Fall Driving Tour
The Wayne County Farm is scheduled for October 9-10, 2021.
Time: Noon – 5pm
Location: Southeastern Wayne County
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This drive-it-your-self tour is free and open to the public. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour various farms and agricultural businesses in southeastern Wayne County.
The below information is courtesy of the Ohio Farm Bureau.
#1- CFAES Wooster Campus
2122 Williams Rd. Wooster, OH 44691
The CFAES Wooster Campus was founded in 1892 as the Ohio Agricultural Experiment Station and now consists of nearly 4,000 acres spread across Canaan, East Union, Franklin, Plain and Wooster townships in Wayne County. Unlike other regional campuses of The Ohio State University, CFAES Wooster is a unique asset fully integrated within the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). CFAES is one college with three campuses—Columbus, CFAES Wooster, and statewide through OSU Extension offices and strategically placed agricultural research stations. Together, We Sustain Life.
The tour highlights Secrest Arboretum, an expansive 110-acre outdoor laboratory and landscape garden. Theme gardens feature over 2,500 varieties of woody and herbaceous plants, highlighting varied ecosystems and best landscape practices. The beautiful theme gardens illustrate the use of style, color and texture within plant habitats to establish a sustainable landscape. The arboretum is maintained by four staff members along with significant volunteer support from OSU Extension Master Gardeners and the Friends of Secrest Arboretum, a 501c3 non-profit organization.
Secrest Welcome and Education Center is a newly remodeled facility within Secrest Arboretum. This space lends itself well to hands-on learning activities for students, industry, and the public. Within the building, we feature Ohio State ATI’s education programs ranging from Ohio State Academy Program (CCP) to Associate of Applied Science (AAS) to Associate of Science (AS) and finally Business Training and Education Services (BTES with industry customized certifications. Additionally, posters and displays will highlight cutting edge research and graduate education opportunities of CFAES Wooster’s centers, departments and schools.
Visit https://wooster.osu.edu/home for more tour details and upcoming events. Also, be on the lookout as you proceed along the tour route for other CFAES Wooster venues including our beef, crops, equine and horticulture units. Enjoy your day in Wayne County and Go Bucks!
#2 -Dunlap Family Tree Farm
5881 Hoy Road, Wooster, OH 44691
Our Family Tree Farm began in early spring of 1985 by placing an ad in the Wooster Daily Record searching for 8-10 acres for Christmas tree production. We were contacted by a realtor that had 16 acres of tillable land that was land locked but had agriculture access. The property was surrounded by ten 1-2 acre vacant building lots, so we also purchased one of them to build our future home on. We started planting 1 acre of Christmas tree seedlings that same spring in 1985 and leased out the remaining acres of land to a nearby farmer. Since then we have planted 1-2 acres (about 1000 to 1800 tree seedlings) each year. It was 1991 when we finally saw harvest of our first trees. We currently harvest about 500-800 trees each year for family traditions and Christmas celebrations. Our favorite family traditions include being with our son Joe, daughter in law Tiffany, son Ben, daughter Katie, and our three grandchildren Madden, Finnley, and Wrenn. They have all worked and participated on our Family Tree Farm.
We will be setting up our farm a couple months earlier this year for the Wayne County Farm Tour. You will see our farm as you would for our Christmas tree season starting each year the Friday after Thanksgiving. We will not be cutting any trees in October, but we will have tree tags available for you if you wish to tag a tree and then return to get your tree during our Christmas season business hours. Our hours are Sunday – Friday noon-5 pm with the exception of the Friday after Thanksgiving being 9 am-5 pm. Saturdays’ will be 9 am-5 pm. Our season concludes on December 20.
During the tour we will demonstrate the activities a Christmas tree grower needs to do from spring planting to harvest time. You can enjoy tours to the tree field and demonstrations of equipment used in Christmas tree production. In addition, there will be “Simply Sweets” by Amanda to fill that little empty spot. Also, Christmas card and family photo sessions (in the trees) can be scheduled with our daughter, Katie of “Katie Betty Photography”, and purchased in time for your Christmas season.
