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2012 Breakfast on the Farm Events
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Breakfast on the Farm is a free, family-friendly program that links consumers with local family farmers who work hard all year long to grow the food we need. This statewide program started in 2009, and more than 22,500 visitors have participated in the thirteen Breakfast on the Farm events held in the last three years.


Source: Michigan State University, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Contact: Mindy Maxwell Pratt at 517-432-1555, ext. 223

 

2012 Breakfast on the Farm Events Offer Fun Learning Experiences


Breakfast on the Farm is the perfect opportunity for parents to partake in a fun learning experience with their kids outdoors on a local Michigan farm. June through October, Breakfast on the Farm events will take place in various counties across the state. Families will be given the chance to learn about how their food is grown and harvested and how farm animals are raised and looked after. “It is an exciting time as we begin planning for the 2012 educational events,” said Nancy Thelen, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension agriculture literacy educator. “Each breakfast has a local planning committee, which works with MSU Extension and the host farm to plan and implement the program. Each event will be recruiting between 175 and 200 agriculture-related volunteers to assist with the breakfast and tour.”

Breakfast on the Farm is a free, family-friendly program that links consumers with local family farmers who work hard all year long to grow the food we need. This statewide program started in 2009, and more than 22,500 visitors have participated in the thirteen Breakfast on the Farm events held in the last three years. Michigan ranks second in the nation for agricultural diversity, and that diversity is shown in the eight farms chosen to host events this year. From potatoes to corn to dairy cows to apples, each farm chosen offers something unique to its visitors.

“All of our hosts are excited about the opportunity to open their farms to the public,” said Mary Dunckel, MSU Extension agriculture literacy educator. “They want to provide visitors with a firsthand look at what they do to produce safe and nutritious food and how they care for their animals and the environment. Farmers are also consumers who recognize the importance of producing the highest quality food and the necessity to manage and protect the natural resources that allows them to do this. In a nutshell, farmers strive to put wholesome food on their plates, and they are proud to do the same for families in Michigan and beyond.”

The following farms will be hosting Breakfast on the farm events in 2012:

  • June 16 hosted by Myers Farms LLC, Scotts (Kalamazoo County)
  • June 23 hosted by Choate’s Belly Acres, Cement City (Jackson County)
  • July 21 hosted by Goma Dairy Farm, Marlette (Sanilac County)
  • July 28 hosted by VanDrese Farms, Cornell (Delta County)
  • August 4 hosted by May Farms, Sparta (Kent County)
  • August 11 hosted by Judge Dairy Farm Inc., Shepherd (Isabella County)
  • August 25 hosted by Gingrich Meadows, LeRoy (Osceola County)
  • October 6 hosted by John Schaendorf Dairy, Allegan (Allegan County)

To find out more information about Breakfast on the Farm or to see pictures from past events, please visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com, or find them on Facebook. If you have any questions, please contact Thelen at 734-222-3825 or thelenn@anr.msu.edu,or Dunckel at 989-354-9870 or dunckelm@anr.msu.edu.