Cass County celebrates ag legacy with farm tour, member recognition
By Sarah Pion
The Cass County Farm Bureau knew they wanted to create a local celebration this year in honor of the Farm Bureau 100-year anniversary.
To accomplish this, the Cass County Farm Bureau appointed a Local History Team back in the winter to create and coordinate such an event. The team was successfully led by Cathy Goodenough with several longtime county Farm Bureau members sharing their ideas, historical perspectives and artifacts.
Their vision came to fruition July 20 with an outstanding Centennial Farm Tour and Celebration. The day started with a self-guided tour of 11 different centennial farms across Cass County. A tour guide and booklet was created for people to pick up free at the county Farm Bureau, agent offices and other locations.
From there, visitors and members could visit each of the local centennial farms and learn about their legacy from bios included in the tour guide.
The day wrapped up at the farm and clubhouse of county Farm Bureau member Curt Johnson. There, more than 40 Cass County Farm Bureau members gathered to celebrate the centennial with cake and some of MFB’s official centennial chocolate-covered cherry ice cream.
Two longtime Farm Bureau families were honored for their leadership and contribution to the Cass County Farm Bureau organization over the years. Cliff and Mary Poehlman and family, along with Keith and Darlene McKenzie and family were honored by the Cass County Farm Bureau Board of Directors for their commitment to the organization and local agriculture.
This celebration was a great way for county Farm Bureau members to celebrate the 100-year birthday of our organization and focus attention on the strong agricultural heritage of Cass County.
Sarah Pion serves Farm Bureau members in the southwest region: Berrien, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph and Van Buren counties.