WAUSEON, Ohio – Ever wondered where your food comes from or how a dairy farm operates?
An event designed to answer those questions and more will be held June 13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Sandland Dairy Farm, 4397 County Road EF in Swanton, Ohio.
Called Breakfast on the Farm, the event was organized to provide consumers a firsthand look at modern food production, said Eric Richer, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University.
The event allows the community to visit local farming operations, have a close-to-home agricultural experience, and interact with farm families who provide a wholesome food supply for Ohio and the world, Richer said.
Registration for the event is free but required. The deadline to register is June 8, organizers said. Registration can be done online at www.fultonohbreakfastonthefarm.com.
“The overall goal of the event is to connect consumers with producers so that they can see where their food comes from,” he said. “Doing this also allows us to show consumers that famers care about water quality and the environment and are taking steps to protect them.
“We’ll also show how farmers provide care for their animals and provide a safe and wholesome food supply. Farmers are instrumental in providing food that is shipped over the entire world. They believe in practicing good environmental stewardship and conservation, and they make a difference in the community and the world.”
OSU Extension, the Fulton Soil and Water Conservation District and the Ohio Farm Bureau in Fulton County are the sponsors of the event, featuring Ohio-grown and produced foods.
Participants will also be able to tour Sandland Dairy Farm, which is owned and operated by the Brehm family and has over 500 dairy cows and 1,500 acres of corn, alfalfa, wheat and rye.
Some of the topics participants will learn about include:
- Animal well-being
- Grain bin safety
- Cow nutrition
- Milk quality and safety
- Nutrient management
- Water quality
- Soil health
- Precision agriculture technology
Visitors will be able to see the calf area, milking parlor, breeding barn and cow housing, Richer said. Visitors will also view tractors and other farm equipment.
According to Richer, Breakfast on the Farm events started at Michigan State University in 2009, and some 61,259 children and adults have since attended such events throughout the state.