Dave Wilfert, co-owner and general manager of Wilfert Farms near Mishicot, will be the featured presenter at the Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center’s Breakfast at the Barn on March 21 in the Manitowoc County town of Newton.
Breakfast at the Barn is a recurring agricultural education event featuring a different speaker each time. A breakfast buffet starts at 7:30 a.m., and followed by Wilfert’s presentation at 8 a.m.
Wilfert’s presentation is titled “Wilfert Farms and its 142-Year Love Affair with Manitowoc County.” He grew up on a dairy farm in Manitowoc County and graduated from Mishicot High School before earning degrees in marketing and economics at UW-Oshkosh.
Wilfert then worked off the farm for two years before becoming involved in the farming operation again in 1978. Under his guidance, Wilfert Farms became a significant contributor to the Wisconsin carrot industry and became a well-known name in the fresh market industry.
Tickets, which include the breakfast and presentation, are $10 for Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center members and $15 for non-members (non-members also may add a tour of the center for an additional $5).
Tickets must be purchased by March 19 by calling 920-726-6000, visiting www.farmwisconsin.org/tickets or going to the center’s front desk at 7001 Gass Lake Road, Newton, about five miles south of Manitowoc off Interstate 43.
The Farm Wisconsin Discovery Center opened in July and is a state-of-the-art, interactive agricultural education center. The center features hands-on learning opportunities, a birthing barn where visitors may watch calves being born daily, and an opportunity to tour a local farm to learn about Wisconsin’s rich farm history. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.