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.
“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.”
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.
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.