Breakfast on the Farm event planned 2011.06.02

Written by David Green.

Put the “country” in Morenci’s Town and Country Festival with a special farm event scheduled on the opening day of the festival.

The Raymond and Stutzman Farm at 8055 Seneca Hwy., Seneca, is the host site for a Breakfast on the Farm event June 25, rain-or-shine. The program is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with breakfast served from 9 a.m. to noon.

Visitors can enjoy a home-cooked meal which includes a variety of Michigan and Ohio grown and produced menu items before taking a self-guided farm tour featuring numerous educational exhibits hosted by local farmers.

A variety of activities is offered, such as petting a calf, climbing into the seat of a tractor or combine and discovering how GPS technology is used to plant crops. The local farmer volunteers will answer questions and share information about farming.

The family-owned and -operated livestock farm—a beef calf to finish operation—has been in business since 1930. Dedicated to conserving the environment and implementing sustainable management practices, the Raymond and Stutzman Farm was awarded the Lenawee County Conservation Farmer of the Year award in 2004. This award is presented to a farmer who has consistently implemented conservation practices.

For the past 15 years, the farm has been the host site for the Center for Excellence in Lenawee County, one of the region’s largest field days, which showcases some of the latest cutting-edge technology available to the agriculture industry.

The farm is also Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) certified. MAEAP helps farmers evaluate their entire operation by completing a comprehensive assessment. The voluntary program must be repeated every three years for the farm to remain certified.

Breakfast on the Farm is free, but tickets are required to eat breakfast. Tickets are available at the following locations:

Stair Public Library, First Federal Bank branches in Morenci and Hudson, the Hudson Public Library, the Clayton Library, Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library, Wauseon branches of Farmers and Merchants State Bank on Shoop Avenue and the downtown office,;

the Ohio State University Extension Fulton County Office in Wauseon, the Wauseon Public Library, Hillsdale County Farm Bureau, MSU Extension Hillsdale County Office, Evergreen Community Library in Metamora, and Farmers and Merchants State Bank in West Unity.

For more information about the Lenawee County Breakfast on the Farm, visit www.breakfastonthefarm.com, call Lenawee County MSU Extension Office at 517/264-5300, or contact Nancy Thelen, MSU Extension agriculture literacy educator, at 734/222-3825 or [email protected]

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