In a more visible expression of its charity work, the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies happily arranged for over 100 employees to break from their normal office routines and become apple pickers for part of a day to help feed the local community.
The Farm Bureau Family, which includes staff from both Michigan Farm Bureau — the state's largest farm organization — and Farm Bureau Insurance — Michigan's insurance company, partnered with The Country Mill in Charlotte, where owner Steve Tennes normally holds a free apple-picking event called "Pick a Peck for People" to benefit the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Farm Bureau's apple picking was held Oct. 29 in advance of The Country Mill's public event and blew everyone's expectations for the amount of apples staff would pick to donate to the Greater Lansing Food Bank thanks to the orchard's generosity. The final tally totaled 6,608 pounds - nearly triple the anticipated harvest!
Farm Bureau's involvement is part of the national Harvest for All program which encourages state and county Farm Bureaus to help feed people in their communities by donating surplus agricultural commodities, money, non-perishable food products and volunteer time to local food banks and state agencies. Harvest for All is coordinated in Michigan under the leadership of Michigan Farm Bureau's state Young Farmer and Promotion and Education committees.
Read the accompanying Michigan Farm News story: Farm Bureau employees pick, donate 6,600 pounds of apples to Greater Lansing Food Bank