We had some AWESOME visitors to our farm in 2017! When the group of folks pictured below showed up one cold Saturday morning in November, we were a little over whelmed. So what brought this large group out for a visit?
Mothers On Mission
The three Mom’s in the photo above had done their homework. They care about what they feed their families. The questions they brought to us were to the point:
- How do we care for the animals?
- What else do the cattle eat besides grass?
- How do we manage the pastures?
- What kind of grass is this?
- What about the fat profile of the meat?
- Do you spray the pastures?
- How do you move the cattle?
- What about the water for the herd?
- Do the cattle get any medicine or shots?
- When are the calves born?
- What are the best ways to prepare the meat?
We did our best to answer each question. The Pass – Fail test comes when our guests visit the herd.
- It doesn’t take long for anyone to decide if the animals are calm & satisfied versus stressed or lacking care.
- You don’t need to be a range scientist to see if the pasture is overgrazed.
- A simple walk across the pasture will tell you if the land and water is protected.
Seeing the pasture and herd is KNOWING. Know Your Farmer Know Your Food.
Back to our visiting Mom’s
We applaud the Mothers and Grandmothers that visited our farm over the past few years. The impact THEY are having on the “food industry” is a welcome change. Successful Farming noted this change on this February 2016 Magazine Cover.
Real change is happening
After the families pictured above left our farm, we had another visitor scheduled this same cold November Saturday. Our next guest was a woman who works for one of the largest food processing manufactures in the world. She was interested in what was happening in our pasture. As with all our visitors, we had a great time discussing farming, food, environment and “the herd”.
When she disclosed who she worked for and what she did, we asked about any changes her company was going through. Our guest was quick to point out that her “customers” were demanding the removal of many processed food ingredients. Her company is responding to these Mothers, change is happening!
- The number one priority of her company, removal of artificial food colors and dies.
- Often times dies are hormone-disruptors implicated in many health issues such as ADHD.
Change starts one bite at a time
Years ago when Sheila and I first felt the need to change our food buying options, it seemed overwhelming. The first farmer we purchased clean food from locally was quick to discuss our feelings. He told us to just keep it simple. Make easy changes to your food purchases. Grow into the change where it makes sense when the timing is right.
This advise was spot on. Slow and steady wins the race. We all vote for what kind of “food industry” we want with each bite. We are moving the food industry one bite at a time!
What about our visiting guys?
We really need to talk about the guys pictured above. These husbands had taken the wives out for a special Friday evening the night before visiting our farm. Where did the ladies take the guys? HA, I had to laugh, the ladies get a night out on the town and the guys get a cool morning walk in a pasture! Way to go Men, supporting the ladies! What a fun group.
What about the kids that came along?
The kids pictured above had a sense of wonderment that us adults need to stop and recapture more often. They had some great questions also. What can these kids learn from their parents?
My son, keep your father’s command and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck.
When these kids become the next wave of food purchasers, all we can say is, watch out and Thank You MOMs!