Throwback Thursday: Summer Supervisor School 1969

Throwback to the Summer of 1969! This photo was taken at a Summer Supervisor School conservation tour. Will you be joining us in 2015? Learn more at

This year’s tours include:

Tour A: Wild Sunrise Tour:    Learn how Sunrise Cooperative has been using research on Lodar Farm using soybean yield data to develop prescriptions for fertilizer to assist in better “4R” management. Additional stops will be at the Oil and Gas Agricultural Museum, the Killbuck Wildlife Area, and Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). At Killbuck, you will be amazed by this 5,670 acre wildlife area situated in Holmes and Wayne Countries. A great variety of nesting and migrant birds utilize the area. Of particular interest is the spring migration of waterfowl and songbirds. The annual Shreve Migration Sensation is an event at the end of March that attracts thousands of birders and wildlife enthusiasts from Ohio and other states. The last stop of the day will be at OARDC for lunch and to view the QUASAR Biodigester and continuous no-till plots. Lunch will be served at Secrest Arboretum.

Tour B: Pioneers to the Woods!: World known for the Horse Progress Days, our first stop features Pioneer Equipment, manufactures of horse-drawn equipment.  A Leader in the Industry Since 1978 – Pioneer Equipment Manufactures Plows; Harrows; Wagons; Sleds; Dump Trailers; Forecarts; Training Carts; PTO Carts; Neckyokes, Eveners and Tongues for all your Horse Farming Needs. Next stop is Woodlyn Acres where we will meet the 4th generation farm owner, Fred Myers who is also a Wayne SWCD Supervisor. Specializing in hay, grain, and cover crops, Myers will also discuss how being conservation-minded helped keep and promote the Ag Plastic Recyling Program. After a busy morning, we will make a stop at J. M. Smuckers Store and Cafe for lunch, shopping, and a self guided historical tour. Before returning to Walnut Creek, we will make our last stop at Johnson Woods State Nature,  one of Ohio’s oldest and best remaining old growth forests.  Some trees are over 400 years old, over 120 and have a diameter of 4-5 feet!

Tour C: Down Holmes – This tour will feature industry and conservation initiatives in Holmes County, Ohio. Our first stop will be at Trailway Wood where we will learn how the hardwood furniture industry is vital to the local economy bringing in over 4 million people to the area each year. Our next stop will feature a local amish farm where the owner is a participant in the Walnut Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Water Quality Trading Project. Additional stops will include Trail Farm Supply, a manufacturer of custom horse and dairy equipment, and Keim Lumber. Our last stop will be Farmerstown Community Livestock Auction where participants can view a live auction in the sale ring or visit with some of the flea market style vendors. Lunch will be hosted at Keim Lumber.

Tour D: Farm to Industry TourThis tour will feature local farms and industry in Coshocton County. Our first stop will be Gerber and Son, Inc where we will learn more about commodity sales of local agriculture producers as well as tour the facility. Just a short commute away is Pearl Valley Cheese. At this location, we will tour the cheese house and watch the process of making cheese as well as discuss purchasing milk from local dairy producers. Next stop will be WenMar Farms, a hog producer in West Lafayette and will learn about the operation and its connection to Gerbers. TMK Bakersville will be on location to demonstrate a drone and discuss how this tool is assisting producers in decision making. Our last stop will include lunch at Schumaker Farms, a family owned farm of 200 years. Here, we will learn about the farm market and catering business.

Tour E: Dam and Dairy Tour: Located on the Tuscarawas River, Dover Dam is a concrete gravity structure with a maximum height of 83 feet above the streambed. Representatives from the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District and Army Corp of Engineers will be on site to discuss more about the functions of this location as well as current programs and conservation partnerships. Additional stops will feature the Deetz Farm dairy farm expansion in Ragersville Valley as well as Andreas Dairy. (Description to be updated by April 30)  Lunch will be served at Union Hill Church.