|Kevin discing the field|
|Duane, Lad's father, helps prepare the field while Jack checks his work|
|Lad loads the planter with Sudan seed and Jack assists|
|Planting Sudan seed|
|Corn plants are coming out of the ground|
Springtime is also the time we open our dairy to visitors for the season. This week we hosted three groups at our farm. On Tuesday, I held the first Cow Tales Adventure & Storytime which is an event for kids under five with a caregiver. We read Millie Waits for the Mail, toured the dairy, made a cow craft, had a dairy snack and played. It was lots of fun!
|A friendly cow welcomes visitors into the milking parlor|
|The calves like our visitors!|
|The kids had fun playing in the corn box|
|The indoor playroom has toy tractors, barns, farm animals and more!|
On Wednesday, Congresswoman Marcia Fudge came to our farm for a 2012 Farm Bill listening session. This event was hosted by Ohio Farm Bureau, Farm Credit and the Cleveland Foodbank. Stakeholders from urban and rural areas in northeast Ohio were on hand to share information with Congresswoman Fudge, who serves on the House Agriculture Committee, about how Farm Bill programs will impact their sector. Speakers included representatives from food banks, urban gardens, farmers markets, dairy, grain, specialty crops, crop insurance and ag lending.
|Taylor tells the group about the milking parlor|
|Congresswoman Fudge and me at the calf hutches|
|The group is ready for the listening session|
On Thursday, I gave a tour to the Leadership Geauga Youth Program. The high school juniors participating in this program have an opportunity to learn about many aspects of the community from public safety to agriculture during this 9-month fellowship.
|The students check out the cows in the barn|
|The calves are always popular!|