Information for Hosts

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Considering hosting Breakfast on the Farm? Here's what you should know:

Breakfast on the Farm is an MSU Extension event designed to showcase a selection of Michigan farms and to introduce the non‐farm public to modern agriculture. It's an educational event that emphasizes the importance of environmental stewardship, food safety and good animal care. Because of the size and scope of the event, it is not for every farm or every farmer. Below is a brief checklist to help you decide if hosting a Breakfast on the Farm is right for you and your family: 

Yes we have:

  • Facilities and farmstead that will accommodate 1,500 – 2,500 visitors in a 4‐5 hour period
  • Building or access to a tent, table and chairs that will accommodate 250‐300 people for  breakfast
  • Parking for approximately 300 cars at one time and transportation for visitors requiring assistance
  • Access to port‐o‐johns, hand washing facilities, potable water, waste receptacles
  • Adequate liability insurance to cover visitors (if not, we are willing to help secure a special policy for the  event)

Yes we are:

  • Comfortable with allowing visitors access to all areas of the farm that are safe and accessible  
  • Willing to comply with bio‐security standards set by MSU Extension
  • Able to commit time and resources to plan and organize the event; to attend 5‐10 planning meetings and to prepare the farm
  • Willing to help identify and work with a planning committee 6‐15 volunteers and at least one MSU Extension staff member
  • Willing to help MSU Extension secure 100‐200 volunteers for the day of the event
  • Willing to identify and contact local financial sponsors and to have a local MSU Extension office serve as the fiduciary for the event
  • Willing to be financially responsible for maintenance, cleaning and other event preparations on the farm
  • Willing to serve as a media spokesperson for your farm and to participate in media training prior to the event
  • Willing to complete an application in order to be considered as a potential Breakfast on the Farm host

Download a PDF of this checklist

Apply

Download the application here and submit it via email to the Breakfast on the Farm program coordinator, Ashley Kushel at kuschela@anr.msu.edu or fax it to 586-469-6948.

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