Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Common Ground

Everyone makes a trip to the grocery store at least once a week.  But, as your making the food choices for your family, do you think about where that food comes from?  The Common Ground program was developed to give you some answers to those questions and put a face on American agriculture.  It is a grassroots program designed to connect farm wives and mothers with the people making the food choices for their families that are not connected to the farm.    The Spokeswomen are farmers who want to show how proud we are of the food that we produce!

Iowa is one of five states involved in the pilot program. The program is sponsored by corn and soybean farmers.  The launch for the Iowa Common Ground program was held Saturday, February 5, 2011 at West Lakes HyVee in West Des Moines, IA.  Spokeswomen, Suzanne Shirbroun, Sara Ross and myself were on hand to talk to consumers and answer questions about what we do and about the Common Ground program.  So, where do we go from here?  Each of us will be hosting grocery store events similar to the launch at HyVee in our own area of the state, doing speaking engagements, and continuing our blogs, twitter & facebook pages to get the message out.  You can get more information at http://www.findourcommonground.com/.

We think it is great that we live in country with so many wonderful food choices.  The United States has the safest most abundant and affordable food in the world.  Our message is to let consumers know that we put a lot of care into the food we grow.  We are putting the same food on our tables that we are producing to send to theirs.  Our animals are a part of our family and most times get fed before we do.  We are stewards of the land that we farm and want to preserve that resource for our children to enjoy as well.

Sara Ross, myself and Suzanne Shirbroun
  We have been featured in the following media following our launch: