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How Healthy Farming Makes Healthy Families: My Day On The Farm #Plant14

Anyone who knows me personally knows that although I live in the big city, I am very much a country girl! My entire family is based in the South. I fondly remember all of the warm summer days spent running around on my Grandfather’s farmland with my cousins while the adults gathered and prepared farm-fresh foods for us to eat for our daily meals. As a child, I was taught that healthy farming makes healthy families.

 

As I got older, my Father, Aunts, and Uncles would share their stories with me about their days working in my Grandfather’s farm fields. I was always intrigued and amazed at the hard work and dedication that it took to ensure successful crops for consuming and selling, and how important their job was to the livelihood of the other families in their community and beyond.

 

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My Grandfather’s old farmland in Arkansas

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My Grandfather’s old 100-acre farmland stretches as far as the second row of trees that you see off in the distance

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My Grandfather’s old house on the farmland

 

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Taken a few years ago: me Standing in front of my Grandfather’s former house on our family’s old farmland in Arkansas

Coming from a family of farming, I know how challenging it can be to balance day-to-day family activities with the workload that comes with managing a farm. Especially nowadays, when the demands of family and food consumption has increased so significantly. As a Mom who strives to steer clear of processed foods and prepare meals made with fresh foods as often as I can, I seek to learn more about the foods that I buy for my family.

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Last week I had the opportunity to do just that with a private tour of a farm in the West Alton, Missouri area to learn exactly how healthy farming makes healthy families. I got the chance to talk one-on-one with Adam, a farmer who grows one of my family’s favorite foods corn, as well as soybeans and other vegetables.

 

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A look at the Alton farm

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Getting a closer look at the planted rows of sweet corn

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These beautiful specimens of sweet corn will be ready to harvest in July

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Spending a day in his shoes and hearing him talk about his family’s background in farming and the love he has for what he does helped me to learn more about the day in the life of a farmer. I also learned about planting season, water management and conserving resources.

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The most interesting thing that I discovered is that farmers are not made to buy their farming seeds from major agriculture corporations. Instead, there are other farms that produce—you guessed it—farming seeds! Farmers buy from other farmers, which keeps the farming community economically strong. I also learned the latest methods and resources that are available to farmers to help keep the foods that they grow as pesticide and chemical-free as possible. This definitely helped me feel more at ease with the foods that I feed my family!

 

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This tractor is 16 years old – and still operates perfectly. Tractors nowadays come equipped with many tools and technology to help farmers do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. Some even come with GPS. 

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I had the opportunity to ride in the tractor with Adam and experience one of the many tasks of farming firsthand

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During the ride, Adam explained more about the tractor’s features and functions; as well as his daily planting and care routine of the crops

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Next, we started the second half of the tour.

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One of my favorite parts of the tour – up close and personal with the silos

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Taking a look into one of the newly-built corn silos

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Me with other fellow Bloggers during the tour

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It was great to learn more about the foods I eat! Where it comes from and how it was grown is all very important to me. Food plays such a major role in keeping my family at their best, so being able to educate myself on the dynamics of farming and farm life certainly helped me a lot! By taking the personal farm tour, I realized that America’s farmers work tirelessly to grow crops and raise livestock that help our country flourish and keep our families healthy. That is something I never take for granted.

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*Many thanks to Janice of JPLovesCotton and Monsanto for inviting me to be a part of this experience!

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Makeba Giles is a Digital Content Producer and Founder of Faith Health and Home, a digital space with information and resources for physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being to help families live an inspired lifestyle.

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Janice

I love how you combined the personal pieces of your family’s heritage to the experience! LOVE IT! Thanks for coming out and I can’t wait til we get to pick sweet corn!

Janice

One of the reasons I so enjoyed this article is that you see Adam & his family the way I see most farmers…. As incredible stewards of so many resources. Some folks who tend to talk loudly have created the perception that farmers take the “easy way out” and overuse pesticides or don’t value the soil when in fact the opposite is true.

Jenn

This looks like such a fun and educational experience! What a great way to get more “in touch” with where your food comes from, and to develop a better appreciation for the farmers who work hard to get food to the stores. 🙂

Carly Bellard

I love the little corn row! Great pictures! You really captured the experience of the farm through the pictures and videos!

