A Montcalm County dairy farm will host Breakfast on the Farm, a fun, family-friendly event that gives non-farmers a chance to see what modern food production is all about.
July 29, 2013
EAST LANSING, Mich. – A Montcalm County dairy farm will host Breakfast on the Farm, a fun, family-friendly event that gives non-farmers a chance to see what modern food production is all about. This free event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 7 at Black Locust Farms LLC, 5644 N. Derby Road, Stanton. Breakfast will be served from 9 a.m. to noon.
A day full of fun and learning is in store for visitors to this Breakfast on the Farm event. Consumers will enjoy a free (with ticket) pancake breakfast featuring Michigan-made products and be able to take self-guided tours of the farm to get a firsthand look at how this modern dairy farm operates.
Tours will include educational exhibits where volunteers will be available to answer questions. Children will enjoy bottle-feeding dairy calves, seeing an ultrasound performed on a pregnant cow, and learning how the large equipment they’ll see comes in handy for growing and harvesting corn, soybeans, wheat, oats and alfalfa on the family’s 900 acres of land.
“We are really looking forward to sharing what we do with our community,” said Jack Jeppesen, one of the farm’s owners. “It’s not just about producing food -- it’s about animal husbandry and being stewards of the land.”
Conservation is a main priority for Black Locust Farms LLC, and Jeppesen is eager to show off his farm.
“I love being outside and working the ground,” Jeppesen said. “We pride ourselves on keeping up-to-date with the most modern practices. We love what we do.”
The farm tour and breakfast are free, but tickets are limited and required to eat breakfast. Free tickets can be obtained at the following locations:
Alma: Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists
Belding: Belding Library, Chemical Bank
Big Rapids: Big Rapids Community Library
Blanchard: King’s Trading Post
Carson City: Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists, Chemical Bank, Harvey’s Milling
Cedar Springs: Vanderhyde Ford
Crystal: Candle Cottage, Chemical Bank
Edmore: Chemical Bank, Home Township library
Grand Ledge: Bader & Sons
Greenville: Chemical Bank, Flat River Community Library, Peterson Oil, Tractor Supply Company
Howard City: Reynolds Township Library
Ionia: Ionia Community Library, MSU Extension Office, Wolbers & Possehn
Mecosta: King’s Trading Post
Morley: Walton Erickson Public Library
Mt. Pleasant: Seals, Tacia, Bartz Optometrists
Portland: Bader & Sons
Remus: Wheatland Township Library
Rockford: Krause Memorial Library
Sheridan: Chemical Bank, Village of Sheridan Offices
Sidney: Sidney State Bank
Sparta: Sparta Animal Clinic, Sparta Township Carnegie Library
St. Louis: Bader & Sons
Stanton: Anderson & Girls Orchard, Chemical Bank, Leppink’s, MSU Extension Office, White Pine Library
The dates and Breakfast on the Farm host farms for 2013 are:
· Aug. 17, Humm Farm LLC, Breckenridge (GratiotCounty).
· Sept. 7, Black Locust Farms LLC, Stanton (MontcalmCounty).
· Sept. 21, Ferry Farms LLC, Litchfield (HillsdaleCounty).
Breakfast on the Farm is a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension program. More than 175 local volunteers help organize and implement each event.
The statewide sponsors for 2013 are Corn Marketing Program of Michigan and Michigan Corn Growers Association, Michigan Ag Council, Dairyland Seed Co. Inc., GreenStone Farm Credit Services, Michigan Farm Bureau, Farm Bureau Insurance, Michigan Milk Producers Association, Michigan Soybean Promotion Committee, Michigan Wheat Program, Northrop Trucking Inc., Pioneer and United Dairy Industry of Michigan. In addition, the Stanton event received generous support from more than 50 local sponsors.
To find out more about Breakfast on the Farm, to learn how to apply to be a host farm or to see pictures from past events, please visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com.