecuing and smoking meat. Ohio State professors will discuss the science behind barbecuing beef, pork and lamb. Find out why you smoke brisket. Do you cook lamb differently than a pork chop? How does heat affect flavor? Then take a turn at preparing, grilling and enjoying your own culinary barbecue creation.Space is limited to 40 participants and last year’s event sold out, so enroll today.
Registration: Contact Delaware County Farm Bureau at 800-327-6055 or visit facebook.com/delawarecountyfarmbureau
Sept. 10 | RSVP by Sept. 3
Guided tours begin at 6 p.m., program starts at 6:30 p.m.
Chrisholm Farmstead, Trenton
COST: Farm Bureau members- $10; nonmembers- $20
Learn all about bees, the uses of honey products, and how to attract bees to your garden. Each attendee will receive a honey product, the book Fences and Farmsteads of Butler County, Ohio, and help to attract bees to their own garden. Co-sponsors are the Friends of Chrisholm Historic Farmstead and Metroparks of Butler County.
Registration: Contact Butler County Farm Bureau at 513-844-8371 or e-mail [email protected].
Cleveland Garlic Festival
Sept. 12 to13 | No registration required
Noon to 6 p.m.
Shaker Square, Cleveland
COST: $9; children $5
Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau is a sponsor of the Cleveland Garlic Festival. Funds from the festival allow North Union Farmers’ Market to operate markets weekly throughout the year in Greater Cleveland. With the help of 150 loyal farmers and producers, North Union Farmers Market will bring fresh, local, healthy food to more than 275,000+ customers this year. Attendees will enjoy garlic-themed food prepared by local chefs including everything from ice cream to oysters, an onsite celebrity chef Grill-Off, live music, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, taste and grow tents for children, and many more events and activities.
Farm City Day
Sept. 19 | No registration required
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Muskingum County Fairgrounds, Zanesville
Spill the beans about soybeans! Beans, beans, how important are they to the agriculture industry? Learn about the usage of soybeans for livestock feeds, human consumption, and by-products. There will be many informational displays, make and take crafts, a scavenger hunt, a petting zoo, storytime, antique farm equipment, a VIP soybean-bag toss and much more.
For more information: Contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at 800.964.8184 or [email protected].
Farm City Days
Sept. 19 and 20 | No registration required
Noon to 4 p.m.
Stearns Homestead, Parma
Come to this family fun event, with food, music, farm animals, a combine simulator, SKWorm and more. Bring your Farm Bureau membership card to get free farm animal feed coupons at the event.
For more information: [email protected] or call 440-877-0706.
Farm Science Review Bus Trip with Lorain and Cuyahoga County Farm Bureaus
Sept. 23 | RSVP by Sept. 16
6:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Farm Science Review, London
COST: Farm Bureau member- $20; nonmember-$40
Join fellow Farm Bureau members on a chartered bus trip to Farm Science Review. Tour hundreds of demonstrations areas and explore several million dollars worth of equipment. Garden displays, farm safety, home safety and health information, plus arts and crafts exhibits available. The fee includes charter bus transportation (pick up locations in Strongsville and Wellington) and admission. The tour will stop for dinner on the return trip at participant's own cost.
To register: 440-877-0706, or send email.
Hardin County ATV Tour
Sept. 26 | RSVP by Sept. 11
Upper Scioto Valley School, McGuffey
COST: Farm Bureau member: $10
Member only event
County Farm Bureau members will be taking an ATV tour through the western part of the county. While on the tour, make several stops at local farms to learn about different agriculture styles as well as learn about ATV safety and laws. Harding County Farm Bureau is partnering with Hardin County Soil and Water, OSU Extension, Nationwide, Ag Credit, and local FFA Chapters.
To register: 800-260-3499 or email.
Growing Success, Part 2 -Unlocking the Secrets in the Soil
Sept. 26 | RSVP by Sept. 18
9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Stearns Homestead, Parma
Urban farming requires healthy soil just like traditional farming. Come learn from experts about soil health, how to read a soil test analysis, the value of cover crops and management systems for vegetable production.
