Organic Grain Seed Breeding Farm Tour
Steven and Judith Coblentz are New Order Amish farmers running a diverse operation along with Steven’s father, Mahlon, and brothers, Paul and Nelson. Together, the family farms 300 acres of forage, corn, beans, small grains, and cover crops. In addition to farming, Steven is a Byron Seed dealer with extensive test plots, Paul breeds horses, Nelson works with Natural Way Minerals, and Mahlon specializes in concrete stamping. Tour the Coblentz’s seed test plots, featuring more than 100 varieties, and their seed breeding operation. There will also be horse-drawn equipment demonstrations of tillage work and harvesting, weather permitting. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be provided from the farm to seed test plots. An OEFFA Grain Growers Chapter meeting will take place before the tour from 10-11:45 a.m. Bring a dish to share for a potluck lunch from 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. Tours and demonstrations will begin at 1 p.m.
Registration: To register for the potluck, email email@example.com.
Directions: From Belle Center, go west on Rte. 273. Turn south on County Rd. 49. The farm is in about 3 miles.