A Visit to the Farm



I want to share these two blog entries from Mike who was a kind leader at the AgChat Foundation seminar that I attended this past August.

In the old days when people were closer to the land, you at least had an aunt/uncle or grandparents who still lived on the farm and likely had the old fashioned now iconic farmyard life with the garden that Gramma was chasing chickens out of, while gramps slopped a couple hogs and the cow was standing nearby chewing it’s cud waiting to be relieved of it’s milk-swollen udder pressure.  And the horses were still around even though gramps was trying to figure out how to keep that new iron horse contraption running.

Anyway, people had opportunities to touch the rural hands that were at work trying to feed the nation.  I am in my 50’s now and I know that from my generation, we have lost that contact and our grandchildren are growing up not even knowing what animals look like sometimes, and certainly no connection to how their chicken nugget came into being.

So, we ponder the ways to connect with the urban masses again….there are lots of risks to be considered with inviting the general public onto your property.  General ignorance of farm life can create little accidents within minutes because there might be things that are part of your operation that people don’t understand.  We use electric fencing to contain our animals; that is frequently the first thing that we have to stop and educate people about, and hope to make sure that the human is aware of the obstacle before the obstacle makes itself known. 

I could go thru a whole list of things that are rather routine on farms and to an outsider, considered high risk for injury (which they are, but we exist with them because, well, because that’s just how farmers get along….making due with risks daily).  So, perhaps virtual farm tours are the answer.

I hope to see you passing by the neighborhood and I’ll give you a yell; ya’ll come up on the porch and visit a spell……