Breakfast on the Farm at the Crandall Dairy serves up food, fun and learning

 Two young attendees learn about dairy farming at the Calhoun County Breakfast on the Farm, July 19, 2014, at the Crandall Dairy Farm

Two young attendees learn about dairy farming at the Calhoun County Breakfast on the Farm, July 19, 2014, at the Crandall Dairy Farm in Battle Creek, Mich. Photo by Jamie Wilson, MSU ANR Communications.

The Calhoun County Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) took place Saturday, July 19, at Crandall Dairy Farm in Battle Creek, Michigan. Attendees enjoyed a pancake and sausage breakfast as well as a tour of this Centennial Farm owned by Brad and Mark Crandall and their families.

Richard and Dawn Myers (in yellow shirts) answer attendees’ questions at the Calhoun County Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF), July 19, 2014

Richard and Dawn Myers (in yellow shirts) answer attendees’ questions at the Calhoun County Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF), July 19, 2014, at the Crandall Dairy Farm in Battle Creek, Mich. The Myers are dairy farmers who hosted their own BOTF in 2012 and volunteered their time at this event. Photo by Jamie Wilson, MSU ANR Communications.

BOTF events are a great way for people to learn about modern agriculture on a Michigan farm. Past surveys have shown that about 45 percent of those who attend have not been on a farm in the past 20 years. Visitors to the Crandall Dairy talked to local farmer volunteers, saw baby calves and learned from educational exhibits.

Extension educator Nancy Thelen shared that more than 3,300 people attended assisted by 280 volunteers on a picture-perfect day. She said that the Crandall family mentioned that many attendees thanked them for opening up the farm. Some told them it was one of the most educational mornings they ever had.

Check out these videos from WOTV4Women.com.The following features Nancy as well as Ashley Kuschel, coordinator of Breakfast on the Farm, and Crandall family members:

http://wotv4women.com/2014/07/14/experience-a-day-on-the-farm/

The following takes you right inside the Crandall Dairy farm: http://wotv4women.com/2014/07/14/how-a-dairy-farm-works/

If you missed this BOTF event, there are two more scheduled:

  • August 16: Mecosta County BOTF hosted by De Grins Oer Dairy Farm in Blanchard
  • September 6: Washtenaw County BOTF hosted by Uphaus Farms in Manchester

For more information on Breakfast on the Farm, visit http://www.breakfastonthefarm.com/.

 

 

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