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Go from farm to fork with 'Farm•ol•o•gy'

Farm Bureau hosts event that includes '100 mile meal'

March 10, 2010
LAPEER — Brush up on your knowledge of agriculture next Thursday at the Lapeer County Farm Bureau's 'Farm•ol•o•gy' event.

From 4-8 p.m. on March 18, the public is invited to stop by the Lapeer Center Building where they can chat with local farmers 'over the fence' and learn some science behind farming, what it takes to be a farmer, the advantages of buying locally grown foods and why farmers make good neighbors. More than 20 local farmers representing organic, cash crops, livestock, fruit, maple syrup, honey, and specialty operations will be on hand.

Hands-on attractions include a combine simulator and a milking demonstration from Urleene the cow. The Lapeer Master Gardeners will help visitors make their own paper pot plant starters.

Lapeer County's FFA, under the guidance of instructor Tammy Hyatt, have their own demonstrations planned —ice cream production, embryo transfer in cattle and how to raise alpacas.

The educational portion of the night is free of charge.

Lapeer County Farm Bureau invites the public to learn more about local agriculture on March 18 at their inaugural Farm•o•lo•gy event.
The evening also brings a 100-mile-meal to the Center Building. The meal coincides with fundraising efforts the Center Building are undertaking. Six times year they cater a meal to raise funds toward restoration work.

"We were presented with the opportunity to regain sight of where our food comes from by creating a meal using foods grown within 100 miles. We did our research and found many local farmers and growers we weren't aware of," Center Building Manager Cathy Carter said.

"Our biggest challenge has been the time of year; there is not much growing outside right now, but we have been able to put together a premium meal featuring pulled pork, roasted vegetables, biscuits, slaw, with apple crisp for desert. We are sticking with the 100 mile theme right down to the butter."

The meal also starts at 4 p.m. and tickets are $8 per person.

Farm•ol•o•gy is the Lapeer County Farm Bureau's way of reaching adults, similar to how their Rural Education Day or Project R.E.D helps third graders learn about agriculture.

"Research suggests that the general public is eager to know more about the food they eat, where and how it is produced, and the connection farming has to their community," Kelly Lewis, Farm Bureau's Promotion and Education chairperson, explains,

"Bringing the public and local farmers together at a single venue has been an idea I've had brewing for a couple of years. As the county coordinator for Project R.E.D., I have seen the positive reaction Lapeer County's third graders have toward farmers and agriculture and I want to bring that to all the people of our community," added Lewis.

For more information regarding Farm•ol•o•gy, please call Teresa Fick at (810) 441-0911.

To purchase tickets for the 100 mile meal, contact Cathy Carter at (810) 664-2109 or Gloria Ginell at 810-664-9712.

Maria Brown joined the Tri-City Times staff in 2003, the same year she earned a bachelor's degree in English from Calvin College. Born and raised in Imlay City, she now resides north of Capac where she enjoys working on the farm, gardening and reading.
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