Two of the women on the trip were gracious enough to invite us to visit their family farms. Winsor family farms gave me the amazing opportunity to step foot on a corn field as they gathered their harvest.
Seeing the farm equipment up close and personal was a very neat experience as well and Mr. Windsor’s mother was gracious enough to treat us with some yummy goodies while we ate and hung out with them.
We spoke a lot at this farm about the different medications used to treat the animals. They really drove home how scientific farming really is. They are continuously doing research and finding the best methods to care for their animals and crops alike. This is the type of thing that makes me feel very safe and confident about the food I am consuming.
The Forshee Farms was another stop on our journey, and I enjoyed checking out their soybean fields.
We spent a lot of time here discussing GMOs, as they are used on this field. You can learn more about GMOs and my thoughts on them here. The most interesting thing I learned here was how much management, effort, and money goes into creating irrigation systems on farms! The Forshee’s are in the process of doing this now and it isn’t easy (or cheap). Did you know you have to actually get permission from the government to dig a well… then there are limits on the amount of water you can use! Every piece of the farm requires such careful consideration and calculation I can’t even imagine what it would be like!
At the end of the day, these are the people that grow the food we eat.
They aren’t mad scientist that sit in a lab thinking of new ways to make money. They are real people. Genuine people. Family people. They care about the food they create because it’s the food their family is eating too. I’m not an expert on farming. Most of us aren’t. These people are, and it’s essential that we give them the trust and respect they deserve in their profession. After all… you should never bite the hand that feeds you!