Event Category: Sports
“In the long view, no nation is healthier than its children or more prosperous than its farmers.” -Harry S. Truman
Ahhhh. Bite into any of Michigan’s just-picked fruits or vegetables and you’ll never want to buy from a grocery store again. The fun starts 90 minutes from Chicago, just around the curve of Lake Michigan. Here we find miles of soft sandy beaches where we can splash in waves, race down towering dunes, kayak rivers, bike the beautiful backroads, and sail the only tall ship in the Great Lakes.
Our educational adventure from seed to table begins in Chicago where we travel along the southwestern coastline to the neatly manicured landscape of the Michigan fruit belt. We lodge together among orchards and bike trails through meadows, streams, and farmland to get a lay of the land.
We begin by protecting and preserving the scenic beauty and heritage of the Bangor/South Haven Heritage Water Trail. This stunning canoe and kayak tributary encompassing 21 miles is full of ravines, wet meadow, and expansive Southern Mesic Forest. Get in the water or stay dry, it’s your choice as we navigate the river and join others using hand tools and bow saws to remove small obstacles and cut branches along the river trail clearing debris and leaving the river cleaner than we found it.
We move to the land and its sandy fertile soils for our next adventure. Making connections with a hip new generation of regional farmers throughout the area we see how green markets bring the heart of the country to the asphalt-paved urban jungle. We learn about stewardship, sustainability, and the connections between food, health, and the environment. In interactive learning experiences, we follow the “chow”, from planting the seeds to selling our produce at a local nighttime farmers market. At a pick-your-own farm which offers sun-ripened and rain-sweetened deliciousness we pick our own berries and make our own jam and gain an understanding of local agriculture and the importance of fresh, seasonal foods–for our bodies, the environment and our communities. We assist with the cleaning and harvesting and gain a better understanding of how delectable food can taste when it comes right from the source as we make our lunches fresh from the garden. After our mornings of work on the farm, we kayak the meandering rivers, enjoy beach time under skies filled with kite surfers, take a sunset sail, and delight in a traditional camp fire full of stories and laughter complete with s’mores.
When we’re done you’ll bring home some mouthwatering goodness to your family and friends while also planting the next seeds of change!