DEWITTVILLE - A rainy day still brought more than 525 visitors to a dairy farm on Sept. 21 to learn more about agriculture in Chautauqua County.
The Visit the Farm Day, held by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County and hosted by Country Ayre Farms, LLC was deemed a success despite the poor weather conditions.
The farm is owned by Richard and Joan Kimball, Seth Kimball, and Mike and Heather Woodis and family and is located on Meadows Road in Dewittville, at the site of the historical "County Farm." Visitors enjoyed activities and educational displays about agriculture prior to and after a 40-minute guided walking tour where they could pet baby calves, learn about the caring for and milking of cows, and how the soils and nutrients are managed on the 1,375 acre farm.
Cornell Cooperative Extension thanks the numerous sponsors of the event, including: Cuff Farm Services Inc., Dairylea Cooperative Inc., Barneys Hoof Trimming/Brent Anderson, Chautauqua Veterinary Service, Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, Farm Credit East ACA, Gabel's IBA, Gramco Inc., NOCO Energy Corp., Ortel Supply Inc., Pioneer Hi-Bred Seed, ABS Global, Big Tree Maple, Farm Family Insurance, Gay-Mark Tire & Wheel Inc., Growmark FS, LLC, Jamestown Awning, Jamestown Ice, Mayville Auto Supply, Rodgers & Sons Inc., Tri-James Services Inc., WNY Crop Management, Z&M Ag & Turf. The event was also sponsored by a grant through the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
The event could not have been conducted without the assistance of over three dozen volunteers from the agricultural community, and without the hard work and preparation of the hosts, the Kimball and Woodis families. A special thank you to the Chautauqua County Farm Bureau, the local media for helping to promote the event, area schools for sending flyers home with their students, and to Ted Card for the use of his trailer and assistance with setting up and cleaning up after the event.