MANCHESTER — Washtenaw County Farm Bureau held their Young Farmer Ag-vocacy Breakfast event at Horning Farms in Manchester April 14. Hosted by Promotion and Education volunteer Katelyn Packard, it was open to members from across District 3, with the focus of the morning being a media roundtable discussion.
Facilitated by Michigan Farm Bureau’s Steve Paradiso, media relations and marketing manager, two members of the media, Barbara Lucas of WEMU 89.1 FM’s The Green Room and Marsha Chartrand of The Manchester Mirror, shared their views on questions such as:
Kathy Siler is communications chair for Washtenaw County. She was pleased with both the turnout and the discussion.
“We are extremely grateful to the more than 40 folks who braved the gruesome weather conditions of rain, wind and a chilly barn to attend our District 3 Young Farmer Ag-vocacy pancake breakfast and media training presentation hosted by Horning Farms,” said Siler.
“Special thanks to Steve Paradiso from Michigan Farm Bureau; Marsha Johnson Chartrand, a founder, writer, and copy editor with The Manchester Mirror; and Barbara Lucas who is the writer and producer of all episodes of The Green Room radio program on WEMU 89.1 FM. Their thoughtful comments and perspectives were invaluable!
“It was great to hear from young farmer attendees from Washtenaw, Wayne and Monroe counties, as well as Saline FFA students, Junior Livestock and 4-H members about their farms and involvement in agriculture and ag-related organizations. And thanks to the members of our Promotion and Education committee who planned the event, and all the dedicated volunteers who set-up, cooked the yummy meal and helped with cleanup!”
With plans to continue the event in the future, this was the second in three years, with the first focused on how to tell your own and your farm’s story, how to give a farm tour, and how to respond respectfully to consumers’ questions. Watch this feature from WDIV’s Live in the D to learn more about the Horning’s multi-generational family farm.