For the first time, West Michigan residents will have the chance to meet local farmers and discuss how agricultural products are grown and find answers to questions centered around animal welfare, home gardening and more.
HOLLAND TWP. — For West Michigan families who put an emphasis on eating local, there are often questions about who is doing the farming and the process food takes going from farm to table.
On Saturday, June 9, people from across West Michigan will have the opportunity to meet with local farmers from across the region at the Farm to Food Expo and receive answers to questions ranging from where the food comes from, how it is produced and why it is produced the way it is.
The Ottawa County Farm Bureau is organizing the Farm to Food Expo event in partnership with The Shops at Westshore; it will serve as a free, family-friendly meet-and-greet between farmers and the public and will feature vendors from the Michigan Corn Growers Association, the Michigan Pork Producers Association, the Michigan Apple Committee, the Michigan Bee Keepers Association, the National Resource Conservation Service and representatives from the dairy industry.
Along with being able to talk with farmers, by including members from various associations and committees, visitors will have a chance to ask questions about GMO crops, animal welfare, pesticide and herbicide use, home gardening and soil conservation.
“Educating consumers about where their food comes is something that is weaved through everything we do here at the Ottawa County Farm Bureau,” said Joe Austin, assistant county administrator for the Ottawa County Farm Bureau. “Ottawa County producers want to tell their story. They are proud of what they do and that they have the privilege to feed their neighbors.”
Giving West Michigan residents the chance to touch base with farmers continues to be a point of emphasis for the Ottawa County Farm Bureau because of the abundance of farming in the area. Ottawa County currently ranks third in the state in total value of agricultural products and ranks in the top 10 in dairy, egg, turkey and broiler chicken production.
In order to make the event family-friendly, there will also be interactive educational displays for kids along with food trucks, product samples, inflatables, farm equipment, games and farm animals.
The event will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Shops at Westshore. For more information, visit farmtofoodexpo.com.
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