The Delaware SWCD is hosting a drive-it-yourself agriculture and conservation tour to enhance knowledge about rural culture, local farming techniques, and the environment in general. Our farm tour will expand knowledge and encourage participants to take small steps to protect the environment. The following planned stops have hands-on engagement, educational signage, and one-on-one conversations.
Hardscrabble Farms has been in the Skinner family for 106 years. At this stop you can see baby farm animals, a variety of large farm equipment, and the ways technology has been incorporated into today’s agriculture. Have your picture taken as you sit in the driver’s seat of a combine. Gary, Darrin, and Brian Skinner, along with their families, will share how they have relied on conservation to keep the farm productive in changing times.
Sherman Family Farm is one of Delaware County’s Century Farms under the Ohio Historic Farm Family Program. The Shermans farm 700 acres, raising corn, soybeans, wheat, and hay along with a cow-calf operation. One of the farms has been accepted into the Local Agricultural Easement Purchase Program and will stay in agriculture into perpetuity. The Shermans have been long time collectors of Allis Chalmers equipment and will have many antiques on display. This will also be a pedal tractor pull stop for kids!
Wholesome Harvest is run by young, beginning farmers, Heather and David Gilson. They installed a seasonal high tunnel, also known as a hoop house, to grow produce for their Community Supported Agricultural customers and for local farm markets. Honey and maple syrup are also produced by the Gilsons. Samples of their products will be available for tasting.
Bret Davis Seeds LLC an Asgrow, Dekalb, and Ebberts seed dealer serving local farmers with commodity seed as well as cover crop mixes. Tri Township Fire Department will be on hand to demonstrate a grain bin rescue tube, a valuable tool used in the instance a person gets trapped by the shifting grain inside a storage facility.
John R. Doutt Upground Reservoir is a 850 acre impoundment for the city of Columbus. A walk to the top of the dam will provide a great view of the lake as well as all of the drainage improvements needed for the surrounding agricultural land. City staff will be on hand to explain the complex planning and implementation required to bring this huge project to fruition.
Rodman Farms The 2018 Benefit in the Barn host, will have a catered dinner and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra to conclude driving tour. Pre-paid tickets are required for this stop. Get your tickets here.