Registration: Call 216-524-6580 ext 13 or 440-877-0706.
Celebrating 200 Years of Agriculture
Oct. 3 | No registration required
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Tunis Farm, Zanesville
Join us to celebrate the past 200 years of agriculture in Muskingum County. All registered bicentennial farms and century farms will be recognized by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. There will be presentations about the first 100 years of Ohio agriculture, circuit riders, barn owls, How to start your family’s genealogy?, Bluebirds for Everyone, and many displays on the history of the area and how many of the agriculture organizations came about.
For more information: Contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at 800.964.8184 or via email
‘Harvest for Hospice’ Farm to Plate
Oct. 11 | Register by Oct. 1
4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Rivercrest Farm, Dover
COST: $100. Only 120 tickets available. Seating is limited.
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau is excited to partner with Ohio State University Extension for our first "Harvest for Hospice" Farm To Plate experience. Hosted at beautiful Rivercrest Farm, Chef Sherry Schie (Shy Cellars), Chef Matt Ridgeway (Hennis Care Center), Tom and Jen Ehlke (Pigs Next Door) and Dave Potts and Timmie Elliott (Applewood BBQ Catering) will be creating the delicious Farm To Plate meal. This unique event will raise funds for Community Hospice and increase awareness about how many locally grown foods we have readily accessible and the story behind them. Included in the event will be silent and live auctions. Come enjoy steak, chicken and ribs paired with the perfect wines and all of the delicious sides fall has to offer.
Registration: Tickets are available by contacting the Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau office 888-265-2090 or email at [email protected]
‘Straight From the Heart’ A Women's Wellness Event
Oct. 24 | RSVP by Sept. 24
8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with Amish Theatre following
Union Hill Church and Carlisle Inn, Sugarcreek
COST: Farm Bureau member: $20; nonmember: $25
Join Carroll, Harrison, Jefferson and Tuscarawas County Farm Bureaus for 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 Andrea Dobkin, RN, BSN, CCCC, nurse manager of Wheeling Hospital's Cardiac-Neurovascular Center. Dobkin is also a certified cardiovascular care coordinator. The lunch keynote speaker is Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judi French. The daughter of a school teacher, Justice French appreciates her Ohio roots and education, and is committed to being a part of civic education in Ohio. Learning sessions include: A Culinary Experience with Olive Oils and Vinegars; Damsel in Defense; Repurposed, Reused, Re-created and Repainted; Happy Feet; Thyme for Herbs; Tablescapes for the Holidays; Award Winning Cupcakes; Fit for Life; Backyard Chickens, Maple Syrup & Honey; Stop the Holiday Bulge; KOI Vitality - Supernatural Superfood Infused Skin Care; Starting Your Own Blog; Memory/Mental Health Support Systems, Ag Stats 101, A Game of Safety Jeopardy; Generation Gap and more.
The evening concludes at the Carlisle Inn with the new musical for 2015, "Josiah for President." When the impossible happens and an Amish man wins a write-in campaign for president, the whole country is in an uproar. A limited block of rooms is reserved at the Carlisle Inn and the Wallhouse Hotel for the event. Stay Friday night, Saturday night or both. Rooms are $159 per night (Two queen beds). Call the Carlisle Inn at 855-411-2275 or the Wallhouse Hotel at 330-852-6105 to make reservations.
Registration; For information contact: Carroll/Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau 888-265-2090 Harrison County Farm Bureau 740-945-0386 or Jefferson County Farm Bureau 740-266-6603.
Haunted Harvest Weekend
Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 | Register by Oct. 15
The General Denver Hotel, Wilmington
COST: Farm Bureau member: $400/couple; nonmember: $450/couple
This all inclusive weekend of haunted fun and delicious local harvest food includes a two-night stay at The General Denver Hotel, meals featuring local foods throughout the weekend, farm tours, live music, and activities from canning and food preservation to touring local "haunts".
Registration: To make reservations, or for more information call 937.383.4141 or email [email protected].
Oct. 31 | No registration required.
