Two important opportunities await Local History Teams at MFB’s upcoming annual meeting (Nov. 27-29 in Grand Rapids), and another will follow quickly on its heels.
Share your Farm Bureau story
The centennial history exhibit at state annual will include a video booth where members can make an appointment to share their Farm Bureau story for posterity.
“We all have Farm Bureau stories to share,” said Local History Team program manager Jeremy C. Nagel, who will be manning the booth and facilitating the conversations. “Our aim is to document, collect and share. Momentous or routine, the stories of how our lives intersect with our organization—and vice-versa—are worth preserving and sharing.”
After light editing, the videos will be posted on MFB100.com to help spur other members statewide to follow suit.
“Local History Team members attending the meeting should come prepared to prime the pumps and help us turn this engine over,” Nagel said.
Not attending? Then visit with your county delegates who are, and encourage them to come with a few talking points scribbled on an index card.
Share your 2019 plans at SAM
A member-involvement theme within the centennial exhibit will include space for sharing what projects and activities Local History Teams are planning in 2019. This is just a simple area where counties can share ideas and plans for celebrating their local agricultural history.
“Think of it as a big bulletin board,” Nagel said. “Write out each of your ideas on an index card and send it to Grand Rapids with one of your delegates—or bring it yourself if you’re attending personally.”
All the ideas will be documented and shared in subsequent issues of Farm Gate.
Final touches have been made to the Local History Team grant application form, now ready for the first cycle of applicants. Grants of up to $500 per county Farm Bureau will be available to support teams’ work in celebrating the legacy of their local farm communities and county Farm Bureaus.
There will be two grant cycles, winter and summer:
The simple online application form is available now for your review, but note that first-round applications won’t be evaluated until late December. The form asks for information about your county’s Local History Team, what projects and activities it’s planning, member involvement estimates and outreach beyond the farming community.
Local History Team grants and other funding sources are discussed on page 14 of the program’s Tool Kit & Resource Guide.
“One of our goals with the Local History Team program is encouraging widespread member involvement in celebrating the history of Michigan agriculture,” Nagel said. “And locally—close to home—is where we all naturally connect best with our heritage.
“These grants are a small token toward encouraging all of our members, and every county Farm Bureau, to join MFB in our statewide celebration of Michigan’s agricultural heritage throughout the coming year.”
Forty of 65 county Farm Bureaus have appointed Local History Teams as of mid-October. Those with preliminary plans for how they’ll celebrate the history of their local farm community will be asked to share their ideas at the centennial history exhibit at MFB’s 2018 Annual Meeting, Nov. 27-29 in Grand Rapids. (See related article.)
Counties will be encouraged to share their local celebrations in more detail in a county-history showcase at the 2019 state annual meeting.
No Local History Team in your county? Let’s fix that. Have your MFB regional rep contact Jeremy C. Nagel (517-323-6585) and we’ll schedule a day to visit with prospects in your area.