Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Annual Farmfest Helps Promote Free Family Fun

Jackson County will hold its annual Family Farmfest event in western Jackson County on September 17, 2011.  Four sites will be hosting the event this year including Sweet Seasons Orchard, Sears Farm, Hearthstone Farm Market, and Puddingstone Farm and Nursery.

“Less than two percent of Americans are involved in agriculture meaning far too many people are several generations removed from the farm. As a result, many consumers have no knowledge or awareness of our management practices, which can have a negative effect on the agriculture industry,” said Stacey Choate, 2011 Farmfest coordinator. “Farmfest presents the opportunity for people in Ag. to educate society on where their food comes from. Michigan is the second most agriculturally diverse state in the nation and employs approximately one million people, it is important for our residents to trust and support Michigan farmers.

Sweet Seasons Orchard specializes in fruit production as well as homemade and natural food products. The colors of fall will make for a beautiful walk through this orchard. Pet baby calves at Sears Farms while learning about beef products and visit Hearthstone Farm Market to learn about vegetable production. Lastly, Puddingstone Farm and Nursery will be giving wool spinning demonstrations, information on 4-H and will talk about how to care for plants and small animals.

During a time of economic instability and high gas prices, the Farmfest organizers are proud to offer this free event to help promote local farm related businesses.  Farmfest not only benefits the local farming industry, but also helps bring opportunity for families struggling to provide affordable entertainment for their children.