Local History Teams in more than 20 county Farm Bureaus will see funding awards soon as a result of the applications they submitted during the winter grant cycle.
Successful applications came from the following county Farm Bureaus: Arenac, Barry, Bay, Branch, Clinton, Emmet, Genesee, Hiawathaland, Hillsdale, Iosco, Iron Range, Jackson, Livingston, Menominee, Missaukee, Ogemaw, Osceola, Sanilac, Tuscola, Washtenaw and Wayne.
Don’t see your county on that list? Not to worry: another application cycle is forthcoming later this year. (Look for details soon here in Farm Gate.)
Here’s a very small sampling (condensed!) of the plans our county Farm Bureaus have in store for celebrating their local agricultural heritage this year:
“For our first project we're building a portable display to take to local libraries and events. The display will highlight facts about agriculture in our community and the history of agriculture and Farm Bureau.
“The next project will be a float celebrating 100 years of agriculture at the Cass City Freedom Fest, Mayville Sunflower Fest, Kingston Days, Michigan Bean Fest and Caro Pumpkin Fest.
“The last project we have in the works is creating a 100-year celebration placemat to distribute to local restaurants during Ag Week, highlighting our rich agricultural history and fun facts about ag in our community.
“We are focusing on reaching our non-farming community by displaying fun facts in several different places where everyone goes. We hope to spread knowledge about agriculture and how important it is to not only our community, but our world!”
“Our History Team will host an ice cream social during our county fair. We intend to set up a tent with historic documents and pictures, and have current and past board members available to speak with visitors. We will also have a smaller tent/table at our monthly farmers’ market, May-July, with invitations for the ice cream social.”
“We will develop a traveling display highlighting the history of Farm Bureau and agriculture in the central Upper Peninsula and make it available to historical museums in Delta, Marquette, Alger and Schoolcraft counties. Our members will research historical materials, building relationships with the local historical museums in our counties.
“Our history will also be shared with visitors to the U.P. State Fair Miracle of Life Exhibit.”
Barry County Farm Bureau plans a staged celebration, spring through fall, with various activities targeting different groups, from elementary student to members of local service clubs:
Placemats spotlighting farm facts specific to Iron Range Farm Bureau will be donated to local restaurants in Iron and Dickinson Counties in March. Also this month they’ll host a meet-n-greet social at Solberg’s Restaurant in Felch, where longtime members will be asked to share their reasons for joining and memories of their favorite activities. Some of that history will be gathered and shared on displays at the Iron and Dickinson County Fairs.
Members will also be encouraged to bring and share old photos and documents to illustrate the history of farming in the southwestern Lower Peninsula.
Ogemaw’s celebration will focus on a tent exhibit at the Ogemaw County Fair in August, showcasing local agricultural history with photos and memorabilia. Members are collecting historical items, documents, newspaper articles and other memorabilia.
Exhibits of historical photos and memorabilia will be on display at both the Iosco County Fair in July and the county Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in October. Visitors will be enticed by coupons for free ice cream or other seasonal treats.
And this was just a small sample! Keep reading Farm Gate for more coverage of Local History Team activities statewide.