My parents were both farmers. Mom was raised on a farm where they hand milked their dairy cows everyday, raised horses and grew alfalfa and other crops for food. Dad attended Fresno State where he was an agriculture major and got his degree in agronomy. From there he went and worked on a farm in Australia. During my early childhood I remember him traveling to so many places to assist with crops and farm trade, including Sudan, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Malaysia and American Samoa.
Despite the fact that I’ve never spent a significant amount of time on a farm, I guess you could say it’s in my genes one way or another. I’ve always been interested in living on a farm of some sort—the idea seems so appealing. Except for the fact that I’m not a big fan of the heat, or the cold, or bugs, or the smell of animals, or super hard physical work. Yeah, I’ll just stick to the “idea” of living on a farm. ☺
I’m so thankful for the families that actually DO live and work on a farm so that we can eat and feed our families well. I love that living in Indiana, we have access to getting to know our farmers and their farms. I love that we can learn all about our food and teach our children too! We can visit vineyards, honey farms, dairy farms, bison farms, apple orchards, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms and MORE!
March is Indiana Agriculture Appreciation Month and I was at the State House earlier this month on Ag Day when this was officially declared. It was a fantastic afternoon while we all celebrated with the FFA (Future Farmers of America), Indiana Farmers, Legislators, reporters and a whole bunch of my friends who many of you may already know; Cris, Jackie, Crystal, Jen, Ann-Marie, Cherie and the Real Farmwives. Also, we had some pretty spectacular food courtesy of Indiana Farms and local food trucks. My favorites were the chicken tacos from Tacos Without Borders and the Deans Chocolate Milk (Did you know that most milk travels only 100 miles from the farm to the grocery store?) – spicy and sweet, the best combo!
How can your family celebrate Ag month? Visit a local farm, read about some of our Indiana Farmers on the Family of Farmers website or in the Indiana Humanities Council book (Food for Thought: An Indiana Harvest) or website, investigate some youth organizations that promote agriculture (4-H & FFA), visit a local farmers market or get started on growing a garden with your kids, even a nice herb garden in a kitchen window would be a great start. Do you have any other ideas? Share with us on Facebook how YOUR family is celebrating.