#3 -Savage Run Farms
8594 James Rd. Wooster, OH 44691
Gail and Gwen Miller invite you to their farm to enjoy the 10th annual Moreland Heritage Days hosted by the Moreland Community Historical Society. This year’s event will celebrate the rich agricultural heritage of Wayne County. The farm features a restored 1869 barn and 108 acres of rolling woodlands and hay fields. The farm was established in 1825 with a land grant signed by President John Quincy Adams and was owned by Civil War veteran James B. White following the War.
The event will include displays of both modern and antique farm equipment with some of the restored equipment operating. These include a corn shelter, wire baler and hit and miss engines. A special highlight will be a BAKER STEAM ENGINE operating both days.
There will also be displays by the Wayne Soil And Water Conservation District, the Ohio Department Of Natural Resources and the Moreland Community Historical Society. There will also be an outstanding 1800s gun display by well known local collector Fred Donley.
Entertainment Saturday will feature the Gnat Boxers Square Dancers and on Sunday the Cedar Valley Cloggers will perform. Both groups will perform at 2:00pm. Also, John Schmid and Deb Gilson will be singing both Saturday and Sunday at varying times.
There will be food service both days with a full menu including BBQ chicken and pork on Saturday and a light lunch on Sunday with ice cream available both days. Food service will be by donation. Adequate parking in hay fields with shuttle service will be available.
#4 – Apple Creek Historical Society
185 Church St. Apple Creek, OH 44606
The Apple Creek Historical Society was founded in 2001 and broke ground for the construction of its new building in the fall of 2004 with the goal of preserving the history of the East Union Community. It was a non-traditional approach for a historical society to construct a new building and that pattern has been the motif since its inception. We have evolved into a community learning center going far beyond the original conception of providing housing for the community’s history. The building is handicap accessible.
The building looks like a large barn because a lot of the communities’ history is agricultural. Lots and lots and lots of people have made it possible through their efforts and support in a wide variety of ways. We would not have it otherwise. We have great opportunity to serve God through the use of this building.
The lower level holds the Maker Space program located. It was to have started in March of 2020 but Covid changed that. We have a variety of wood working tools, two CNC routers and two 3-D printers – all of which will be used for demonstrations throughout the Farm Tour. Two of our goals are to promote family and community. We hope that the maker space program will provide opportunities for adult (father, mother, grandparent) and child to work together on projects. We intend to open the space with a special program in late 2021 and Farm Tour attendees will have the opportunity to sign up!
The first floor of the building houses the independent library. It has access to the internet along with quite a large collection of books. One section is devoted to children. We provide it free to the community. We also house the Whole Community program which collects, sorts and redistributes excess food primarily from Greenfield farms.
The second floor is largely devoted to space for large group activities (weddings, graduations, alumni and family reunions, etc.). It also has a warming kitchen. We will be renting the space to interested individuals or groups and attendees are welcome to tour it over the weekend during the Farm Tour. The second floor also has a genealogy room where people will be able to research their genealogy and add to the collection.
The Tracy two story log cabin is scheduled to be completed and open. We believe that it is possibly the oldest permanent structure in East Union Township. It is going to house our nature program.
Along with all of the exhibits and demonstrations, food (veal burgers, burgers, hot dogs, fries, onion rings, and ice cream) will be available by Roy Yoder on Saturday. Proceeds from the food donations will benefit the Apple Creek Historical Society.
#5 – Wayne County Regional Training Facility
2725 Millborne Rd. Apple Creek, OH 44606
Since 1991, we have offered education and training to members of the public safety community in Wayne and surrounding counties. Today, we continue to offer high – quality training and educational opportunities to help to protect and serve our communities. On our nearly 60 acre property, we offer training for police, fire, EMS, and search and rescue groups. Now, we are able to offer training in grain bin / farm rescue to first responders and agricultural entities. Join us during the Farm Tour to meet some of our dedicated instructors and staff, as well as, meet some of the brave men and women from departments and special rescue teams from all over Wayne County. In addition, take the opportunity to see the Roger N. and Betty Lou Geiser Education Center, Kirila Burn Building, and many training props, including the state of the art Safe Farms Rescue Facility and Seaman Corporation Water Rescue site. But of course, where there are members of public safety, there must be donuts, coffee, and more. We are excited to announce during the tour, we will have Lerch’s Donuts and Lynn Enterprises stands on site offering delicious treats.
