REPLAY: BENZONIA ACADEMY LECTURE SERIES/ October 2021: “Growing up on a Nugent Farm” presented by Duane, Jim and Neil Nugent

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Growing up on a Farm in Benzie County in the 1940’s, ‘50’s, and ‘60’s

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Our October 2021 Benzonia Academy Lecture Series lecture featured brothers Duane, Neil, and Jim Nugent will entertain us with their tales of growing up on a farm in Benzie County in the 1940’s, ‘50’s, and ‘60’s. Starting with a brief history of the original Nugent family settlement in the county, they describe the life that allowed the farmers, with lots of hard work and ingenuity, to be self-sufficient; caring for the land and animals, helping each other, being involved in the community, and raising responsible, honest, God-fearing and fun-loving children who could go confidently into the world. With the anecdotal stories peppered in the narrative, along with some pictures, you’ll end up with a pretty good picture of the “salt-of-the-earth” life. 

Jim Nugent received a BS in horticulture and a MS in entomology from MSU. He joined MSU Extension
in 1976 as the Leelanau County Extension Director. From 1992 until his retirement in 2007 he
served as a district horticulturalist and coordinator of the NW Michigan Horticultural Research
Station. In past years, he has served on various boards including the Michigan Cherry
Committee, US Tart Cherry Administrative Board and Graceland Fruit. He currently chairs both
the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission and the Leelanau Conservancy and serves on the MSU
Extension and AgBioResearch State Council. He and his wife Toddy grow cherries on their farm
near Suttons Bay.

Duane Nugent, born and raised in Benzie County, spent his corporate career in the Toledo, Ohio area.  He is a consultant with Graceland Fruit.  Duane enjoys agricultural and car ferry history and served on the board of the S.S. City of Milwaukee, The Rotary Club, The Mills Community House, the Michigan State University Alumni Club and is a member of the Paul Oliver Hospital Auxiliary.  He recently served on the Benzie Area Historical Society Board of Directors.