Eaton Conservation District would like to thank the community for their support of the annual meeting which was held on January 22, 2015. Sponsorships covered the screening fee of the documentary and enabled us to offer the dinner/event free to all veterans in attendance. Doorprizes/silent auction items were donated from local business.
The theme of this year’s meeting was “Promoting Veterans in Agriculture”. We hosted a screening of the film “Ground Operations: from Battlefield to Farmfield” followed by a speaker panel. The speaker panel was composed of Representative Tom Barrett, Kali Fox from Senator Stabenow’s Office, Dylan Thomas – Iraqi veteran and beginning farmer, Ben Sommers – Lansing Roots Incubator Farm, and Leslie Melvin – Helping our Heroes and MANNA Acres. This event was well attended, and the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Above all else, attendees enjoyed hearing the personal story of a young veteran’s transition out of service and what farming had meant to him. He had the crowd laughing and crying.
The mission of the Eaton Conservation District is to promote and encourage cooperation with other individuals, groups, organizations, or agencies in an organized effort to conserve and improve the natural resources in Eaton County. To find out more about upcoming events and programs, please visit our website at www.eatoncd.org