Tuesday, February 11, 2014
For the third year, Illinois family
farmers are welcoming Chicago-area moms to their farms to answer
the moms' questions about how food is grown. The "Field Moms" will
tour four Illinois farms and a northern Illinois grocery store
between February and October this year to see how farmers care for
their animals and the environment.
The Field Moms will tour a pig farm, corn and soybean farm,
dairy farm and beef farm. They will ride along as crops are planted
and harvested. Their first tour will be of Ultra Foods in Wheaton,
Ill., February 22. While there, the Field Moms will have a chance
to speak with Ultra Foods managers and staff and registered
dietician Jodie Shield will answer the moms' questions about
healthy food and nutrition.
The 2014 Field Moms are:
Illinois Farm Families will be opening their doors throughout
the year, welcoming the Field Moms and answering any questions they
have about animal care, pesticides, biotechnology and more.
Donna Jeschke of Mazon is a corn and soybean farmer and is one
of several farm moms who will be accompanying the Field Moms on
their tours during the year.
"Today, most people are at least two generations removed from
the farm," said Jeschke. "As farmers, it's important for us to
connect with those moms who maybe don't have a personal connection
to the farm and answer any questions they have about how we raise
the plants and animals they feed their families."
The Field Moms each will record their days on the farms by
taking photos, videos and journaling their observations. After each
farm tour, the Field Moms will share what they learned with other
moms and consumers on www.WatchUsGrow.org, www.facebook.com/IllinoisFarmFamilies
Illinois Farm Families are Illinois farmers who support Illinois
Farm Bureau, Illinois Pork Producers Association, Illinois Corn
Marketing Board, Illinois Soybean Association, Illinois Beef
Association and Midwest Dairy Association through farmer membership
and checkoff programs. We are committed to having conversations
with consumers, answering their questions about food, farmers and
farming, and sharing what really happens on today's Illinois family
farms. More than 94 percent of Illinois farms are family owned and
operated. We are passionate about showing consumers how we grow
safe, healthy food for their families and ours.
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