Just because they live in "the country" doesn't mean our neighbors know what we do. That is the reason Friends of Johnson County started the "'Know Your Neighbor" tradition.
"Know Your Neighbor" is a yearly open house, held at different farms each year. The public is invited to interact with the farm family, see demonstrations and exhibits, and learn more about local agriculture.
While the tours take place on a farm, local ag businesses are invited to share their part in production agriculture. Neighbors are invited to tour, talk with each other and learn about what they see going on in the fields around their homes.
Friends of Johnson County Agriculture was formed as a part of a Leadership Johnson County group project. Leadership Johnson County is a year-long class designed to improve community involvement and foster leadership.
The Friends of Johnson County Agriculture ultimately imagined growing a fund that could be used to improve awareness of the importance of agriculture in the local community and beyond, give back to the community and address the needs of the agricultural community.
The group, made up of agricultural community members, has raised more than $30,000 and assisted with the promotion of agriculture in the community. The successful fundraising efforts have allowed for an endowment to be established at The Johnson County Community Foundation for long-term support of local agriculture.
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Other prominent projects promoted by the group are the Grain Bin Rescue Training Facility, located at Bargersville Fire Department. This project began by training more than 60 Johnson County firefighters to use RES-Q tubes in grain entrapment situations.
The group was able to acquire two RES-Q tubes, one for each side of the county, to be in constant access for emergency personal when needed. Working with the Bargersville Fire Department, the group granted $5000 to install a permanent grain bin training facility. It will be state of the art and will be used by not only training Johnson County firefighters but for those across the state.