On May 13th, 2022, nearly 1,000 of the county’s first grade students will arrive, in person, at the Ashtabula County Fairgrounds to take part in Ashtabula County’s 2022 “Ag Day.” For those who are unfamiliar with this event, the first graders come to learn about agriculture in a hands-on fashion. They are able to plant a tomato, make butter, see all kinds of farm animals, and learn where food comes from. This event is coordinated by OSU Extension and the Ashtabula County Farm Bureau and showcases the different types of agricultural commodities which are being produced here in Ashtabula County.
This year we will be back to in person, after two years of not being able to meet in Jefferson. The Ag Day Committee was glad that we could provide an Ag Day experience to the classroom and create interactive videos and activities with our ‘Virtual Ag Day’, last year. While we were able to make the best out of the situation, we are so happy to be back to an in-person event. After all, Ag Day was designed to provide kids with agricultural education that they can see, feel, and yes, smell! This year’s Ag Day will be the best yet! The committee members who serve and volunteer do a great job of making this a fun and educational trip for the students and are always looking for improvements for next year. Additionally, this event couldn’t happen without the support of the Ashtabula County community in the form of many local sponsorships and the over 300 volunteers for the day. Thank you to all those who support Ag Day! I look forward to seeing all the excited faces as they see a calf in person for the first time, or make their own butter, or see honeybees in a hive!