CommonGround volunteers Kristin Reese and LaVell Winsor, also a blogger for Farm Futures, this week participated in a series of interviews to answer agricultural questions about organic foods and biotechnology.
"It is natural for people who aren't involved in the raising or growing of their food to have questions about how that is done," said Reese, who farms in Ohio. "What I want to do, along with my fellow volunteers, is start a conversation with people who have these types of questions so that we can share and learn from one another. No one should have to fear their food, but if someone has concerns, we are there to share our experience as farmers."
Reese and Winsor took part in 25 interviews, both live and taped, which will reach 21 specific media markets and blog readers and radio listeners nationally. They are both involved in CommonGround, a movement to provide consumers with real answers about their food.
Winsor, who farms in Kansas, noted that "with most Americans now two or three generations removed from farming, it makes sense that so many people are looking to find out more about the foods they eat and who grows them. For example, a lot of the people that I have met through CommonGround have been genuinely surprised to learn that about 96% of American farms are family farms.
"I have found that people are excited to find out that families, much like their own, grow their food. Through honest, open dialogue with farmers, people might be surprised to find what an incredible story their food has to tell and how it just keeps getting better," Winsor noted.