The unity of the agricultural community was tremendous. A committee of 20 committed producers worked faithfully with Phil Durst, Michigan State University Extension Dairy educator, for seven months to prepare for the event. Their ideas and drive made this event great. They raised funds from over 70 donors and they recruited the many volunteers to work. At the end of the day on Saturday, they sat back with a satisfied grin, knowing that what they do – on a day-in, day-out basis – was appreciated by the consumers on whom they depend for sales.
Breakfast on the Farm gave producers the opportunity to talk directly with the consumer and tell them with pride what they do. On the flipside, it gave consumers the opportunity to talk directly with the producers and say “Thanks for all your hard work.” Or, as someone put it on the survey, “Our hats are off to farmers. Thank you!”
We know the job of consumer education is not finished with a one-day event, and that there is more work to be done, but for now, we’ll stand a little taller, and feel more confident in our work of producing food for Michigan families.
Source: Michigan State University