Miami County 2017 Spring Farm Tour


The Miami County Farm Tour is coming up this weekend—May 13 and 14. There was a time I would have enjoyed touring various farming operations: I like to learn about lots of different things. I never, however, thought I'd be a farmer, let alone be a stop on a farm tour.

We were visiting the farmer's market up in Overland Park one weekend and met the owner of Prothe's Pecans, who has a stall there. We mentioned we raised bison out his way. He asked whether we'd be interested in being part of the Spring Farm Tour and said he'd send us information about the tour.

We submitted all the necessary forms, then wondered what we'd gotten ourselves into. Fortunately, we've had a few months to figure out some activities. We found handouts for the children and borrowed props from a friend in the bison business—we are so new to the business, we didn't have anything we could use, yet.

For the past couple of weeks, we've been working on a presentation we can play for visitors that provides a glimpse into the history of bison and the bison business. We have most of the display set up and will refine it throughout the week.

If the Boy Scouts are willing to lend a hand, we plan to offer bison burgers for sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with the profits going to the Scout troop my son was involved in. We will also be selling meat, but the focus of our stop is teaching people about our National Mammal, the American Bison, a true come-back story.

Come on down to Paola to visit! The tour runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. We look forward to meeting you!