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.
Agriculture in the City Tour
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
COST: Farm Bureau members: $15; nonmembers: $30. Space is limited to the first 100 people. Credit card reservations required. 21 and over only.
Enjoy local agriculture right in downtown Columbus. Register for the event, select a pick up destination and enjoy the tour from the comforts of a chartered bus. Tastings will be available at all the stops: Via Vecchia, Watershed Distillery, Land-Grant Brewing Company and Highland Youth Garden.
Registration: Call Franklin County Farm Bureau at 614-876-1274 or email [email protected].
‘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: $25; nonmember: $30
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 | RSVP: Oct. 15
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. 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.
RSVP by Oct. 2: 419-849-2128
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