CommonGround hosted a virtual cooking class for consumers, made possible through St. Paul, Minnesota-based Cooks of Crocus Hill. Last week, more than 50 attendees from across the country welcomed CommonGround into their kitchens to learn about preparing great food from professionals and to find out more about their food from the women who grow it.
Two farmers involved in raising or growing of ingredients spotlighted for each of the three courses, shared their story with influential and interested consumers. Through an interactive discussion, attendees found out not just about cooking but also about farming and how to continue dialogue that is honest and open between the farm and their families.
With participants from California bloggers to DC-based leaders in food non-profits, the impacts of the event will continue to spread on social media over the coming weeks. Keep an eye out!
Thank you so much to all of the awesome state staff and volunteers who came together to keep consumer efforts moving in this new and different environment.
Farmers featured during the appetizer course included Jocelyn Schlichting Hicks of Minnesota who discussed biotechnology as a potato grower and Pam Selz-Pralle of Wisconsin who told the story of caring for her cows as a dairy farmer. During the entrée segment, Joan Ruskamp of Nebraska discussed antibiotics and animal health from her perspective as a beef rancher and Maryland farmer, volunteer and Registered Dietitian Jennie Schmidt, who also grows Roma tomatoes, brought information about pesticides to light. The evening wrapped up on a sweet note, with Iowa dairy farmer Lynn Bolin discussing sustainability and Kim Baldwin of Kansas sharing on everything from eggs to food prices during the dessert course.
As always, the farmers featured were supported by fellow volunteers including Sondra Pierce of Colorado, Lauren Biegler of Minnesota and Kyla Hamilton of Texas. Together, these women rounded out the team and showed the program’s grassroots, authentic approach to conversations in action.
NCGA is taking a series of actions to do our part to help contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the economic fallout it is creating for corn farmers and our customers. Short term, this means instituting policies to protect the health and safety of our stakeholders and the broader communities we serve. Long term, we’re focused on creating solutions to help corn farmers and our customers recover from the financial impacts of this crisis.
CommonGround is a group of farmers connecting with consumers through conversations about science and research and personal stories about food and misinformation surrounding farming. Supported by the NCGA and state corn organizations.
The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is a farmer-led initiative that fosters transformation in agriculture through improved soil health. Administered by NCGA the partnership has more than 220 working farms enrolled in 16 states. SHP’s mission is to utilize science and data to partner with farmers who are adopting conservation agricultural practices that improve the economic and environmental sustainability of the farm.