Fourth Annual Harvest Dinner
August 18, 2012
Call Judy Wallschlaeger for tickets 543-6257
Details of last year's dinner below:
Third Annual Harvest Dinner -- 2011
Working with the farmers upstream from us.
A goal of better water for everyone. For you.
Members of WAPOA were among those attending the Third Annual Lakes and Farm Harvest Dinner Aug. 27 at the Nisswa Community Center.
Organizers noted that our area, with its lakes and farm and ranch lands, shares one important
resource — the watershed.
Our lake water comes from the 500,000 acres of land upstream from us. The runoff from that 500,000 acres of land runs into our 14,000 acres of lakes.
So it is very important that we are work with those upstream.
Understanding and protecting the water quality of our watershed became the common ground for creating this event.
This year Phil Hunsicker and Sally Wakefield from Envision Minnesota gave a talk following the dinner. The importance to everyone of good water quality in our shared watershed was stressed.
Other activities included visiting a small farmer’s market, tasting wines offered by Spirits of Nisswa, and enjoying a dinner made with foods grown by area producers.
The delicious dinner was prepared by local master chef, Tom Kavanaugh – with help from WAPOA’s Judy Wallschlaeger.
The event brought together such diverse groups as the Cass County Farm Bureau, members of WAPOA (Whitefish Area Property Owners Association) and the Pine River Watershed Alliance.
A winner of the Voices of the Land essay contest read aloud a very moving essay.
Throughout the evening, The Allen Family provided music.
Sponsors of the dinner included:
- Whitefish Area Property Owners Association,
- Nisswa and Leader Lions Club,
- Cass County Farm Bureau,
- Pine River Watershed Alliance,
- Minnesota State Cattleman’s Association,
- Stonehouse Coffee Future Farmers of America from Wadena.
[Ed.note: adapted for internet format from article by Muffie Davidge]