'Banquet In a Field' brings community and producers together for a meal

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DICKINSON, N.D. - Food production involves a lot more than planting a seed or feeding cattle.

Farmers plant their crop, watch it grow and then harvest it in the fall. But that's only half the story, once it leaves the farm, we buy the products and eat them. The Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce is trying to connect both sides of the equation.

"This event alone just brings people out and really does put a face to what agriculture is about,” Christina Jorgensen, Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce executive director.

The 2nd annual Banquet in a Field does just that- makes producers and people sit together and share a meal, eating local North Dakota products like sunflower, honey, and of course barley. Jade Kessel and her family hosted the event.

“We think it's really important to tell people our story and it's important for our customer, which are the consumers, to know where their food comes from and to know it's a safe product,” said Kessel.

The event is more than a way to fill your stomach.

"We have examples of the crops in buckets that people can look at and see. You can see from actual seed to the plant and then the food in front of them. It really is just a whole full circle of where it all comes from,” said Jorgensen.

"They also realize that when they see all this big equipment and the grain bins and see everything we do out here but we're still a family farm, I think they really see the connection there,” said Kessel.

Jorgensen says she wants to find ways to expand the event in the future.