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Entrepreneurial workshops, Ag Art show, Charcuterie with Chefs added

The Butler County Farm Bureau Association is now selling tickets for its annual Farm to Fork and So Much More event in July. This year the event expands to eight days, July 16 to July 23, and includes agribusiness workshops and a public agri art exhibit.

Since 2016, the annual event brings urban and rural people together. The highlight is the one-day bus tour on July 23 that brings urban consumers to rural parts of the county to visit the farms and ranches, and the families producing their food source. The tour ends at Fulton Valley Farms south of Towanda with a dinner featuring locally sourced foods prepared by culinary chefs and students of Butler Community College’s Redler Institute of Culinary Arts.

“Everything we serve at dinner is produced in Butler County,” said Tiya Tonn, Butler County Farm Bureau Association county coordinator and Farm to Fork chair. “Whether its beef, pork, vegetables, fruit, breads, honey, cheese, it is all from our local producers. This is always a highlight. Each year people really enjoy it.”

Named a County Activities of Excellence national award winner from the American Farm Bureau Federation in 2016, Farm to Fork and So Much More is now expanding to highlight local non consumables that agriculture is a part of like the soy candles at HandH Collection in Augusta. And, instead of one day, it is now eight days of various ag-related activities.

“Butler County is uniquely positioned,” said Tonn. “On the west side of our county, we nestle up to the Wichita metro area, which is a dynamic, fast-growing area. Then, as you travel east across our county, it becomes extremely rural. We love tying this all together in a series of events that offers something for people of all ages.”

2022 Farm to Fork Highlights. The full schedule is available online.

• Saturday, July 16: Family AgVenture Day self-guided tour, entrepreneurial workshops, Farmers After Market, and an evening with Charcuterie with Chefs at Augusta’s Applejack Pumpkin Patch. 

• Saturday, July 23: Farm to Fork “AgVenture” Luxury Charter Bus Tour and Bounty of Butler Feast at Fulton Valley Farms south of Towanda.

For details and ticket prices for each event like the free week-long Butler Ag Art show at the Butler County Historical Society/Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado, visit www.farmtoforkkansas.org. For more information, call or text 316-320-3166 or email ButlerFB@KFB.org.

This annual Butler County Farm Bureau Association (BCFBA) event highlights the value of locally produced goods and celebrates agriculture with consumers, producers, and culinary pros. Farm to Fork and So Much More is a fundraiser for the Ag in the Classroom program hosted by the Butler County Farm Bureau Association, a non-profit organization comprised of farmers and ranchers and their families who work to feed the world and educate consumers on behalf of their industry.

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