On November 12, CommonGround hosted its second virtual cooking event. Led by CommonGround Texas farmer Kalley Howard as our chef and moderated by St. Louis mom and coach Jenn Whitmer, the event focused on relieving food-related mom guilt and providing support in this holiday season when many moms may be tackling the full Thanksgiving dinner for the first time. Kalley led the group through a cornbread dressing, turkey brine and honey pecan pie as farmer volunteers shared how the ingredients they farm make it to holiday tables.
Missouri volunteer Addie Yoder discussed GMO foods and farm ownership along with Kalley’s cornbread dressing demonstration. To pair with Kalley’s turkey brine, Texas volunteer and registered dietitian Amy Halfmann talked about food safety, and Iowa volunteer Katie Hermanson told moms about the ways her family keeps their turkeys safe and healthy. Maryland volunteer Paula Linthicum discussed how she grows the wheat for pastries and pie crusts sustainably as Kalley introduced the honey pecan pie recipe. Sara Hewitt, a Minnesota volunteer, talked about the pie’s special ingredient - honey - and how they care for and protect pollinators.
The event was recorded, and a link will be available soon on our Facebook page. CommonGround’s next virtual cooking event, Mom Meals: Holiday Edition, takes place December 10 at 6 p.m., and registrations will open soon.
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.