Want to put a face and even a family behind the food you put on your table? Here’s your chance. A program called Mid-Atlantic Farmers Feed US is showcasing 10 farmers from the Mid-Atlantic region beginning Tuesday, January 3. The goal is to introduce local consumers to the local hardworking men and women who raise healthy, nutritious and affordable food through online videos of the farmers at work. After watching the videos, consumers in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and D.C. can enter for a chance to win free groceries for a year!
With a successful initial launch in the Midwest, film crews visited the Mid-Atlantic to tape farmers in October 2011. The farmers selected will feature several commodities such as beef, cattle, corn, dairy, hogs, mushrooms, poultry, roasters, soybeans, vegetables, and watermelon. Delaware farmers profiled include:
- Dairy: Allison & Burli Hopkins, Hopkins Creamery, Lewes, DE (see Facebook page here)
- Vegetables: Jay Baxter, Baxter Farms, Georgetown, DE
- Poultry: Jesse Vanderwende, Walnut Tree Farm, Bridgeville, DE
Yesterday I blogged about my cousin, Bethany Killmon; therefore, I have to mention that Jesse is also my cousin. There is no doubt in my mind that Jesse loves our family farm and is a young entrepreneur; he built two chicken houses by the age of 19. He grew up on the farm and spent almost every minute learning the ropes from his father and our grandfather. I can’t wait to see his video!
It is my hope that you, the consumer, can find a few minutes to watch one or two of these videos over the next 90 days (just click here: http://www.farmersfeedus.org/)! Or at least just visit their Facebook page to “like” them!
Thank you to the farmers featured for giving up their time in the field or on the farm to do this. I hope farmers continue to take advantage of these new online social media outlets to promote public trust and show that they have the same values as consumers.