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Connecting families to food in a fun way

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 9:46 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014 10:04 a.m. CDT
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Mark Johnson of Sandwich, a member of the DeKalb County Lamb and Wool Producers, demonstrates how to shear a sheep at the 2013 Farm to Food and You! event put on by local farm groups. This year's event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13.

SYCAMORE – Local farmers invite the public to see where their food comes from at Farm to Food and You!, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Church and North Grove roads in rural Sycamore.

This event is designed to connect city families with their foods. Families can see what’s growing in the fields, get an up-close look at corn and soybean crops, talk to farmers and participate in hands-on activities for the entire family.

There will be tractors and other farm equipment to climb up on and farm animals to visit, and families can learn how corn and soybeans grow, how modern technology is used in agriculture and more.

“It’s an opportunity for people to visit a farm field and have conversations with the farmers who grow their food,” said Mike DeSchepper, president of the Corn & Soybean Growers. “I think people will find this event quite unique, informational and an entertaining experience.”

The farm field day event is being sponsored by the DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers.

There will be farm-fun activities for kids such as shelling corn, playing with soybeans, beef and pork games, sheep-shearing demonstrations, milking a recirculating cow, petting farm animals, and more.

All activities are free and are open to the general public. Food will be available to purchase.

Groups contributing to this event include: DeKalb County Corn & Soybean Growers, DeKalb-Kane Cattlemen’s Association, DeKalb Area Pork Producers, DeKalb County Lamb & Wool Producers, Kishwaukee Dairy Herd Improvement Association, DeKalb County Farm Bureau, and local FFA chapters.

The field is on Church Road, one mile west of North Grove Road. For more information contact Mike DeSchepper at 815-757-3641 or Ben Drake at 815-739-7573 or email dekalbcorngrowers@gmail.com. Information about this event is also posted on the DeKalb County Farm Bureau website, www.dekalbfarmbureau.org.

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