Holmes Family Farm Field Days draws crowd in the thousands

BALTIC – Last weekend, my wife, Jean, and I were invited to speak at the 18th annual Family Farm Field Days in Holmes County where we gave a talk on monarch butterflies.

While we’ve done this talk many times before, at schools, churches and other events, this time was different. Sure, we got our point across that we need to plant more milkweed and pollinator plants to help the monarch population, but what Jean and I learned from the day spent at the Paul and Rebecca Nisley family farm was way more important.

You see, on that day we were the minority. We were some of only a handful of English in a sea of ​​Amish families, enjoying a summer day and supporting several worthy causes. And while Jean and I had enough to deal with in getting ready for our talk, it was easy to see the theme of the day was awareness in our everyday activities, our farming practices and our recreational endeavors.

As John Lorson, who led a nature walk, reiterated over and over, everything you do in nature has a consequence – some are good, some are bad.

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John Lorson (center) stops along the edge of the pasture and woods to point something out during his nature walk talk at Family Farm Field Days in Baltic.

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Family Farm Field Days is an annual Amish event, held for two years in a row at an Amish farm in Holmes or surrounding counties (mostly Holmes), then the next two years at a new farm. By all accounts, Family Farm Field Days Chairman AJ Miller said this year’s event “was and unbelievable success.”

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