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Farmers encouraged to discuss tough topics

November 10, 2017 GMT

VICTORY TWP. — John Feree and Kate Lietz were happy to share their thoughts — as were many others at Thursday’s Farm to Fork Gala at West Shore Community College.

The event, hosted by the Mason County Farm Bureau, offered its 60 attendees different topics of discussion during a dinner of locally grown vegetables prepared by CTE culinary arts students.

Debates of the evening included GMOs, food labeling, farm labor/careers and traditional vs. organic growing. The goal was to create discussion between consumers, community members and farmers.

“There’s some hard issues we’re looking at and addressing,” said Mason County Farm Bureau President Seth Earl. “There’s a lot of different angles these talks can go. The most important thing is to create an open dialogue — it’s not always wrong to disagree. Those are topics that are touchy. They’re really, really difficult to talk about.”

Feree and Lietz, who co-own Little Red Organics in Free Soil, led discussion on traditional vs. organic farming.

“We do a lot of salad greens, and basically everything we can grow in this climate — and some things we can’t,” Feree said.

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