Food, friendship and a pinch of Farm Bureau were the key ingredients to a highly successful membership event in Mason County. For the third year in a row more than 90 attendees gathered at a local member’s shop for a late-winter fish fry, mingling with dozens of neighbors with one thing in common: a passion for agriculture.
This year’s event was hosted by Chuck and Nikkol Schade at their farm in Riverton Township.
“When we offer something casual like this, people in our county really respond to it,” said Mason County Farm Bureau President Seth Earl. “People like shop parties, and this is an event where people can bring families and enjoy a dinner.”
Earl and other Mason County Farm Bureau leaders know their members appreciate opportunities to come together, and a menu of fried food doesn’t hurt either. Active members like Brad Brown, a participant in MFB’s Agriculture Leadership Exchange to Argentina, and the Schades, who attended the Washington Legislative Seminar, took the opportunity to talk about their experiences in an intimate setting with longtime, new and potential members.
“Events just like this are what Farm Bureau is all about,” Earl said. “Farmers coming together before the craziness of spring planting season, spending time with old friends and getting to know some new ones.
“I love seeing our members just taking in each other’s company—and a great meal. It’s simple events like this where you see people really enjoying their membership in an organization that brings this kind of unity to our farm community.”
Genesee County native Nicole Jennings is an MFB regional representative, working with five county Farm Bureaus in the northwestern Lower Peninsula: Benzie-Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Northwest Michigan and Wexford.