Filed under: Food + Health, Society + Media | Tags: Kansas, KCCUA, local farming, local food
Growing up in Kansas, farmland was always just down the road from my house and a regular sight driving on I-70. I always took for granted how much of the food I ate was grown on these farms and I never really understood what agriculture could teach me.
Meeting with the farmers behind Drumm Farm, I realized that food is not just a personal way of life; it’s a communal way of life. Food is all about connecting with people. You go to a farmers’ market, pick up some fresh vegetables, get some flowers — but you also undoubtedly meet a farmer or two. And our work with KCCUA went one step further than visiting a farmers’ market. I heard their stories, saw the farmland they are so proud of, and understood their job just a little more — which including incorporating children in the process of growing and eating local food as much as possible. They taught me that children tasting a fresh carrot while they’re young helps them appreciate local food.
But finally, writing about a farm with such character showed to be a new lesson in writing for me. Oftentimes, writers can get straight to a point with a few facts and quotes. But when I reached my farm for my first visit, I knew immediately that the inverted pyramid format wasn’t going to work for this one. I would have to describe every sight with great detail and include every energetic quote in the podcast to give this farm justice.
Now, when I think about what’s for dinner, I’ll be able to envision the farms that grew my food, the faces behind that work… and how I need to make up for some lost time of local, fresh eating.
— Jessica Sain-Baird
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