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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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Video highlights St. Clair County Breakfast on the Farm

In last week’s Spotlight, I mentioned the success of the St. Clair County Breakfast on the Farm (BOTF) at the Reid Dairy Farm in Jeddo, Mich. June 15. Michigan State University Extension St. Clair County put out a video that gives a clear picture of just how many people it takes to put on the event.

Ashley Kuschel, MSU Extension Breakfast on the Farm coordinator, said, “Around 300 people volunteered, making the event a huge success!”

Ashley works with Nancy Thelen, MSU Extension agriculture literacy educator, to put on all of the BOTF events.

BOTF is not just about eating a delicious breakfast. The event gives consumers an opportunity to learn about agriculture. They learn how farmers use technology to produce the food they enjoy. They can see firsthand how producers take good care of the animals to produce a healthy product for the consumer.

View the video below.  You may recognize many familiar faces.

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