Culver’s of Lowell Partners with Kent County Farmland Preservation to Make a Difference

We received the following press release from Culver’s of Lowell.

Lowell, MI (Grassroots Newswire) 06/15/2024 — Since opening the doors of the first restaurant in 1984, Culver’s® has been committed to being an active member in its local community. On 6/25/2024, Culver’s of Lowell, located at 1245 W. Main St. will carry on that tradition by donating a portion of its sales to raise funds for Kent County Farmland Preservation between 5 pm to 8 pm

As you drive the back roads of Kent County, you likely notice homes or businesses where once there were acres of farm fields. Losing some farmland to development is unavoidable as we provide for the needs of the county’s growing population. However, food is one of those needs, and farmland will always be necessary to produce that food.

Kent County lost 39 farms from 2017 to 2022. Those 13,000+ acres will never again be available to support a farm family raising the beef, pork, fruit, or vegetables that fill our local farm market bins and grocery store shelves. As one Kent County farmer who has permanently protected farmland in multiple counties puts it: “houses are the last crop you’ll ever grow.”

To show how much they care about saving farmland, not one, but EIGHT Culver’s locations across Kent County will be helping to raise community support, awareness and funding on June 25. The Lowell, Cascade, Cedar Springs and Byron Center locations will have farm tractors on site for the kids to visit!

Steve Stephan, owner-operator of three of the participating locations, said, “When I sat across from Denny Heffron (Heffron Farms) and really learned how development, and honestly so many other challenges, are affecting our farmers, I just knew other Culver’s operators would want to help too.” And Stephan was right — five more Culver’s operators are participating in the June 25 Share Night event.

“We’re proud to call Lowell home and doing our part to help just feels right,” said Steve Stephan. “We strive to make a difference in the community we share with so many others, and working with Kent County Farmland Preservation allows us to help support individuals and families in our area.”

Culver’s support of Kent County Farmland Preservation is just part of its dedication to giving back to the community. From Culver’s founders to locally owned and operated restaurants, each franchise partner and team member understands the importance of serving those in need.

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