Breakfast on the Farm Organizers looking for 2012 host farms

Eight Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) events were held throughout Michigan from June to September, 2011. It’s now time to start planning for 2012.

Since the inaugural Michigan “Breakfast on the Farm” event was held in 2009 at Dutch Meadows Dairy, near the mid-Michigan town of St. Johns, interest in replicating this event led to the formation of four events in 2010 and eight in 2011. More than 13,400 people attended the eight events in 2011, and all totaled, more than 22,500 people have attended MSU Extension Breakfast on the Farm programs.

Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) gives consumers and farm neighbors a first-hand look at modern food production, and the farm families who work hard to produce a safe, wholesome food supply for Michigan communities and the world. BOTF is an MSU Extension program that is guided by a statewide advisory council and events are made possible through generous statewide and local sponsors and many local volunteers. County Farm Bureaus have been an important partner in many of these educational events.

Host farms are selected by the state council through an application process. We are striving to have events in diverse geographic areas so we can reach consumers throughout Michigan. Information on past events is available at the BOTF website at www.breakfastonthefarm.com. The application and a checklist of host farm expectations are located under “Contact Us!” or by going directly to that page at http://www.breakfastonthefarm.com/breakfastonthefarm/contact_us. If you would like MSU Extension to consider your farm for a 2012 Breakfast on the Farm event, please complete the application and submit it to your local MSU Extension Educator for approval and submission to the Extension Agriculture Literacy Educators, Nancy Thelen or Mary Dunckel, by December 1, 2011. The statewide BOTF advisory council will review all applications and notify applicants in December of farms selected for a 2012 event.

Breakfast on the Farm showcases a selection of Michigan’s outstanding farms and introduces the non-farm public to the life and business of modern agriculture through a fun and educational event that emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship, food safety and good animal care practices. A limited number of farms will be selected as host farms for 2012 events. Completed host farm applications are due December 1, 2011. For more information visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com or contact MSU Extension Agriculture Literacy Educators and Breakfast on the Farm organizers, Mary Dunckel at 989-354-9870 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Nancy Thelen at 734-222-3825 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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