Over $27,000 raised at second annual Feast on the Farm

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September 11, 2017
Student leadership opportunities will continue to grow at Lakeland College thanks to the generosity from friends of the college at the second annual Feast on the Farm which raised over $27,000
“Thanks to our sponsors, alumni, community organizations and friends of the college for celebrating Lakeland’s agricultural roots and supporting our efforts to create more student leadership opportunities,” says Geoff Brown, associate dean, School of Agricultural Sciences.

Over 180 Feast on the Farm guests were treated to an evening under the stars at Lakeland’s Research Centre to celebrate the harvest season. The evening featured a live auction, keepsake photo in the field, delicious meal and a musical performance by The Dirt Rich Band.

The event was emceed by 2017 agricultural sciences grads Jess Verstappen and Cayley Peltzer [see photo], who shared their Lakeland experience with guests. This included the leadership opportunities they experienced at Lakeland.

“I was given many opportunities to lead throughout my Lakeland experience and it is this experience that I will cherish forever. My involvement with the Student-Managed Enterprise enlightened me on what it takes to run a business, and the clubs I was involved with enriched my leadership and organizational skills. Both of these examples are among many opportunities Lakeland gave me to take the lead,” says Peltzer, who is now pursuing a diploma in animal health technology at the Vermilion campus.Cayley Pelzer & Jess Verstappen ag business grads

At Lakeland, Verstappen won Overall Grand Aggregate at the National 4-H and Youth Judging Competition, Resident Assistant of the Year for 2016, made the Dean’s honour roll, and was involved with the Judging Team, Rodeo Club and Stockman’s Club, and the Student-Managed Enterprise.

Before dining outdoors, guests were given a tour of the Student-Managed Farm – Powered by New Holland. This included a sneak peek of the new state-of-the-art Dairy Learning Centre, which officially opened on Aug. 22. Hundreds of students will take the lead at the centre which features conventional and robotic milking and feeding systems. They’ll also work with a herd of 280-head including 120 Holstein milk cows, replacement heifers and young stock.

“We have a bold vision for a dynamic future and student leadership is at the heart of our plans. Producing leaders is something we already excel at - Jess and Cayley are proof of that. The support we received from this event will create more opportunities to help our students excel as leaders today. Thank you to everyone for supporting Feast on the Farm and our students,” says Alice Wainwright-Stewart, president and CEO, Lakeland College.

Photo: Cayley Peltzer (left) and Jess Verstappen (right), 2017 agribusiness grads, co-emceed the second annual Feast on the Farm at Lakeland College’s Research Centre on Saturday, August 19.