Farm to Fork 2020

The 5th Annual Farm to Fork Tour will be on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Butler County farms, ranches and agribusinesses will be hosting visitors throughout the day teaching about the great world of agriculture in Butler County.

This national award winning “staycation” hosted by Butler County Farm Bureau Association has added a new dimension this year with the Family Edition.

Dean Good, owner of Good Seed Sales, is the immediate Past President of Butler County Farm Bureau Association and is currently the Vice President and has been involved with Farm to Fork since its inception.

Dean Good speaking to your guests during Farm to Fork 2019.

“It was a great idea that Tiya Tonn came up with to get people out and about in the country,” he said. “It’s been pretty fun to watch it grow each year and educate people on what we do out here in God’s country for agriculture.”

Butler County Farm Bureau Association member and Ag in the Classroom County Coordinator, Tiya Tonn said the reason Butler County Farm Bureau Association puts on Farm to Fork every year is twofold. “First, they really enjoy introducing consumers to producers and answering questions about agriculture, factually.”

Farm to Fork tour guests learning about the Bureau of Land Management Wild Mustang Program at Vestring Ranch.

The second reason for the annual event is as a fundraiser for the Ag in the Classroom program and it provides scholarships to area high school seniors each year. 

“It’s an opportunity for consumers to come and meet producers and experience a day on a farm, a ranch or an agri-business and meet the families that feed their families. It’s a great experience,” said Tonn.

Faced with the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, Tonn saw an opportunity that would allow families to participate in a new way. 

“Each year we have taken tour buses of around 200 people to locations around Butler County,” said Tonn. “This year we are allowing families to travel in their own vehicles, at their own pace, socially distancing themselves, so they can experience the tour in a way that works best for their family.” 

Families can choose to go to all of the tours stops, or select a few and spend more time at those locations, said Tonn.

Tickets can be purchased through the Farm to Fork & So Much More Facebook page or through eventbrite.com. 

Three different options are available for purchase.  The first is a full pass which gives participants a tour map, an agricultural activity packet with over 200 educational videos, coloring sheets, recipes and farm facts.   

“There are so many wonderful things for the entire family to enjoy,” said Tonn. 

Locally grown produce.

The full tour includes a meal produced in Butler County and prepared by a chef and costs $15.

Participants can choose to purchase the meal itself if they can not go on the adventure that day but want to support Farm to Fork. The meal will cost $10.   A third option includes the map and activity packet, creating a totally touchless tour and will cost $8. 

According to their website, For the first time in U.S. history, more families are living in cities than in rural areas. Consequently, children are disconnected from the natural world and agriculture. 

Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom (KFAC) is a statewide educational program providing resources, training and support to schools, educators and volunteers so that they can meaningfully connect children to agriculture. This is achieved through lessons and resources, educator training workshops, newsletters, magazines, teacher awards, and volunteer projects and initiatives all designed by Ag in the Classroom. The program is funded through donations. Kansas Foundation for Agriculture in the Classroom is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

2020 Butler County Clean Up

The Annual Butler County Clean Up has been rescheduled for the week of Saturday, June 20th through Saturday, June 27th. The countywide clean up was originally scheduled for April but due to the Stay at Home order the 2020 Butler County Clean Up program was postponed.

This week is designated for any individual residing in Butler County to deliver cleanup-related waste to the landfill at a nominal cost. 

Eligible cleanup wastes are those items not considered to be normal residential household waste. Examples of eligible items would include items such as furniture, appliances and bicycles, small quantity of building materials, small equipment, retired toys and yard trimmings. 

Metal goods and yard trimmings can be recycled and so should be separated and unloaded in the appropriate areas. No Business Waste, Commercial Waste, Hazardous Waste or Liquid Waste will be accepted.  

All acceptable waste that is not considered to be cleanup waste will be subject to current landfill fees. Regular waste must be separated from cleanup waste. Mixed loads will be charged regular landfill fees.

The following will be charged for eligible cleanup waste delivered to the Butler County Sanitary Landfill during a scheduled cleanup event:

Brush, limbs, yard waste FREE 

White goods without refrigeration units (stove, washer) FREE 

Refrigerators, freezer, air conditioners $5.00 each 

Tires (passenger and light truck) (no rims) (limit 5) $0.50 each 

All other cleanup waste ($0.50 per load) $2.00 per ton

Peaceful Protesters

Peaceful protesters gathered for a second evening at the corner of Central and Arthur Street in El Dorado to show support for the “Black Lives Matter” movement.

