District 9 Young Farmers accomplished two goals with one event at their June tour. Hosted by Young Farmer member Branden Jenkins of Jenkins Potato Farm, the tour successfully brought together both local consumers and area farmers to the same table.
Nearly 40 people attended, including members of the Kalkaska community and Young Farmers from across District 9 (Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Leelanau, Manistee, Missaukee and Wexford counties.) Everyone enjoyed a meal, hay ride and each other’s company.
“We just wanted to have consumers meet with farmers from our area—and give our Young Farmers an opportunity to get together,” Jenkins said.
Community members visited with the gathered farmers, putting faces to today’s agriculture and getting their questions answered about how their food is grown.
The Young Farmers enjoyed the opportunity to venture across county lines and come together after the spring season.
“Events like this are vital to bringing farmers together,” said MFB District 9 Director Ben LaCross. “Sharing the story of agriculture with consumers, sharing the stories of the spring season, and sharing a meal, this event brought together a group of not just farmers, but people, reaching across the table to bridge the gap between farmers and the consumers they feed.”
Genesee County native Nicole Jennings serves Farm Bureau members in the northwest region, including the Benzie-Manistee, Mason, Missaukee, Northwest Michigan and Wexford County Farm Bureaus.