By Amanda Carey Goodfellow
We always hear the phrase ‘Thank A Farmer,’ especially around National Ag Week and Ag Day. But how can we ask people to thank their farmers if they don’t know them?
With the majority of our society being multiple generations removed from a farm, most people do not know a farmer — even if they live in rural America.
Mecosta County Farm Bureau knows this is a problem that needs fixing. How can we ask people to trust us to raise safe and reliable food when they don’t even know who we are?
In today’s world, the easiest and fastest way to get the word out about anything is social media. That’s why we took to our Facebook page during National Ag Week to share about our county’s diversity and to put a face behind agriculture.
Board members contacted local farmers for a brief summary of their farm and a picture. We featured board families who specialize in club goats, greenhouses, horse farms, dairies, crop farms and everything in between.
Over the course of the week we were able to introduce community members to 14 different families with footprints in agriculture.
Amanda Carey Goodfellow chairs Mecosta County Farm Bureau’s Young Farmer committee.