#6 – Venture Heritage Farm
13777 Arnold Rd. Dalton, OH 44618
Venture Heritage Farm (VHF) is owned by the Marvin and Mary Steiner family which is now the seven Steiner brothers and their children. The farm was originally purchased by John R. and Eliza Steiner in 1919. Although the farm was not in the family from 1955 to 1989, five generations of the Steiner’s have lived on the farm. Lydell and Rebeca Steiner are the current residents on the farm, their children are the 5th generation to live here.
VHF has been a certified organic farm since 2005 with OEFFA and consists of 115 acres and 40 rented acres. Crops consist of hybrid corn (30 ac), hay (40 ac) and soybeans (most years) for animal feed. Other crops are open pollinated flint corn (5 ac), spelt and einkorn grains (30 ac) which are sold to grain mills, restaurants and direct to consumers. Additionally, a wide variety of organic vegetables are grown for wholesale market and this year a CSA market box subscriptions program was started. 14 lowline Angus and mini-Hereford cow/calf pairs, make up the cattle program. Beef is raised for family use as well as sold to others for raising their own beef or for processing. A family member raises 100 commercial Katahdin ewes on the neighboring farm and winters them in the VHF barn.
The original barn was built in 1855 and the oldest part of the farm house in 1867. The farm manager house was built in the mid 1960’s. Unique to the farm is the “farm shop” which was built in the early 1930’s. Starting with grandpa John R. Steiner, the farm shop was the “birthing” place of many ideas that turned into machinery to further farming technology. This creative spirit of designing and developing farm equipment was subsequently passed down through generations of the Steiner family and laid the foundation for the seven Steiner brothers for designing and manufacturing the Steiner, Ventrac and now Tilmor products. Equipment that was made on the farm in the 1930’s as well as early Steiner, Ventrac tractors and other equipment will be shown along with the story about how it all came about.
Tilmor is a web-based company, owned by the 4th generation Steiner family members, that sells a wide variety of products which are designed to assist small and medium sized growers for producing organic produce and crops. They manufacture the Tilmor two- and four-wheel tractors, plastic layer, plastic winder, various weeders and numerous tillage shovels, tines, sweeps, etc. Tilmor product, as well as other product brands, which are also sold on the website, will be on display during the farm tour at VHF. Product from the Tilmor website has been sold to all 50 states, most Canadian Providences, in Europe, Africa, Central America as well as other places. Visit www.tilmor.com to learn about Tilmor products for use in small to mid-size farming.
Representatives from the Steiner family, Tilmor and KHSI, (Katahdin Hair Sheep International) and NSIP, (National Sheep Improvement Program) will be present to share information and answer questions. Homemade ice cream, fry pies, puffed and popped corn will be available at this stop for a donation. All proceeds will benefit Stirrup Courage Equestrian Learning Center, a new nonprofit partnering with horses to support children who face difficult life situations.
#7 – Harmony Farms
5294 Kidron Rd. Apple Creek, OH 44606
Harmony Farms is owned by the Neuenschwander family and is currently in its 6th generation of operation. Clarence and Esther Neuenschwander live on the farm and primary operators – Phil and Jennifer Neuenschwander and Jerrel and Amanda Neuenschwander live nearby. This 400 acre dairy grows about 80% of the cows’ feed needs. The Neuenschwanders milk 300 cows and have 225 heifers. The herd is primarily cross breds – a mix of Jersey and Norwegian Red.
In addition to running the dairy, the family also operates a custom forage harvesting unit so attendees will have the opportunity to see large equipment. Another interesting note – the Kidron Swiss Cheese factory (now out of operation) was started in the basement of the old summer kitchen on this farm. The Parfait Company will be selling yogurt/fruit/granola parfaits throughout the tour.
Photos and tour information courtesy of : Ohio Farm Bureau – Ashland, Medina, Summit and Wayne counties.
Wayne County Visitor Information
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