2012 Mid-Michigan farm show

The Mid-Michigan Farm Show helps producers learn how to market eggs and meat on a farmer market level.

This year marks the 36th annual Farm Show held at the Gladwin Community Arena, and the planning committee has been working harder than ever to make this year a success again. The planning committee consists of Clare & Gladwin Farm Bureau members, local farmers and business professionals from the area.

Several new exhibitors will be featured this year including Dow AgroSciences and DuPont. A website has been created to provide real-time updates on the show. Last year’s attendance was our all-time high despite school closing due to bad weather. There were approximately 300 grade school children who would have normally attended from the county. However, there were 609 attendees, and if we would have had the school children, attendance would have been close to 1,000 people.

This year’s theme “Farm to Market: Know your Farmer, Know your Food” will be highlighted by free educational sessions that will be offered:

  • Local Foods, production to market opportunities

  • Retail meat and egg sales, what do I need to know?

  • Discussion of the local farmers market in Gladwin

Topics for the student activities this year include:

  • Tom McKimmy from McKimmy Farms, will cover all of the crops that are grown     on the farm and what happens to them after harvest.

  • WOW Food Pyramid Bracelets

  • Clare County Farm Bureau with their teaching cow named Clover. Clover is a     wooden cow that teaches students all about the items that come from a dairy cow, including all of the by-products like leather and Jell-o!

  • A Petting Zoo that 4-H leader Brenda Inscho coordinated. Sheep, horses, rabbits and chickens will be on display.

  • Bob Frei, local county historian, will give a talk on the history of Gladwin County.

For more information, visit the Farm Show website.

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