More awards from our second cycle of Local History grants are headed toward these outstanding county Farm Bureaus to help them put wheels under their plans for celebrating the history of agriculture in their corners of Michigan. Check out their great ideas for sharing their local farming heritage with their communities!
Monroe County’s Local History celebrations started early, with a presentation of the county’s original articles of incorporation to the current county Farm Bureau board of directors by 103-year-old member Marion Yoas. An early-April event honored the service of the county organization’s past presidents.
This summer’s Monroe County Fair parade will boast a past-and-present theme. Promotion and Education volunteers are creating a covered-wagon float to honor the past; the present will be embodied by Monroe’s Young Farmers group.
In August Monroe’s regular members are all invited to a Heritage Picnic, with classic picnic fare served by the county’s Farm Bureau Insurance agents and auction proceeds benefitting Harvest for All.
Additional plans include a public tour of centennial farms, a display of historic material at the county annual, local media promotion and special recognition of Community Action Groups.
Lenawee County’s non-farming community will be targeted at several public-facing events, festivals and facilities throughout the year.
The many non-farmers attending midsummer parades and fairs will find strong ag representation in the form of poster exhibits, giveaway items, farm implement “floats” and farmers themselves.
Local museums in Adrian and Blissfield will host exhibits illustrating the agriculture's deep roots agriculture in the county’s rich soils.
At their joint annual meeting with Montcalm, Mecosta County members will enjoy a slide show of vintage photographs documenting the history of local agriculture.
Longtime members will also be recognized; 23 Mecosta County members have been on the rolls for more than 50 years—two of them for 70!
“We hope our members realize and take pride in being part of such an amazing organization,” said Mecosta CAM Jenn Marfio. “It says a lot about the quality of an organization to have members celebrating 50- and 70-year anniversaries!”
Celebrating jointly with neighboring Mecosta at their combined annual, Montcalm County members will enjoy a slide show and history exhibit documenting the region’s rich farming heritage.
Historical material will also be on display at the county fair in late June, where Montcalm’s popular ice cream booth attracts massive traffic from all fair-goers.
“This is a great way to showcase the progress and longevity of local agriculture,” said Local History Team member Breann Bonga.
The exhibits will feature materials from the county office’s archives, and commemorative gifts for longtime members will honor their service and role in Farm Bureau’s success.
St. Clair County’s 4-H and Youth Fair will host the county Farm Bureau’s centennial celebration with historical exhibits, kids’ activities and refreshments. The same displays will be used at their August annual meeting and September Project RED.
Many of the same photos and documents will also be shared on the county's Facebook page.
It’s not too late for your county Farm Bureau to apply for a Local History Grant of up to $500. If you haven’t yet, complete the simple online application form by clicking here.