The fourth annual Highland County Farm Tour took place on Sept. 16. The tour was a result of a collaborative effort between the Highland County Farm Bureau and the Highland Soil and Water Conservation District. Over 140 people attended the event in the Greenfield area.
The tour featured beautiful, diverse farms and provided beneficial information on local sustainable agriculture. The tour consisted of stops at the following locations: Madison Township Building, featuring a presentation on the use of drones in agriculture by Knox County OSU Extension Director John Barker; Sims Family “Down on the Farm” Golf Center, where certified LPGA instructor Sharon Sims talked about the agritourism opportunity at their 16-acre driving range; and a cover crop plot was featured at Unger Farms with speaker Dave Brandt and family explaining how to improve soil health with a rain simulator demonstration of a variety of different cover crop mixtures.
In addition to learning about these unique farms, participants also enjoyed learning current updates from Ohio Department of Agriculture Director Dave Daniels after lunch.
The Highland County Farm Bureau and Highland Soil and Water Conservation District would like to thank Reed’s Trailer Sales for supplying a trailer, Rainsboro Produce for donating pumpkins for decorations, Community Market and Save-A-Lot of Greenfield for donating bottled water, Walnut Creek Seed and the Adams Soil and Water Conservation District, to help ensure the event was a great success.
Anyone that was unable to attend this year’s event, but would like to be informed of future events, can call 937-393-1922 ext. 3 or 1-888-378-2212 to be added to the mailing list.
Submitted by Pam Bushelman, Highland SWCD District operations manager.