July 29, 2014 at 7:42 am

White House to honor Michigan blueberry producer

Washington — A Paw Paw, Michigan, blueberry producer is among 15 “Champions of Change” for agriculture.

Brookside Farms retail manager Kristin Kubiszak is being honored Tuesday by the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Champions of Change” are cited for efforts to inspire the next generation of farmers and ranchers.

Kubiszak’s Brookside Farms is a fifth generation family farm that grows and packs blueberries for distribution through the MBG Marketing cooperative “The Blueberry People.” She also is on the Van Buren County Farm Bureau board, where she educates others about Michigan agriculture.

The program will feature USDA Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden. She will discuss efforts to ensure that beginning farmers, and women, young people, immigrants, socially disadvantaged producers, returning veterans and retirees have access to programs they need.