LANSING — Tuscola, Shiawassee and Clinton have now joined the growing ranks of county Farm Bureaus fielding Local History Teams. As of late last week, 27 county Farm Bureaus have appointed teams to shepherd the collection, organization and sharing of their local agricultural legacies in synch with MFB’s yearlong centennial celebration next year:
Active Local History Team members should have a copy of the program’s new Tool Kit & Resource Guide; the first batch of booklets were delivered last month. Your MFB regional representative has copies for distribution; you can also download and print a copy from MFB100.COM/resources.
Through at least the end of next year, MFB Member Communications Specialist Jeremy C. Nagel will serve as de facto program manager, encouraging, supporting and sharing the efforts of Local History Teams statewide.
“I’m eager to get on the road and start making the rounds to drop in and check out these teams in action,” Nagel said. “What I’ve seen so far has been incredibly encouraging—there’s a real energy that happens when members’ hearts and minds get into this project.
“Initial, day-one conversations about celebrating the legacy local farm community history sometimes start slow, but the engine turns over quick and is hard to shut down once it’s going. People get so into this, early conversations can be very, very hard to wrap up.”
“The next challenge is to control it and point it in the direction you want to take.”