Are you curious about where your food comes from? Now is your chance to see how the food you purchase is grown and ask all the questions you’ve been worried about. For the second year in a row, the Illinois Farm Families organization is inviting Chicago area moms to become Field Moms who will travel with them to tour Illinois farms.
As a Field Mom, you will meet farmers who raise beef cattle, dairy cows and pigs and grow corn, soybeans and canning vegetable produce. You will follow the growing cycle, from spring planting to fall harvest. All the tour dates will be plotted out on the calendar to make planning easy. Childcare reimbursement is available up to $100 per tour, and each tour will begin at 8am and end no later than 4PM. Participation is completely free and you’ll walk away with information and experiences that will radically change the way you think about the food you eat and buy.
For the past few years, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to dairy farms, corn farms, and even a hog farm. I’ve become a better informed consumer and have taught my children a lot about the food they eat. I’ve asked questions about antibiotics, growth hormones, GMOs, and the environment and have gotten honest answers. Meeting farmers and learning more about their challenges has changed the way I browse through the supermarket aisles for bacon, milk, and steak. But I’m not done; I still dream of touring an egg farm, a cattle farm, a salmon farm and learning more about produce. Learning about farming has given me confidence and the tools to make purchasing decisions I’m comfortable with for my family.
Interested in learning more? The Illinois Farm Families is accepting applications now through January 20. Applying takes just a few minutes and you could soon be on your way to a n amazing experience that will change the way your family eats.