I had the opportunity to take part in a recent Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) event July 13 at the Walt Dairy Farm in Coopersville, Mich. More than 2,600 people, including 200 volunteers attended the Ottawa County event.
I met farm owners Arlyn and Kathy Walt who hosted the event on their 1,200-acre farm containing 430 dairy cows. Having worked on farms in Iowa as a youth, I’m always impressed by the willingness of farm families like the Walts to open their farms to complete strangers who may not know much about their work. But in talking with them, I could see that they are more interested in helping people understand how important it is for the Walts to ensure that the people who buy their products understand how seriously they take their responsibilities to provide a safe and healthful product in a way that enhances their farmland’s sustainability. And hosting one of these events is a huge commitment on the part of the farm family. I am awed by their generosity and openness.
Ottawa County administrator Alan Vanderberg called the Ottawa County BOTF “an outstanding event” in the Ottawa County Administrator’s Digest published July 16.
Visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com to find a BOTF event near you. The next one will be on August 17 at the Humm Farm near Breckenridge in Gratiot County.