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 Breakfasts
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. Get complete details at each county’s website at ofbf.org/counties
Feb. 22 | 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Riverview High School, Coshocton
Feb 22 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Lebanon High School, Lebanon
March 1 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Zanesville High School, Zanesville
Cost: $1 and optional food bank and animal shelter donations
March 8 | 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Knox County Career Center, Mt. Vernon
March 13 | 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Ross County Service Center, Chillicothe
March 15 | 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
Newton Elementary, Newark
Cost: $1 and optional food bank donation
March 15 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Copley High School, Copley
March 22 | 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tri-Rivers Career Center, Marion
Cost: 50 cents and food bank donation
March 22 | 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Cardington-Lincoln High School, Cardington
Cost: $1 or two canned food donations
March 22 | 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
R. G. Drage Career Center, Massillon
March 29 | 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Winona Friends Church, Winona
March 29 | 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Glandorf Catholic Church Parish Center, Glandorf
April 5 | 8 a.m. to 11a.m.
Maplewood Career Center, Ravenna
Huron County Home and Business Show
Feb. 22 | No registration required
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Norwalk Middle School, Norwalk
Huron County Farm Bureau and the Huron County Chamber of Commerce invite you to the Home and Business Show, showcasing more than 70 area businesses. Huron County Farm Bureau will have demonstrations and displays from Trent Nationwide Insurance Agency, Huron County Master Gardeners, Huron Soil and Water Conservation District, Gardner's SuperValu with Ohio Proud products, plus cupcake and cake decorating and more.
For more information, contact Huron County Farm Bureau at 888-292-6442 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food and Farm Facts Breakfast
March 22 | Register by March 18
Erie County Fairgrounds; Building #1, Sandusky
Erie County Farm Bureau's Food and Farm Facts Breakfast invites the community to enjoy a reduced price breakfast to learn more about where their food dollars go, what Erie County residents pay for food compared to other countries, how farmers care for their animals and how they care for the land.
Registration: Contact Erie County Farm Bureau at 888-216-5487 or email@example.com.
Grow it. Know it. Give it. at Flying Horse Farms
April 5 | Register by March 21
5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Flying Horse Farms, Mt Gilead
Join Farm Bureau for an upscale dining event at Flying Horse Farms, a camp that provides magical, transforming experiences for children with serious illnesses. Located on 200 acres in Mt. Gilead, Flying Horse Farms serves hundreds of children and families each year – free of charge.
Morrow County Farm Bureau members, in collaboration with Delaware County Farm Bureau, are your hosts for an evening featuring locally sourced food prepared by the chef and owner of the Malabar Farm Restaurant. Each of the four seasonally inspired courses will be paired with a unique Ohio wine and served at the camp Dining Hall. Plus, guests can participate in camp tours.
All proceeds help further the mission of Flying Horse Farms and provide operating expenses for the children’s vegetable garden.
Registration: Contact Morrow County Farm Bureau at 419-747-7488 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Animals for Life Forum
April 9 | Register by April 2
8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Radisson Cincinnati North
The Forum will feature a full day of speakers, presentations and panels, all discussing the different ways the human-animal bond is significant across different professions, such as psychology, therapy and education, among others. New York Times bestselling author Jon Katz is the Forum’s keynote speaker. Katz’s background is extensive, having been the executive producer of “CBS Morning News” and a contributor to Slate. He has written a dozen novels about dogs and is a seasoned speaker on many animal-related topics, such as the attachment theory and the way humans train their canine companions.
Three overarching themes will shape the day’s discussions and complement the speakers’ expertise: how animals help humans heal, health benefits from human-animal interactions and how humans care for animals. Speakers include Dr. Aubrey Fine, a leader in the field of animal assisted therapy; Dr. Sandra Barker, professor of psychiatry and the Bill Balaban Chair in Human-Animal Interaction on the medical campus of Virginia Commonwealth University; and Karen Rosa, who leads the American Humane Association’s Los Angeles-based Film & TV Unit.
Hocking County Farm Bureau Ag Days
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Hocking County Fairgrounds, Logan
This two-day event provides visitors the opportunity to learn about agriculture. There are many interactive educational booths ranging from dairy cattle to farm machinery. Live animals and farm products also will be on display for visitors.
For information, contact Hocking County Farm Bureau at 740-474-6284.
Camp Meigs BBQ Bootcamp and Burnoff
May 2; 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and May 3; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Burnoff Competition – RSVP by April 1
Tuscarawas County Fairgrounds, Dover
Cost: Free admission; People's Choice BBQ Competition tasting participation – $10
Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau is partnering with OSU Extension for its second annual BBQ Bootcamp and Burnoff. The festivities begin Friday with a chance to meet the BBQ teams and interact with a variety of BBQ-related vendors. Both days include music, family fun activities and a corn hole tournament, plus raffles to win BBQ equipment. The Bootcamp kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday, offering BBQ educational sessions. Food and BBQ retail vendors will be available all day.
Don’t miss the April 1 early entry deadline to sign up a BBQ team. The first 24 teams are guaranteed to compete. Burnoff categories are chicken, pork, pork ribs and beef brisket. See the event website or call the office for the official rules. More than $4,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to competitors. Money raised at the event will benefit Community Hospice.
Registration: Visit www.campmeigsbbq.org for more information, official rules, competition entry fees, to register a BBQ Team or Corn Hole Team, or to be a judge.
For information, contact Tuscarawas County Farm Bureau at 330-339-7211.