Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Moms On The Farm

Moms Day Out On The Farm
By Alex Hoffman
Published: July 13, 2010, 5:02 PM

HARTFORD, SD - Whether you are shopping for yourself or feeding a family, people are spending more time studying food labels.

On Tuesday, a group of moms went beyond the packaging and got a firsthand look at where it all comes from.

Surrounded by miles of rolling hills, the farm is normally a quiet oasis. But Tuesday, this land north of Hartford became an outdoor classroom.

Women are taking a break from work and families to find out exactly what it takes to get food from the field to the fridge.

"I think it'd be fun for them to see where it all starts from instead of just going to the grocery store and saying, 'Well, that’s where chicken comes from,' or 'That’s where pork comes from,'” hog farmer Dennis Steineke said.

Most of these women have very little experience being on a farm and say they're excited to learn what it's all about.

"It's good to learn about how farming works and how we get our meat and how the animals are taken from the farm to how we get them in the grocery store,” participant Jackie Studenski said.
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This is a terrific program sponsored by Ag United. I’ve mentioned on this blog many times the importance of showing consumers what we do. There are those in our industry that talk about being advocates and there are those that actually do something. If you ever get the chance to host a tour of your farm or ranch jump on it. Thanks to Ag United and these South Dakota producers for hosting this tour.

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