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.
Homegrown In Darke County
July 2, 9,16, 23 | Register a week prior
6:30 p.m. doors open, cooking starts at 7 p.m.
Various locations in Darke County
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $5 per class; nonmember: $10 per class
All four sessions – Farm Bureau member: $15; nonmember: $30
Darke County Farm Bureau is hosting its annual Homegrown in Darke County, featuring local meats and produce, prepared by local chefs. The July 2 and 9 sessions are at KitchenAid Experience in Greenville, July 16 at Bears Mill and July 23 at The Winery at Versailles.
Registration: Contact Darke County Farm Bureau at 855-335-1471 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Richland County Farm To Plate
July 19, Aug. 2, Aug. 23, Sept. 6
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.
Lake Erie Water Quality Tour
July 24 | RSVP by July 17
Ferry departs at 9 a.m., returns approximately 4 p.m.
Miller Ferry Catawba Dock, Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay (South Bass Island) and then to Stone Laboratory on Middle Bass Island
Cost: Farm Bureau members - $10
Travel by ferry from Port Clinton to Put-in-Bay’s South Bass Island to visit Ohio State’s Stone Laboratory. Guests will learn about water quality and harmful algal bloom issues with Dr. Jeff Reutter, director of the Ohio Sea Grant College Program. Visit http://stonelab.osu.edu to learn more about this educational facility that is the oldest freshwater biological field station in the United States and the center of Ohio State University’s teaching and research on Lake Erie.
Registration: Contact Erie County Farm Bureau at 440-877-0706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ohio State Fair Bus Trip
July 25 | Register by July 18
8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Ohio State Fair, Columbus
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $20; nonmember: $35; children: $20
Join Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau for its annual bus trip to the Ohio State Fair. The group will leave the Cuyahoga Fairgrounds at 8 a.m. to arrive at the Ohio State Fair at 10:30 a.m. giving participants all day to enjoy and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the Ohio State Fair. Fee includes charter bus and fair admission. Youth younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Registration: Contact Cuyahoga County Farm Bureau at 440-877-0706 or email@example.com.
First Responder’s Training & Farm Safety Day
July 26 | RSVP by July 18 for Firefighter Training only
9 a.m.- approximately 3 p.m.
Gordon Farms, Wellington
Cost: Farm Bureau members - free
Lorain County Farm Bureau is hosting a First Responder’s Training and Farm Safety Day for firefighters and the general public. A maximum of 25 firefighters can participate in the Grain Bin Rescue Training, Ohio Fire Academy Comprehensive Agriculture Rescue Training. (Class time: 6 hours)
The public is invited to experience safety displays including: Lorain-Medina Rural Electric Cooperative- electrical safety, Ohio State University- grain bin awareness, Ohio Utility Protection Service- utility safety.
For information, contact Lorain County Farm Bureau at 440-877-0706 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hancock County Kids’ Dream Day at the Antique Tractor Show
Aug. 1 | No registration required
Noon to 7:30 p.m.
Hancock County Fairgrounds, Findlay
Cost: Farm Bureau members: free; nonmembers: $5 per person or $10 per family
Hancock County Farm Bureau is making kids’ (and adults’) dreams come true with its first annual Kids Dream Day event. Channel your “inner farmer” and drive a tractor on the fairgrounds track. All proceeds will be donated to the Hancock County Humane Society.
For information, contact Hancock County Farm Bureau at 419-523-5874 or email@example.com.
Aug. 1 and 2 | No registration required
1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Lake Farmpark, Kirtland
Enjoy wine tasting, music and a variety of food vendors, presented by Ohio Wine Producers Association. Visit with county Farm Bureau member volunteers to learn more about local farmers and Ohio agriculture. Contact the county Farm Bureau for a member code to take advantage of a special discount on pre-sale tickets at visitvintageohio.com.
For more information, visit cuyahoga.ofbf.org or call 440-877-0706.
Aug. 14 | Register by Aug. 1
County Line Produce Auction, West Salem
Join Medina County for its annual Season’s Harvest dinner. The setting this year is the County Line Produce Auction, a local farmers' auction benefiting Medina's farming families, especially the local Amish community. The gourmet dinner will be prepared by Chef John Kolar, made from meats and produce grown locally by Medina County farm families. Each delicious dinner course is paired with complementing wines from Wolf Creek Winery and Troutman Vineyards. Dine with the farm families whose meats, vegetables and fruits are the meal’s ingredients and ask questions and learn about the production of their foods. Proceeds from the evening benefit "Feeding Medina County," the local volunteer program serving hungry families.
Registration: Contact Medina County Farm Bureau at 866-658-7456 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Farm to Fork Dinner
Aug. 15 | Register by Aug. 6
Tim and Karen Sheeley Farm
Cost:$30/person or $50/couple
Highland County Farm Bureau is hosting its first ever Farm to Fork Dinner. Guests to the dinner are given the opportunity to see the farms’ livestock and facilities, all while enjoying fellowship with others over a meal prepared with local meats and vegetables.
Dinner tickets are $30/person or $50/couple. Proceeds from the dinner go toward buying canned goods for local food pantries and investing in the “child hunger ends here” program promoted by country superstar Hunter Hayes. Every canned good that we purchase buys one meal for a child somewhere in the USA.
For reservations, please call (937)403-6476 or Highland County Farm Bureau at (937)378-2212.
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.
BBQ Science Workshop
Aug. 16 | Register By Aug. 4
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ohio State Animal Science Building, Columbus
Cost: Farm Bureau member: $25
Join Delaware and Franklin County Farm Bureau for an exclusive member event learning 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 your turn and create succulent culinary barbecue as you prep, grill and ultimately enjoy your creations. Is your mouth watering yet? Whether you are a beginner, grill master or somewhere in between, this workshop is for you! Space is limited to 40 participants, so enroll today.
Registration: Contact Delaware County Farm Bureau at 740-363-1613 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit delaware.ofbf.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit crawford.ofbf.org.
Farm City Day
Sept. 6 | No registration required
9 a.m. to noon
Muskingum County Fairgrounds, Zanesville
Join Muskingum County Farm Bureau for its Farm City Day, featuring 40 displays and presenters. This year’s event focus is goats, with cooking demonstrations on how to prepare goat meat and make goat cheese. Plus, enjoy other goat-related activities such as goat agility and cart pulling.
For information, contact Muskingum County Farm Bureau at 800-964-8184 or email@example.com.
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.
Registration: Visit marion.ofbf.org or facebook.com/harvesthustle for more details and online registration. For more information, contact Marion County Farm Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 740-383-2158.
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.
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, email@example.com
Harrison County Farm Bureau 740.945.0386, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jefferson County Farm Bureau 740.266.6603, email@example.com