Farming is in a period of transition. Some farms are getting bigger with a shift from dairy farming to cash crops and beef. There are also a growing number of small- and medium-sized farmers selling meat, vegetables, maple syrup and honey directly to the public. All are invited to a community feedback session on the Future of Farming in Hastings County on March 19 at the Art Centre Hastigns in Madoc, 6.30 – 9.00 pm.
Dr. Peter Andree and Kim Bittermann from Carleton University will discuss their results from talking with 21 farmers in Hastings County last summer. To help them analyze what’s happening in agriculture and land management in Hastings County and to stimulate ideas they have asked Kenneth Meter, president of Crossroads Resource Center in Minneapolis and a highly experienced agricultural economist and food systems analyst, to help. Meter will give his impressions on the agricultural situation in Hastings County and talk about “Finding Food in Farm Country” in the context of the region.