Voting Booth: The disconnect between farmer and consumer seems to be growing. How can we best

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Start in the schools. 15
 
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Who cares, let them eat what isn't grown on farms - nothing! 1
 

farming-admin
Nov 29, 2010 10:45 AM CST
What can farmers do to make the public understand what is at stake?
ImageNEILMUIR1
Nov 29, 2010 1:26 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
I am fully aware that the US is massive to our little island in the UK. The farmers suffer the same problems over here though, mainly from the E.U., which is a bunch of highly paid politicians in Brussels (Belgium), that have never ever set foot on a farm or indeed done any hard work, apart form signing their expense claims. Luckily the supermarkets\chain stores do not rule over here; they did but not anymore. I have always thought that everyone should be taught how to cook and grow things, whilst they are young at school. This was shut down in schools by different Governments, which was wrong. For it seems we have lost two generations that can cook, wash and iron. Now they have brought it back in all schools, and it is compulsory to everyone regardless of Gender.
The children also go to farms and see where and what they cook and indeed eat comes from, is that not the way forward? Most of our Parks are on a tight budget, like everyone. So they have opened small farms, where the parents and the children can go and visit. To me I was brought up with growing things and farms; but in a recent survey children in London were asked where Apples came from and the reply was an astonishing 92% said supermarkets, that is a very sad state of affairs.
The farmers markets are very popular, as they can put the stores to shame, and the organic movement is very powerful in the UK!
My eight year old nephew can cook lovely scrambled eggs and a nice omelette, because he was taught at school, and by us! He is also learning all the time about growing things and cooking.
Surely we all learnt that way? Don't teach them or stop them doing it, or they will eat fast food!
Regards from a freezing England.
Neil.


ImageKathleen
Nov 29, 2010 1:48 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
I agree. There are kids who live in our tiny farm town that don't seem to have a clue. I try very hard to get kids involved whenever possible.
porkpal
Dec 2, 2010 10:10 AM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
In addition to introducing farming in the schools, perhaps someone should include a farming show on ever-popular "reality" TV.
Porkpal
ImageRetSgt
Dec 2, 2010 2:34 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
It really starts at Home but that was not a choice in the vote .

Sarge Glare
ImageNEILMUIR1
Dec 2, 2010 4:14 PM CST
Name: Neil
London\Kent Border
Dear Sarge, it does start at home I agree. But in the inner cities in our small island with now an estimated 70 million people, a lot of people do not have gardens or even a window box! The closest they get to anything is a local park, that the Victorians built and by law cannot be taken off us. Due to the E.U. laws and the Health & Safety Act, it is not a matter of allowing children on the farms with a pair of rubber wellies on, as you cannot do that. They are allowed to see the animals but not touch or go near them; there must be safe paths for them to walk on, proper toilets, no electric fences or anything like it.
To a farmer that is an awful lot of money and trouble to go through, and then you must have liability insurance and that is not cheap! Farmers work extremely hard 365 days of the year, some will say they get a break but they are always doing something.
Me I take my nephew down the farm and he loves it, but what eight year old boy wouldn't?
I have taught my eldest niece how to hedge lay, and she loves it. But not a lot of children get the chance to do that, and that is wrong.
Too many politicians and too many stupid rules.
Regards.
Neil.
porkpal
Dec 2, 2010 11:16 PM CST
Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
Oh my! I have no idea whether we have such rules but I suppose we must. How absurd!
Porkpal
ImageRetSgt
Dec 3, 2010 6:37 PM CST
Name: Sarge
Live Life You may not be here tomor
Dear Neil,

I know things are different in our countries when it comes to many things but I did not realize it was like that about the farming issues. Most all School systems set up field trips to local farms around the area, at some point during the year while the children are in school. This gives the children a chance to experience the veggie growing as well as interaction with the animals or at least some of them. Other trips include trips to Zoo’s around the Area here in Tennessee. Here is A link : http://www.officialusa.com/stateguides/zoos/tennessee.html many of them have petting areas for children to interact with the animals and to be able to get up close and feed them .
I hope you enjoy the different sites, some of them we have visited several times over the years in the past.

Best Regards

Sarge
ImageWindigo
Dec 8, 2010 3:17 PM CST
Name: Deb
With PETA and HSUS pushing their anti farming, anti animal ideas on young people, there needs to be some balance. I'm not a farmer, I am a hobby dog breeder, there are more and more laws that get passed because the folks living in urban areas that really have no idea of the truth, are being fed HSUS lies, along with gorey, sometimes staged photos, and believing the worst of farmers, dog breeders (HSUS lists all breeders as puppy mills), and anyone involved with animal husbandry. Way too many politicians support HSUS because of the money they provide to their campaign coffers. I truly have no ideas on how to combat this, but something needs to be done, and it would make sense to me to start with the children.
ImageKathleen
Dec 8, 2010 3:47 PM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
Deb, you've hit on the subject for the next voting booth. Watch for it, and the discussion coming soon to a cubit near you.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 18, 2011 12:49 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I am hosting a seed swap in April for my community to try and get more people to garden by introducing them to new varieties of veggies and herbs. I am trying to appeal to a younger set of gardeners by giving them choices other than beans, taters and corn only.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

ImageKathleen
Feb 18, 2011 10:16 AM CST
Name: Kathleen Tenpas
Wickwire Corners NY
That sounds like a good idea. There does seem to be a movement toward including things like community gardens in more urban schools over the last several years. I applaud it whole heartedly.
ImageCajuninKy
Feb 19, 2011 1:14 AM CST
Name: Cheryl
Eastern Ky
Truth should be everpresent.
I live in a rural and very poor area. Many still garden but there is no variety in what they grow or eat so I am trying to change that. I also hope to encourage younger people to garden by introducing them to something more fun and tasty than what they have always had. Food here is boring.
Please join me at my Websites:
At Home Away from Home ~ Cajun's Corner

Imagestormyla
Jul 8, 2011 5:06 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
I think that it would be important if schools could be encouraged to have their own food gardens for the children to learn with. For the urban schools this could be container and vertical or square foot gardening. They could also have small beds in large sandboxes or small swimming pools in the cement school yards. They could all be taught window box kitchen gardening too.

Trying to familiarize them with livestock would be difficult though. I'm suburban and still have to drive 20 to 25 miles to find things like chicken grit and corn gluten. When I was a girl the area that I live in was pure farmland.

My 20 year old niece on a recent visit was horrified when I cut mint for the iced tea. When I asked her what was wrong with it, she exclaimed "It was in the dirt"!!! Her mother, my sister, is of the first generation in my family never to have farmed. But she certainly grew up in a home that always had a large kitchen garden and got eggs and dairy items from local farms.

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