Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 08 August 2007 07:00This year’s Agri-Urban Day on the Farm, the annual event’s 12th, will be missing one of its longtime supporters.
Randolf Flaming, who died earlier this year, worked tirelessly for Agri-Urban and the annual Day on the Farm.
This year’s event, held Aug. 18 at the Maynard Knepp and Carol Duerksen farm (3 miles north, 4 miles east and ¾ mile north of Goessel), is dedicated to Flaming’s memory.
The family event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes animals, activities and food.
The Agri-Urban program began in 1972. The idea was for farmers and cattle feeders to donate labor, facilities and feed or pasture to fatten cattle, and for urbanites to give money to buy the animals and possibly some or all of the feed.
Profits from sale of the cattle go to Western District Conference, Mennonite Church USA and Bethel College and are also reinvested in Agri-Urban.
Agri-Urban is implemented by a steering committee from Mennonite Men, a mission and service organization for men in the Mennonite church.
The Day on the Farm began in 1996 as a way to involve more people from urban areas. Duerksen and Knepp, who also write a series of Amish novels, provide the farm for city folk to visit.
“It’s fun to share our animals with so many people,” Duerksen said.
The Agri-Urban volunteers, she adds, “are great at cleaning everything up afterward.”
Those wishing to contribute may send checks payable to Mennonite Agri-Urban, c/o Ben Schrag, Treasurer, 2321 N. Main St., North Newton, KS 67117, or bring them to Day on the Farm.