Tickets are still available for the 5th Annual Partnering for Progress Chautauqua and Barn Dance celebrating Wisconsin farms, locally-sourced food, and our urban and rural communities.
The event will run from 4-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at the historic Saxon Homestead Farm in Cleveland, located near the Lake Michigan shore in southern Manitowoc County.
This year's Chautauqua-in-the-Tent, which opens the celebration, will feature the challenges and opportunities faced by agriculture.
Pat Leavenworth will explore the relationship between water and the land based on her extensive 33-year career with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service.
She headed up the Wisconsin NRCS for 18 years as state conservationist and cultivated partnerships to optimize national conservation programs over the course of five federal Farm Bills.
Joe Tomandl, who operates a grass-based dairy in north central Wisconsin, and Dr. Bob Nagel, partner and general manager at Holsum Dairies in Hilbert, will offer their perspectives following Pat's presentation.
For the first time at this year's event, the Lakeshore Technical College Culinary Institute instructors and students will join caterer Joe Schuh of Broken Plate Catering in preparing an expanded assortment of locally sourced food.
The Barn Dance's lead sponsor, Livestock Improvement Corporation (LIC), is a New Zealand-based cooperative that services the dairy industry.
This year's entertainment will be provided by Buffalo Stomp and will include raffles and door prizes. Spirits and refreshments will come from 3 Sheeps Brewery, Trout Springs Winery, and Terra Verde Coffeehouse.
Proceeds benefit Partnering for Progress, a collaboration of the non-profit Gathering Waters Conservancy, Lakeshore Natural Resource Partnership and the Wisconsin School for Beginning Dairy and Livestock Farmers.
For more information and to order tickets, visit www.wisconsinfarmland.org/barndance,
or contact Jenn, 920-627-1799, or jenn@LNRP.org.