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Sunday, September 17 2017 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

2017 Top of Ohio Farm Tour

September 17, 2017

1:00-5:00 pm

 

We hope that you can join us for this great trip through Logan Counties’ rich agriculture heritage! These farm families and businesses of Logan Co. welcome you to attend our farm tour on September 17 from 1 to 5:00 pm. Take part in the activities and programs at our stops as well as sample some great food from local producers and venders.

 

Need more information? Check out the Logan County Farm Bureau website at www.ofbf.org/counties/logan for the tour brochure and map. We hope you join us on this great journey!

 

Tour stops include:

 

Marmon Valley Farm

Sponsored by: Farm Credit Mid-America

  • Tour of Farm
  • Wagon Rides

The Wiley Family own and oerate the historic Marmon Valley Farm. Which sits on land that was once familiar to Wyandot and Shawnee Indians. The Wyandot Indians called this valley Taloga, which means “cradle of the hills.”   Over 150 years later, in the early 1960’s, Bill and Phyllis Wiley were inspired by some friends to start a camp for children where they could spend a week learning about farm life. In 1964, “Uncle” Bill and “Aunt” Phyllis (as they would come to be known) purchased 75 acres of land near Zanesfield, Ohio, and established the Marmon Valley Farm Camp, which they named in honor of the valley’s original settlers.

 Since 1964, the Wiley Family has been welcoming folks to Marmon Valley for wholesome, Christ-focused farm fun including summer camps, trail rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, and play areas. Over the last 50 years, the Farm has grown and changed significantly, but the heart of our ministry…the unique combination of faith, farm, and fun…remains the same. Through a myriad of programs…including summer camp, trail rides, birthday parties, family weekends, school trips, group retreats, and Country Christmas…families from all over the country can still come and experience the excitement and wonder of life on the Farm, just as Uncle Bill and Aunt Phyllis hoped when they opened their doors 50 years ago.

With horseback riding as our main attraction, the farm has approximately 150 horses that are utilized for summer camps, trail rides, and lessons. Approximately 35,000 visitors will attend the farm with a variety of activities throughout the year.

 

The farm includes 500 acres with 250 acres being used for trail rides and approximately 230 acres used to raise grass hay. Marmon Valley farm offers self-guided tours to view the stables, animal areas, and some of the farm buildings that have been converted to sleeping quarters. Hayrides and pony rides are available for a small additional fee.

 

 

 

Ack-Lee Dairy Farm:

Sponsored by: COBA Select Sires & AG Boogher & Son

  • Farm Tour
  • Ice Cream by Logan Co. Dairy Boosters
  • Blue Jacket Dairy Cheese

 

Ack-Lee Registered Holsteins was started by Robert Ackley in 1963 and his son Jay joined the farm in 1988 after graduation. The farm has grown from 60 cows and 400 acres to 120 cows and 2800 acres of cropland. 

After the passing of Robert in October of 2016, Jay continues to farm with his mother Kathleen and his wife Kristy and their family. Jay and Kristy’s sons Kyle and Kristopher when not at school (Kyle is a Junior at Wilmington College and Kris a Freshman at Ohio State) are joined by two full-time employees Allison Mangun and Brad Boots along with Dylan Atterholt and Nick Melvin round out the workforce for their farm.

On the farm the family milks their cows twice a day. They also show and exhibit their animals on a state and national level. The farm has a thriving hay business in addition to growing corn, wheat and soybeans. They utilize many conservation practices on their farm. Additional, the family have a maple syrup operation in the spring and harvest about 200 gallons of syrup each year.

Join us for barn tours, ice cream and a close up look at animals, crops and the Ackley's farm! 

Darling Tunis:

Sponsored by: James Milroy Foundation

  • Sheep & Wool Display
  • Seedling Giveaway by Logan CO. Land Trust
  • Safety Demonstrations

 Louise & Dwight Darling first purchased a commercial flock of ewes in 1970.  After raising several other breeds of sheep, they switched to the Tunis breed in 1995.   Shortly before Dwight's passing, they named the flock "Darling Tunis" and Louise has maintained the registered redheaded sheep since then.  When Louise married Jim Dunham the flock was expanded and "Darling Tunis" became widely known for the quality stud rams. Over the farm’s history, they have sold rams and ewes to 29 states including Alaska! 

With Jim's passing in 2015, Louise has offered several 4-H families the opportunity to show the Tunis. Currently she is working with five 4-H age kids and the sheep will have been shown at the Ohio State Fair and the Champaign County Fair plus several preview shows this summer.  These arrangements will be in place until the time of Louise's permanent retirement...until then the Tunis travel to petting zoos, nursing homes and any other place they are invited. 

Tunis are a medium sized meat breed of sheep that have been in the USA since the time of Thomas Jefferson.  Known for producing a mild tasting meat, they were the major meat breed of sheep before the Civil War.  Their cream colored wool is highly desired for its natural color. 

Darling Tunis will offer a close up visit with their redheads as well as have many other opportunities to visit on tour day. Join Louise and her agriculture partners; the Logan County Sheep Improvement Association, and the Logan Co. Farm Bureau for samples, at her stop along with many other activities and demonstrations!

 Myeerah Nature Preserve:

Sponsored by: Indian Lake Watershed

  • Conservation Display
  • Quilt Display
  • Nature Activities

   

Myeerah Nature Preserve is a former Girl Scout camp that campers enjoyed for more than 50 years. In 2014, the Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District was provided the opportunity to obtain the unique Logan County landmark.

 Located at 7405 St. Rt. 540, Bellefontaine, the Myeerah Nature Preserve is 450 acres maintained by the Bellefontaine Joint Recreation District.

Myeerah is open from dawn to dusk for patrons to explore. This area offers opportunities for hiking, fishing, bird watching, cross country skiing, shelter house rentals, weddings, etc. with many educational programs held for the public.

In cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife   Service, Pheasants Forever Logan County Chapter #285 and many volunteers, tree plantings and pollinator areas have been put in place for native habitat. In addition, there has been wetland development compiled with assistance from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Join us for a great afternoon and samples from the Logan Co. Cattle Association.

  

Ohio Hi-Point Career Center:

Sponsored by: Kemba Credit Union

  • Animal Science Labs
  • Outdoor Education Program
  • Culinary Arts Program
  • Kids Activities

   

Visit the Campus of Hi-Point Career Center to learn more about what the campus is doing with their   students each day! The campus is host to many career technical programs and adult education units that are helping our community find their career paths.

 Featured on the tour is the Animal Science, Outdoor Education and   Culinary Arts programs. The Animal Science program will introduce guests to a variety of unique animals from around the world, including sugar gliders, chinchillas and hedgehogs.  They also will showcase their new facilities, recently completed for the 2017 school year.  On the tour they will also talk about the biomes that these animal call home. 

The Culinary Arts program will also show their facilities and interact with visitors with cooking demos and cooking decorating for the kids. Outdoor education will focus on their program component and showcase the skills their students gain within the program.   

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