(Chelsea Update would like to thank Kathy Siler for the information in this story.)
Washtenaw County Farm Bureau will join other organizations across the country celebrate agriculture’s important role in daily life as part of National Ag Week March 10-16 and Ag Day on Tuesday, March 14.
Local events and activities are designed to raise awareness about the many ways America’s farmers provide food, fiber and fuel for our communities, our nation and the world. This year’s theme is “Agriculture: Food for Life”.
This year also marks the 100-year anniversary of Farm Bureau. During Ag Week and beyond, Washtenaw County Farm Bureau will be “Celebrating over a Century of Agriculture” with photo displays and narratives of some of the 150 Centennial and Sesquicentennial farms in our county.
It’s become an annual tradition to welcome the first Washtenaw County baby born during National Ag Week with a basket of baby clothes and nursery supplies donated to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital.
The county Farm Bureau is also providing local restaurants with agriculture-themed placemats and “table tents” depicting farming facts and highlighting some of our centennial farms and families. We are delighted that each year more restaurants partner with us.
Participating this year in Chelsea are Big Boy, Smokehouse 52 BBQ, Arctic Breakaway, True North Jerky, Stivers, and Uptown Coney Island.
The county Farm Bureau is also partnering with Chelsea District Library to showcase displays of Washtenaw County agriculture facts, books and brochures highlighting various types of farming, commodities and agriculturally-based careers.
Several Ag-related children’s books will be donated to the participating libraries including this year’s American Farm Bureau Foundation’s book of the year: Right This Very Minute by: Lisl H. Detlefsen.
There will also be Ag-themed trifolds at both branches of the Chelsea State Bank in Chelsea.
And finally, centennial farm families will be featured on social media sites wearing “Proud to Farm in Washtenaw County” t-shirts and sharing narratives about their farm’s history.
You can follow all the activities by visiting Washtenaw County Farm Bureau on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, and looking for the many displays in the community.
During National Ag Week, or any other time of the year, you can celebrate agriculture by thanking farmers for everything they do to provide us with fuel, fiber and “Food for Life” 365 days a year.