Breakfast on the Farm wraps up another successful season
Five Michigan farm families gave visitors an incredible first-hand look at modern agriculture. Now is the time for interested farm families to apply to host an event in 2016.
Michigan State University Extension would like to thank Stakenas Farms, Roto-Z Dairy Farm, Hood Farms Family Dairy, Wheeler Dairy Farm and Pleasant View Dairy for hosting a 2015 Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) event. Their willingness to open up their farms made it possible for 13,481 people to experience the life and business of modern farming. Since the inaugural Michigan BOTF in 2009, nearly 75,000 visitors and volunteers have attended the events held throughout the state.
All five BOTF events this year featured dairy farms. Each started with a farm-cooked breakfast that included Michigan products. After enjoying breakfast, visitors embarked on a self-guided tour of the farm to see first-hand how farmers care for their animals, protect the environment and produce safe, wholesome food.
Along with host families, volunteers are also critical to the program’s success. This year, 1,413 volunteers assisted with the events. They helped by serving on planning committees, preparing food, staffing educational stations, directing traffic, driving tractors, keeping the farm neat and the visitors safe.