Farm2Families, the new signature event from SFA Greater Mille Lacs Chapter, is set for 3-7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 26, at the Heimark Farm, 33683 Dove St, Aitkin. A community event founded by your local farmers, Farm2Families features dinner, live music, a farmers’ market, family activities, farm demonstrations and educational speakers.
Learn about sustainable farming practices while enjoying entertainment, fellowship and a dinner featuring ingredients produced by Aitkin-area farmers: pulled pork and chicken, vegetables, potatoes, coleslaw, corn and cucumber salad.
Tickets are $5 for festival entry and $15 for dinner. Kids under 10 get in and eat free with adult ticket purchase.
Tickets also available for purchase at Gramma’s Pantry, 223 Minnesota Ave N, Aitkin.
- 3:45-4:30 – Scott Kittelson and Tom Gervais, representing the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will present a rainfall simulator, a fascinating demonstration of how different agricultural practices affect a soil’s ability to handle rain.
- 4:45-5:15 – Liz and Kate Short, members of the Ripple River Bee Club. Learn about basic bee biology, how we can help our bees stay healthy and what it takes to become a bee keeper!
- 5:30-6 – Peggy Jones of American Peat Technology will provide a presentation on the manufacture of value-added peat products for use in the agriculture and water treatment industries. Peat isn’t just about horticultural soil amendments! Learn about the unique properties of peat and how this abundant natural resource in Aitkin County is providing jobs, technology and innovation to our economy.
Farm2Families is sponsored by American Peat Technology, MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union and Riverwood Health Care Center.