El Dorado residents Anthony Long and Emma Fay sat with a sign talked with individuals who stopped by and asked questions.

Emma Fay, left, and Anthony Long, right.

Long said, “I‘m just out here because I’m tired of the social injustice that everybody is subjected to on a daily basis.” 

Fay said she is planning to attend a “Peace March” in El Dorado on Friday evening.  

The grassroots gathering is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Butler Community College and marchers are planning to walk up Haverhill to Central and then along Central to the Butler County Courthouse in Downtown El Dorado.

Crossroads: Change in Rural America

The Butler County Historical Society and Kansas Oil Museum wants Butler County residents to become part of the traveling Smithsonian/Humanities Kansas exhibit “Rural Crossroads: The Changing Faces and Places of Butler County”. 

By contributing to this exhibit  citizens can help tell the story of Butler County.  Two areas of specific interest are Butler County towns and Farms & Ranches that are no longer in existence. 

Crossroads: Change in Rural America

In 1900, about 40% of Americans lived in rural areas, By 2010, less than 18% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. In just over a century, massive economic and social changes moved millions of Americans into urban areas. Yet, only 10% of the U.S. landmass is considered urban.

Many Americans consider rural communities to be endangered and hanging on by a thread—suffering from brain drain, inadequate schools, and a barren, overused landscape. Why should revitalizing the rural places left behind matter to those who remain, those who left, and those who will come in the future? Because there is much more to the story of rural America.

“Crossroads: Change in Rural America” is a traveling Smithsonian exhibition and is part of the Museum on Main Street (MoMS) collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. 

The exhibit offers small towns a chance to look at their own paths to highlight the changes that affected their fortunes over the past century. The exhibition will prompt discussions about what happened when America’s rural population became a minority of the country’s population and the ripple effects that occurred.

Here is how you can be a part of this exhibit:

Search through your photos for any images of Butler County’s past (1850’s – present). Topics include, but are not limited to: specific & identifiable buildings; streets; roads; places; events; activities; etc. 

Replicate that scene or take a current photo of the same topic.

Haberlein’s at Central and Main in 1955
Specs in 2020, formerly Haberlein’s.

Scan the photos & download the photo release form that can be found on the Kansas Oil Museum’s website.  

Email the photo(s) and the completed photo release form to director@kansasoilmuseum.org. Please include any pertinent information you have regarding the photo, such as location, when it was taken, individuals in the photo and who took the photo. 

Photos must be submitted by July 31, 2020

All photos, old and new, must be of Butler County people, places, activities, or events.

While no monetary compensation will be given for the scans of these photos, the museum will acknowledge the proper parties based on information provided in signed permission forms.

Release forms, as well as additional information, can be found by visiting kansasoilmuseum.org and clicking on the “Rural Crossroads” tab.

Memorial Day Tribute

Members from the Captain Edgar Dale American Legion Post 81 in El Dorado, didn’t let a little rain on Monday stop them from paying tribute to their fellow brothers and sisters who have given their lives in service to their country.


On Friday and Saturday mornings, they decorated every veteran’s grave at Belle Vista, Walnut River and Sunset Lawns Cemeteries.


“We’re out here with family and friends and American legion family and friends putting flags on headstones and paying our respects to those who have gone before us,” said Post Commander Steve Seymour.


“We will walk the cemetery and put eyes on every headstone in hopes that we don’t miss one. If we do miss one, feel free to call us or stop by the office at the cemetery. We will leave some markers and flags with them.”
They don’t do it to be recognized, they do it to recognize and honor the brave men and women who died for our freedoms.


While the annual Memorial Day ceremony was canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, an American Legion Honor Guard performed a 21-Gun Salute and played Taps at Sunset Lawns Cemetery on Monday afternoon.


“We came to pay tribute to our fallen comrades, said Seymour. “We felt it only fitting since they laid down their lives for us. We can’t do a regular ceremony because of COVID-19 social distancing, but we felt that our brothers and sisters buried here deserve this tribute.”