Chris Bird (of MamaBirdsBlog.com) attended a meeting with Common Ground for ColoradoMoms. Here, she shares what she learned about foods in Colorado.
Are non-organic foods safe and nutritious? Should I be worried about antibiotics in my meat? What about hormone usage in our meat and milk? What is the difference between organic and non-organic milk? These are all questions we’ve started to ask as consumers and mothers in recent years. I know they’ve nagged me.
I’ve done some cursory exploring on these topics since becoming a mom, because like all moms, I want what’s best for my child. I’ve searched the Internet, browsed books, asked friends, even thrown questions out on Twitter. Surprisingly, a few dairy farmers actually responded to me through Twitter. Can I just tell you as a side note, how much I love Twitter? Anyway, what they had to say about antibiotics and hormone usage in milk was vastly different from everything I had heard and read from every other source. It was refreshing to hear from the very people whose livelihood IS milk.
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to ask more questions like those above directly of farmers? Who better to know the answers in this age of agricultural biotechnology than those who study it and implement it?
Your questions became the impetus for the formation of CommonGround.
Consumers aren’t getting the real story about American agriculture and all that goes into growing and raising their food. We’re a group of volunteer farm women and we plan to change that by doing something extraordinary. Our program is called CommonGround and it’s all about starting a conversation between women who grow food, and the women who buy it. It’s a conversation based on our personal experience as farmers, but also on science and research. Our first goal is to help consumers understand that their food is not grown by a factory. It’s grown by people and it’s important to us that you understand and trust the process. We hope you’ll join in the conversation. – FindOurCommonGround.com.
A few weeks ago, I attended Colorado’s very first “Conversations about Farming and Food” dinner, hosted by the brand new CommonGround Colorado and was beyond impressed by the wealth of information these women farmers and the young officers from Future Farmers of America had at their fingertips. They talked about the type of technology used on farms, such as tractors operated by GPS and how they can tell immediately if a cow is sick by computers that monitor their temperature. They were gracious and kind, and excited to talk to little ‘ol me, a strictly urban girl with a simple mom blog. Prior to this dinner, the only farmers I knew were on my TV – Green Acres, Little House on the Prairie. Now I have invites to come visit a Red Angus cattle ranch and an actual dairy farm with hundreds of happy, social cows that form cliques and hold grudges like temperamental teenage girls. Did you know cows talk to each other? Neither did I.
Despite the fact that I’m not a foodie blogger, or an organic blogger, nor do I even share recipes on my blog, I was suddenly the honored guest that night at dinner. But, I get it. I’m a mom. We buy the groceries. We decide what goes in the lunchbox every day and on the dinner table every night. And, we talk to other moms.
Visit FindOurCommonGround.com and start a conversation. Because, as a mom, you’re an honored guest too.
Chris is a designer, WAHM of one and pilot’s wife living in Colorado. She writes about her many misadventures as Standby Traveling Mom on TravelingMom.com as well as at MamaBirdsBlog.com. Follow her on Twitter.