Iowa is an agriculture state and it baffles me that somewhere along the way, we stopped educating our kids on where their food comes from. Four years ago, I was speaking at a conference in Des Moines and a young 20 something year old man, stood up and said he had always thought hamburger came from a package in the grocery store. It never once occurred to him that hamburger involved a cow. Something so simple to this Iowa farm girl, yet so complicated to someone who lives in the midwest.
Spring time is beautiful.... the apple trees look like this!
I hope the things that we are doing in North Iowa are educating folks on why agriculture does matter in our community. At the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club several farmers attend and they are using social media to tell their stories from the farm. I'd also like to think that local folks would not fear them and not be afraid to ask questions. Farmers are more than willing to show you what they do and how they live on the farm. Laura of Life On Skyview is educating kids about agriculture through Facetime, how cool is that? There is no excuse for any school not to have ag in the classroom, as technology makes it all possible.
This time 30+ years ago, I was working on 4-H projects for the North Iowa Fair. I was busy breaking a calf, feeding baby chickens and deciding on what I would sew for my fair projects. Life seemed simpler then, as there was no social media or cell phones. 4-H and bean walking consumed my summers. The price tag of those summers= priceless!
We have a lot of awesome things in Iowa. We have state parks that offer amazing fishing and hiking opportunities. Family festivals are all around us. We offer wide open spaces where you can actually have a picnic in the outdoors and not have several people around you. Camping is in several corners of our state, as well as many boating opportunities.
Many people in Iowa do not work directly on the farm, but I can tell you that the life of the farmer directly impacts how well their business will do year in and year out.
If there is one thing I have recently learned in North Iowa, is the fact that many people do not have the ability to appreciate all farmers. A farmer is a farmer. Many grow corn, soybeans, onions, strawberries, chickens, pigs, cows and even popcorn in North Iowa. Let's ban together and support all farmers. There is no need to separate any of them. I for one, am extremely grateful that I live in a country where I have a gazillion food choices. I can choose to purchase a variety of foods, which I think is pretty cool.
I'm also proud of the fact that I can call Iowa home. Here is where I have fresh air, wide open spaces and a friendly community to call home. It's fun to see people come together one day a month at the North Iowa Social Media Breakfast Club. Here is where nobody judges anyone, everyone helps each other and it's a win/win. I just wish all things could be this easy. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?