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A free Speaker Series event will be held at the Suttons Bay School Auditorium on Saturday, October 19 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
What was farming in Leelanau County like 100 years ago? What are the most significant changes our farmers have experienced in recent years? And what opportunities will carry our farming and food community into a strong future? Come hear local farmers and food-system experts give their perspectives on farming in Leelanau County and our place amidst state- and country-wide agricultural trends.
Jim Nugent former District Horticulturalist for MSU Extension and Tom Nelson, Leelanau Conservancy Director of Farm Programs, will provide a brief history of agriculture in Leelanau County. Then keynote speaker Rich Pirog, Senior Associate Director at the Center for Regional Food Systems at MichiganStateUniversity, will address state-wide farming trends and the growth of local food networks.
A panel discussion will feature local farmers, food-system professionals, and land-use experts. Panelists will discuss the most significant opportunities and biggest challenges in our local agricultural economy today. They will also describe how they envision the future of farming and food in Leelanau County.
After the speaker program, refreshments will be provided by Idyll Farms, Nine Bean Rows, Tandem Ciders, and Bardenhagen Farms.
Children of all ages are welcome at the Family Harvest Party (held on site during the speaker event) to visit farm animals, press cider, paint mini pumpkins, and learn about our local farms. The event is free but registration is appreciated for planning purposes. Register by clicking the button below or by calling 231-256-9665.
For more information, please visit: http://leelanauconservancy.org/events/hikes/