Engaging in local activities is one way GreenStone gives back to places where we work and live. Our employees carry out our passion for community engagement through a variety of activities both as GreenStone representatives and as volunteers – we are pleased to tell their stories here. Watch for upcoming stories of how our employees give back in our Open Fields blog!
A great way to inform community members about local agriculture and farming practices is by doing it in a fun, engaging way for the entire family. With farm technology and modern techniques changing and improving all the time, many have no idea just how innovative the agricultural industry is.
Ag Venture Day is a community event in downtown Harbor Beach, Michigan where folks from all over the surrounding area come to learn about local agriculture by participating in fun, engaging activities. The event includes farm equipment displays, educational booths with hands-on activities, a pedal tractor pull, equipment demonstrations, as well as a live band and lots of food and beverages for all.
In addition, some other fun activities at the venue are a 5k run and Farm Fit Challenge where proceeds from registration fees go toward benefiting the Huron Area Technical Center. A farm tour is included every hour as well. Attendees have the opportunity to visit a dairy farm where they learn about robotic milking practices and raising calves, and observe the farmland tiling and drainage process.
Wanda Skinner, a financial services officer serving GreenStone’s Caro, Bad Axe and Sandusky branches, shared how GreenStone got involved.
“Initially, the Bad Axe branch got involved by sponsoring the event and donating bottled waters,” Wanda said. “This year, the branch chose to set up a booth at the event with children’s activities.”
Wanda, along with team members Lori Leppek and Sadie Pionk, both customer service representatives in the Bad Axe branch, volunteered operating the booth.
“This event is important for our community as a whole because it brings awareness to today’s innovative farming practices and technologies people might not otherwise be familiar with,” Wanda shared. “My favorite part is seeing community members, young and old, come together enjoying the day of exploring local agriculture.”