Attendees at the 2019 Growing Together Conference (Feb. 15-17, 2019) can choose from a diverse smorgasbord of interesting tour destinations—and delicious dining venues—to kick off their three days in Grand Rapids. Four thoughtfully prepared tracks prepare engaging combinations of agricultural businesses, cultural attractions and western Michigan’s burgeoning brew scene.
See the full agenda online; contact your county Farm Bureau office to register before the Jan. 8 deadline. (Registration includes Friday and Saturday hotel nights and meals.)
Four different activity tracks are available for attendees:
Feels Like Home to Me
Celebrate MFB’s centennial by viewing agricultural artifacts at the Grand Rapids Public Museum Community Archives and Research Center. Mealtime plays a key role in any family’s history and our Farm Bureau family is no different. Visit Michigan Turkey Producers to learn how this farmer-owned co-op processes turkey for any occasion. Finally, envision the future at Herman Miller’s Greenhouse furniture manufacturing facility. Enjoy dinner at New Holland Brewing Company or Founders Brewing Company.
Food for the Soul
As farmers and ag industry professionals, we do our part to feed the world day in and day out. Participate in a service project at Feeding America West Michigan to help put food on the tables of those in need. Stop by Meijer’s headquarters to learn about their commitment to marketing Michigan products. End with dinner at The Knickerbocker by New Holland Brewing Company.
Won’t You Be My 'Neigh'bor
Michigan agriculture comes in all shapes and sizes. Family Farm and Home retails supplies for the backyard gardener, the longtime farmer and 4-H and FFA students. Hear how this Michigan-based company supports rural life across the Midwest. Next up, visit a horse boarding and training facility focusing on sport horses. Finally, make a stop at Heeren Brothers Produce, a multi-generation produce distribution facility which works to store, package and distribute fresh Michigan produce year-round. End the day with dinner at either Atwater Brewery or Vander Mill.
Let’s Talk A-Boat Water
Head toward Muskegon to Grand Valley State University’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute. The research facility serves students of all ages, educating about aquatic life and studying our Great Lakes ecosystems. The facility operates two research vessels which operate in the summer months out of ports in Muskegon and Grand Haven. Hear from researchers about projects to study our lakes. Additional tour stops and dinner location coming soon!