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2 Michigan Barns Win Campbells Soup Contest

Posted to MichiganNow.org on Wednesday, January 13, 2010

INTRO: Two Michigan barns are among the five barns that have won a national contest by Campbell’s Soup. The barns will get volunteers and prize money for restoration. The contest is supposed to show the importance of agriculture in the daily lives of Americans. Chris McCarus reports.

Last year, Campbell’s gave $250,000 to the Future Farmers of America. FFA provides agriculture education classes to middle and high school students. In the contest, FFA members cast most of the votes and they’ll fix up the barns. Here’s the transcript of the video sent in by one of the winners.

“Welcome to the Bowers School Farm.”

It’s in Bloomfield Hills.

“Bowers beans are the best.”

The school district runs it.

“Everyone loves fresh tomatoes. This basil is great for pesto. Stop by Bowers Farm during harvest season.”

The other winning barn is in Bark River near Escanaba. Barbara Fudala Atencio grew up on The Augie Fudala Farm.

“The farm is still a working farm and a family leases the farmland and grows alfalfa, rye and corn on our farm for their dairy operations. They’re farmers who help grow food for America. I hope the barn restoration is an inspiration to others to restore and preserve their barns. And also educate young people as to where their food comes from.”

Oakland County has lost most its farms in the last 30 years, according to Commissioner Tom Middleton. There used to be 4,000 farms in Oakland alone. Now there are 488.

Learn more by visiting helpgrowyoursoup.com.

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