Listen to live country music in a sunflower field at Meckley’s Farm
CEMENT CITY, MI – Enjoy a concert in a sunflower field at Meckley’s Farm this weekend. Country Boots and Bands, along with Sunshine Acres and Meckley’s Farm, are hosting the live concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12, at Meckley’s Flavor Fruit Farm, 11025 S. Jackson Road. American Idol winner Noah Thompson and runner up Hunter Girl are performing in the farm’s sunflower field. Country music’s Thompson is a Kentucky native and was crowned the American Idol season 20 winner over Hunter Girl during the show;s grand finale on May 22. Hunter Girl is a country singer and songwriter originally from Gruetli-Laager, Tennessee.mlive.com
Barn fire in western Michigan kills several farm animals
BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. – A large barn fire killed multiple animals Thursday morning in Berrien County. According to authorities, the Chikaming Township Fire Department were called to the fire at about 5:30 a.m.Fire crews were able to save two horses, two goats and some of the chickens, but some chickens, a peacock and four llamas -- including three babies -- were killed by the fire. “By the time we were able to do anything, it was so totally involved there was absolutely no way that anybody could go inside to try to get the other animals out,” said fire chief Mike Davidson. “It had too much of a head start on us.”The cause of the fire is under investigation, but authorities believe no foul play is involved.
U-M Matthaei Botanical Gardens, Nichols Arboretum accepting applications for 2021 internships
(Meredith Bruckner)ANN ARBOR – Are you a college student with a strong interest in farming, gardening and environmental education? Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum are now accepting applications for the 2021 internship season, which include various paid positions. Required qualifications include a university or college student with enthusiasm for teamwork, willingness to learn and a good work ethic. In-person internship work will take place in accordance with strict COVID safety protocols. As part of the University of Michigan we adhere to university policy and guidelines for all public and employment programs.
U-M Campus Farm hiring for two positions in Ann Arbor
ANN ARBOR – Are you a University of Michigan student and passionate about farming? The University of Michigan Campus Farm is currently hiring two part time student manager positions to start in January 2021. The Campus Farm was founded in 2013 as a spinoff of a a sustainable food student group at U-M. The Campus Farm is at 1800 N. Dixboro Rd. To learn more about the Campus Farm, visit its website.
Teen hunter killed when run over by corn harvester near Caseville
CASEVILLE, Mich. – A 14-year-old deer hunter who possibly fell asleep in a farm field was killed when he was run over by a corn harvester in Michigan’s Thumb region, police said. Emergency workers were called about 9 a.m. Saturday to the cornfield in a rural area near the Huron County city of Caseville after a farm worker spotted the boy soon after accidentally driving over him, according to the county sheriff’s office. The boy from the nearby city of Elkton had been dropped off earlier for deer hunting at the field and might have fallen asleep, the sheriff’s office said. The farm worker wasn’t aware that anyone was in the field. The boy’s identity wasn’t immediately released by authorities and an autopsy was expected to be performed in the coming days.
Take a walk on the wild side at Carousel Acres
If youre an animal lover, this place in South Lyon should definitely be added to your destination list. Kila Peeples visited this hidden gem called Carousel Acres, a farm that is filled with various farm and exotic animals. Carousel Acres has traditional farm animals including horses, pigs, and cows. Not only is Carousel Acres a petting farm, but its also a day camp for kids. Watch the video above to see everything a visit to Carousel Acres has to offer!
Detroit organizations raise $40,000 for Black Farmer Land Fund
DETROIT A number of organizations in Detroit are raising money to help Black farmers purchase land in Detroit. Members of Keep Growing Detroit launched a fundraising effort on GoFundMe with a goal of raising $20,000 to help Black farmers purchase the land they are currently growing on or plan to grow on. Keep Growing Detroit -- in collaboration with the Oakland Avenue Urban Farm and the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network -- has surpassed their initial goal, raising more than $40,000 as of Saturday. Organization members say Black farmers face more barriers when it comes to land ownership than White farmers do in Detroit. Black farmers can begin applying in July and awardees will be announced in September.
What is The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative?
DETROIT The Michigan Urban Farming Initiative is a nonprofit organization in Detroit that works toward social justice and is dedicated to urban agriculture. Mitch Albom reports on the initiative and shows how theyre growing food to feed the community. Watch the video above for the full reportClick here for more Heart of Detroit reports