By Caroline Wigmore
WAVERLY, MN - Several local agriculture supporters have gotten together in the hope of educating people about where food comes from through an event called “breakfast on the farm,” set for Saturday, June 20 at Goldview Farms in Waverly.
“Breakfast on the farm” will offer a chance for families to get up close and personal with animals, and will include fun events such as hayrides, face painting, and more.
“We heard about other counties doing this, and we just wanted to try to promote dairy,” said Pat Bakeberg, one of the organizers.
“A lot of kids think their milk comes from the grocery store,” Bakeberg said, explaining that he hoped the experience of seeing the innerworkings of a typical dairy farm would be an educational experience for the families who attend.
In other counties, similar events have yielded as many as 800 to 1,000 attendees, and in order to keep the costs low, or possibly free to the public, the committee is seeking sponsors to make donations toward the event.
Bakeberg, along with the rest of the committee, hopes the event will prove to be educational for those with little knowledge about agriculture, as there are fewer people in agricultural production today, while urbanization is on the rise.
There will be an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast with sausage and beverages.
The event will also feature an ice cream bar, new farm machinery for children to see, six different dairy breeds, a veterinarian who will talk about cattle, and a dairy nutritionist who will talk about what farm animals eat.
Local FFA students and dairy enthusiasts will be facilitating tours and educational activities, and spreading a positive message about food and fiber producers.
Committee members are Greg, Pat, and Faye Bakeberg, Sean and Linda Groos, Kenny and Tami Bangasser, Dan and Seena Glessing, James Weninger, Charles Krause, and Cindy Munn.
How to sponsor the event
There are three levels of sponsorship for the event. For more information, contact Bakeberg at home at (320) 543-3848, or by cell at (763) 242-4520.
Contributions are due Friday March 20.
Checks can be made payable to “breakfast on the farm.”
Contributions should be mailed to Pat Bakeberg, 9156 Grover Avenue SW, Waverly MN, 55390.
‘Breakfast on the Farm’ set for morning of June 20
A morning of fun on the farm at Goldview Farms, owned by Butch, Faye, and Pat Bakeberg, is scheduled Saturday, June 20 from 7 to 11 a.m.
All-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage will be served along with beverages.
Speakers, activities, and tours of the farm will be provided, with the mission of educating the public about where dairy foods come from and how farms work.