6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
David Warther Carvings, Sugarcreek
A formal dinner features locally produced meats, cheeses, side dishes and wine pairings. Diners will first be given a guided tour of the David Warther Museum displaying his intricately carved ivory ships. Following the tour, diners will be joined at their table by local farm families who produced the very foods the diners will be enjoying. Guests will be able to talk to the farmers and learn about their farms and the care given their animals and fields. Proceeds from the event will help to endow the Holmes County Farm Bureau/Larry Lang Memorial Scholarship assisting local students wishing to pursue advanced education in agricultural fields.
Registration: Holmes County Farm Bureau 330-263-7456 toll-free 866-658-7456 or via email.
Fall Farm Tours
Several counties offer Drive it Yourself tours, which give visitors access to farmers, their farming operations and all they produce, up-close. If pricing information is not listed, it is because we did not have that information as of press time. Please contact the organization directly.
Sept. 12 | No registration required
Noon to 5 p.m.
Northeastern Huron County
Visit northcoastfarmbureau.org for more information.
Sept. 19 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
This tour will showcase the agriculture and conservation interests of Lawrence County. Stops include: Pratt's Dairy: Dairy Farm Tour Pratt's Greenhouse: Business Tour Getaway Farms: Embryology Tour Steven Walker Equine Medical Center Tour: Discussion with a Veterinarian
Good News Llamas Tour: Farm Tour
Learn more at lawrence.ofbf.org or facebook.com/jacksonfarmbureauoffice.
Sept. 19 | RSVP by Sept. 14
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The 2nd Annual Highland County Farm Tour, co-hosted by Highland County Farm Bureau and the Highland Soil and Water Conservation, will include Starlite Dairy and Grain, White Clover Farm featuring 100 percent grass-fed beef and John Abell’s seasonal high tunnel along with his conservation reserve program. It will be an educational day to see how farmers have used various conservation practices on their farms to promote water quality and prevent soil erosion, as well as incorporate unique projects to sustain their farms. Lunch will be provided. Preregistration is required to attend. To learn more visit highland.ofbf.org highlandswcd.com.
Registration: Email [email protected] or call 888-378-2212.
Sept. 20 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Top of Ohio Drive it Yourself Farm tour includes four great stops. Take in all the samples, activities and fun to be had. Visit Wishwell Farm, Lyden Polypay sheep farm and Forsythe Farm as well as take part in the Farmer Share Luncheon with county FFA Chapters.
Learn more at by calling Logan County Farm Bureau 877-775-7642 or visit logan.ofbf.org.
Sept. 26 | No registration required
Noon to 5 p.m.
Five farms throughout Lorain County
This free, drive-it-yourself fall farm tour features five different farms in Lorain County. Visit the Lorain County JVS to learn more about its horticulture program, Sacred Dreams full-service equine facility, Lettuce Heads Aquaponics and Farm to see kale, herbs, seasonal vegetables and fish, and Joyce and Mark Ziegler's custom calf operation and Ohio Grass-Fed Lamb farm. Various agriculturally related agencies will also be stationed at farms throughout the tour.
Visit northcoastfarmbureau.org for more information.
Sept. 27 | Noon to 4 p.m.
Details at portagefb.org.
Oct. 3 | 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
For more than 40 years, agricultural awareness has been the aim of the Heart of Ohio Tour. The 2015 Tour will take visitors to the east/northeast part of Knox County in the Danville/Howard area.
Visit visitknoxohio.org for more information.
Oct. 4 | 11 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The Stark County Farm Tour is an annual event designed to connect members of the local community with their agricultural neighbors.
Details at starkcountyfarmtour.org.
Oct. 11 | 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A drive-it-yourself tour of agricultural businesses and other sites in the area -- held rain or shine.
Stops include farms owned by W I Miller & Sons; Art Logan; and Ted & Ginny Logan; and Gustavus Federated Church. Food available for purchase at the church.
Contact Trumbull County Tourism Bureau for more information, exploretrumbullcounty.com or call 866-360-1552.
Oct. 11 | Noon to 5 p.m.
Details at columbiana.ofbf.org.
Oct. 17 and 18 | 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drive yourself tour in western Coshocton County.
Details at coshocton.osu.edu