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Mag For Ag' attendees love living life, drinking large formats and eating amazing food - but not just any food. They desire experiences and food from family farms, such as heirloom vegetables or heritage breed pigs that forage for most of their meals on open pastures or woodlots. The event focuses on helping ensure heritage and heirloom are available and on the menu in restaurants and small family farms have access to chefs who appreciate their dedication, purpose and passion. As the Farm to Table movement expands, we need a huge resurgence of family farmers to meet the demand in the next 20 years, ensuring our farm to table culture thrives. The dinner is a celebration of local food, large bottles and a conversation that can change the future.
We are facing a silver tsunami in many businesses, including farmers
With 90% of farmers in their 60s, who is going to support the sustainable farm to table efforts?
Who will take their place?
Scarcity is imminent.
Piggy Bank not only focuses on genetics for heritage breed pigs, but helps to establish new farmers by establishing a farm business plan database. Helping them access best practices and scale quickly to provide healthier, tastier heritage breed pork to consumers. For Piggy Bank and GrowAFarmer, it's not about just giving a 'fish' but teaching to 'fish' that matters. Together we are planting seeds to make sure we have farmers for the next generation.
1. PIGGY BANK (visit the website)
Funds raised are used for programming at Piggy Bank including the feeding, raising, gifting of heritage breed piglets - similar to a live-genetic kickstarter for family farmers. Piggy Bank is also a safety net for those in the wake of a disaster (flood, fire and disease).
Piggy Bank grants farmers in any part of the world access to a powerful database of business plans and inspires farmers to join a movement of Open Access Agriculture (OAA). The goal is simple: to create a foundation that will ensure family farmers have the resources to run successful businesses and clear a path for new farmers to start growing safe and honest food for generations of children and cooks to come.
2. GROW A FARMER
The idea is to create an interactive and fun approach to agriculture that engages children 7-11 years old to start growing food. Programming will inspire youth at-home and in-school to produce food and improve the odds against North America not having enough farmers in the future.
Child and parents will work together to save funds to enroll in an online service that provides seeds, shovels, and materials needed to create an 8x8 garden plot.
IN THE CLASSROOM
An athlete, winemaker, celebrity or corporation can pledge a school for a the GrowAFarmer program. The program includes a work / play shed, equipment, seeds, and growing materials. The funds also include additional resources to support teachers and includes a growing competition between classrooms that inspires team work, community resourcing and STEM.
MAGS FOR AG will enable the mission to be heard loud and clear. We will amplify the opportunity and inspire all communities on a local level.