Serving up on farm education


A young girl gets a hands-on chance at a yesteryear chore as she milks Bessie the cow.

Many attendees enjoy the meal served by volunteers of Madison and Franklin County Farm Bureaus.

The annual Breakfast on the Farm continues to grow as the fourth annual edition, held on the Kramer Farmstead, Plain City, served an estimated 1,700 people.

Co-hosted by the Madison County and Franklin county chapters of the Ohio Farm Bureau, members not only fed made-t0-order omelets to the visitors under a tent in a pasture, but also provided their eyes and minds with farm-based demonstrations to give “city folk” a chance to see what life on the farm is all about: how food gets to their tables.

“There was a consistent flow of people interested in what agriculture is about,” said Dale Rapp, Madison County Farm Bureau president.

The Kramer Farmstead, located on Converse-Huff Road, is a Madison County farm owned and operated by the Yutzy brothers. Formerly a working dairy farm, the Yutzys have diversified it into a custom farming operation, where they raise and bale hay and silage.

This farm illustrates the ever-changing face of agriculture, even though it has been in the same family for generations.

While witnessing a working farm, guests had the opportunity to move up close to farm and hay-making equipment, try their hand to milk Bessie the cow, take great photos at the farm scene picture wall, as well as enjoy a custom-made breakfast.

The Poultry Association graciously provided the “cackle berries” for the omelets.

Looking ahead, the fifth annual Breakfast on the Farm will be held in June 2016, on a site yet to be named. Volunteers are always welcome. Any persons interested in helping may contact the local chapter of the Farm Bureau, 1-800-800-451-8908 or franklin@ofbf.org, or visit www.ofbf.org.

As with the recently past event, it is free of charge but registration will be necessary at franklin@ofbf.org

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