DELAWARE, Ohio — A new adventure for the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District is the first ever drive-it-yourself Farm Tour on Aug. 18 from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Join us for this free, fun filled family event, stopping at some or all of the five sites in whatever order you choose. The tour is a partnership of the Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District, Delaware County Farm Bureau, Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, Meijer and Delaware County.
The number one industry in Ohio is agriculture with almost 14 million acres of farmland contributing $105 billion annually to the Buckeye State’s economy. This Farm Tour will highlight the following locations:
- Sherman Farms, 16140 Peerless Road, Centerburg. Visit this Century Farm, see antique Allis Chalmers farm machinery up close, learn about conservation practices to improve water quality and race on the kids’ pedal tractor course. The Shermans were recognized as an Ohio Conservation Farm Family in 2017.
- Wholesome Harvest CSA, 8628 Todd Street Road, Sunbury. Meet a young beginning farm family and see produce grown in a seasonal high tunnel, learn how to manage a woodland, taste honey and maple syrup and make your own grapevine wreath.
- Bret Davis Seeds, LLC, 4593 Troy Road, Delaware. Experience the latest technological devices that farmers use in planting, harvesting, applying soil amendments and keeping records. Watch a tractor drive itself. The Ohio Soybean Council will have hands-on kids activities. Tri Township Fire Department and OSU Extension staff will demonstrate a grain bin rescue.
- Hardscrabble Farms, Inc., 2514 Skinner Road, Delaware. Three families work together on this 106-year-old farm. Have your picture taken sitting in the driver’s seat of a combine. Harrison Farms will have a petting zoo with baby goats and lambs for everyone to enjoy. Meet our community teens who are interested in pursuing careers in agriculture.
- Doutt Reservoir, 9773 Taway Road, Radnor. Normally closed to the public, the city of Columbus is opening the gates for walking tours to the top of the dam. View the 850-acre reservoir and see how the city participates in the Delaware County Drainage Maintenance Program.
The drive-it-yourself tour will have something for everyone. All of the details including a map can be found at www.delawareswcd.org or by calling the office at 740-368-1921. Follow the progress of the Farm Tour plans at www.facebook.com/delawareswcd. The tour is free and will be exciting for the entire family. We look forward to seeing you.
— Delaware Soil and Water Conservation District