Breakfast on the Farm 2013 programs begin Saturday, June 15

The educational programs offer an opportunity for consumers to get a firsthand look at the farms that are producing our food and learn more about modern agriculture production.

The 2013 Michigan State University Extension Breakfast on the Farm events will kick off on Saturday, June 15 at the Reid Dairy Farm located near Jeddo in St. Clair County.

Breakfast on the Farm, a program of MSU Extension, began in 2009 in Clinton County. Consumer interest in Breakfast on the Farm has steadily grown over the past four years with more than 40,800 interested people attending the 21 events held since 2009. In 2013 there will be five events held in various locations around the state. As more of our population is further removed from agricultural production, this public educational effort increases the consumer’s knowledge of modern food production and farming practices, and their confidence in food products.

Planning for a Breakfast on the Farm is a 6-9 month process by a very dedicated group of local planning committee members. MSU Extension leads the planning, and the committees are comprised of the host family, Extension staff, local Farm Bureau and commodity group members, fellow farmers, neighbors, friends and local business representatives. The local planning committee works hard to obtain donations to market the program and to provide a free breakfast and educational tour of the farm. State and local sponsors are critical to being able to offer this program and their support is greatly appreciated. In addition, there will be over 200 volunteers at each location who will help with various responsibilities on the day of the event.

The breakfast at the Reid Dairy Farm, 7096 Vincent Road, Jeddo, (Grant Township), Mich. will get underway at 9 a.m. on June 15. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon and tours will be offered until 1 p.m. The self-guided educational walking tour will have stations highlighting various aspects of the farm. For the Reid Dairy Farm this includes calf care, animal wellbeing and healthy cows, comfortable cow housing, cow nutrition, manure handling and storage, milking system and milk quality, and water recycling and solar energy. Several pieces of farm equipment and technology will be on display and farmers and agriculture representatives will be ready to share information and answer questions. There will also be many activities for children of all ages.

The event is completely free, but tickets are required for the breakfast. The free tickets are available at locations throughout St. Clair and surrounding counties. For more information about Breakfast on the Farm and a list of ticket locations, visit Tickets are not required for the tour. Jim and Pam Reid and their family, the Breakfast on the Farm volunteers and the sponsors will have everything in order for the visitors to enjoy a delicious breakfast and a fun-filled and educational tour of the farm.

For more information on the Breakfast on the Farm events contact Nancy Thelen at 734-222-3825 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Ashley Kuschel at 586-469-7616 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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