Robin (Masshole Mommy)

I think it would be so interesting to spend a day on a farm to see how much work actually goes into it!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious?

What a huge farm. I have so much respect for farmers. I don’t know how they do all of the work that they do. And if it’s too dry or something happens to their crop? I can’t imagine.

Tracey

That is so cool! What an interesting and fun day that must have been!

Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama

Awesome farm – there is so much cost of maintenance in there. He’s got it covered!

Autumn

Our farmers really do a lot for us! I love that I can grow some of my own foods at home, but also have access to the “fruits” of someone else’s hard labor at the supermarket and farmer’s markets.

Jaime

Farming is so interesting (and fun) to me. My family used to have a farm in Pennsylvania and we spent many summers there when I was a child.

Debbie Denny
Debbie Denny

I have done my farm time. Hard work but so worth it!

Rosey
Rosey

We live in an area where there are a lot of farmers. It’s always nice to see how they pull together in the spring to get things up and running. You can tell they work hard.

Liz Mays

It’s really neat that you have a personal connection to farming. I enjoyed seeing the old farm and home!

Renee

Wow! I didn’t know silos were that large. So cool that you got to ride in a tractor and learn more about the food we eat.

Beth@FrugalFroggie

Grateful that have the farmers that provide us the great food we eat. They are the backbone of this country for sure!!

Marla

The farm looks amazing! I don’t know how you manage this everyday, looks like a lot of work.

Chelsea

Farming is part of such an interesting lifestyle! I love the idea of harvesting your own food, it’s just awesome to be that self-sustaining!

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

I didn’t know farmers bought their seeds from different sources then everyone else. Interesting!

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick

I didn’t know that farmers bought from other sources. That’s interesting!

Keikilani

I love this post. I think we need to be more aware and supportive of our farmers. The ones that are doing their best to keep things clean.

Tiffany (Fabulous Mom Blog)

What a great post. I grew up in the country, so many fields of crops. I’ll always cherish the way I grew up and where I come from. Your post reminds me of rural Virginia.

Christina S

Very cool! We live in a rural area, so farming here is just part of life. I love going to the farmer’s markets and getting real food made in my town!

StacieinAtlanta

I have the utmost respect for farmers. That is one very tough and grueling job. It’s easy to forget just how much work goes into growing our food when all you have to do is visit the grocer.

Amanda

My husband farmed and his best friend does too. Lots of tractors and soy bean dust! 🙂

Henrietta

We live in a rural community that is surrounded by farms and local farmers, I have always respected and admired the work they do to provide for our country.

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement

My family and I definitely know the importance of supporting local farmers! We’re friends with several in our area and have actually spent time volunteering for them 🙂 Nothing like knowing where your food comes from!

veronica

farming looks like so much fun! Lol. But I know that it is a lot of hard work. I plan to start a mini farm in my backyard

Margaret (@margswrld)

Growing up as a city girl, going to a farm was always a treat. And its one of the reasons that farmers markets are my favs. The food is always so much better.

Christie

What a fabulous day on the farm! I love all of the pictures and the fun you’re having!

Kecia

Kudos to all farmers out there! They are amazing for working long days in the hot summer weather. I wish we had more land to live on, so we could garden and such.

Kathy

My mom came from a farming family in Nebraska. Supporting local farming is so important. Your trip looked amazing!

Toni

I Love that you are a farming family. We thank you for all you do because without yourself and other farmers we would not have alot of the food we eat

Amy @ Marvelous Mommy

We always had a garden when I was a kid. We just started growing our first backyard garden last week.

Pauline Cabrera

Thumbs up for all farmers out there! I’m so thankful that we have farmers who continually supply us food. And about your blog, kudos for giving us a glimpse of what farm life is all about. 🙂

Brandi

Now I see where your hardworking ethic comes from! It’s in your blood!

krystalskitsch

I think it is SO cool to see where your food comes from. Very interesting.

Joanna Sormunen

Great pictures! Looks like you really enjoyed your visit! And you got to ride a tractor 😉

Candy O.

What a great trip. I love being out in the country!

Amy Desrosiers

I grew up on a small farm so this really resonates with me.

Dina
Dina

I plant a garden every year. Does that make me a farmer? lol

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