My Year as a Field Mom

Image from http://www.illinoisfarmfamilies.org/about-us/our-story
Image from http://www.illinoisfarmfamilies.org

With three kids ages 9, 11 and 14, life can seem like a bit of a time warp sometimes. My fellow moms come from so many different walks of life.  There are the ones who can whip up a hearty taco dinner for fifteen teenagers with a 30 minute notice.  There are the ones who always have a cooler full of fruit and granola in their car for the entire Cub Scout troop.  And there are the ones who balance babies on their hips and mix organic mac and cheese while waiting for the school bus.

But, in the midst of all this motherhood, we all wonder what to feed our masses.  Because, let’s face it, kids have to eat.  Food brings us together.  The family meal is one of those times when calm settles over us all and we can reconnect and rejuvenate.

So, when I started hearing words like organic, raw, hormone-free, cage free and non-GMO (to name a few) among my mom friends, I wondered if I was still doing what was best for my growing brood.  I’d been so wrapped up in soccer practice, homework and school book fairs that I hadn’t really thought much beyond a balanced diet AND my limited budget.  Soon I took note of these labels in the grocery store . . . and the higher prices attached to them.  I wondered, “Is it really worth it?” But, the more people I asked, the more confused I became.

That’s when I decided to become a Field Mom and visit Illinois farms, talk to farmers and learn about how food is processed.  After all, who else could answer my questions better than the people who grow it? Since joining the Field Moms, (henceforth known as ‘City Moms’) I’ve visited a corn and soybean farm, cattle farm, dairy farm and seen behind the scenes at the grocery store.  I’ve talked to seed company representatives, farm families, veterinarians, members of the growers association, and nutritionists.  And you know what? I finally know exactly what my family needs to eat and why.  I’ve had ALL my questions answered — and then some.  I’ve learned that other people’s choices are simply that:  other people’s choices.  There’s no one way to shop, and there’s no one way to eat.  Fortunately, our marketplace offers enough options for everyone.

If you are confused and looking for facts about food production and labeling, become a 2015 City Mom by completing an application at http://www.watchusgrow.org/ by November 15.  You will not regret this opportunity.   Visit the farms.  Talk to the farmers — then, tell your friends!

Dance academy of Libertyville
About Genevieve 56 Articles
Genevieve is mom to 3 future world leaders and wife to one really funny guy. A public health worker turned stay-at-home mom, she spends her days navigating life in a busy household. She loves mornings, exercise, God, America and chocolate. She hates scary movies, spiders, airplane rides and writing bios.

2 Comments

  1. If you ask commercial farmers, chemical and seed company employees and people who have been part of the current farming industry for many generations, they will most certainly promote their practices as healthy. The truth is that their industry has developed into a large conglomerate that controls the government safety standards through lobbyists. It produces a substandard chemical ridden product through non-sustainable farming practices. If you ask a local sustainable farmer about the food they produce while providing a living for themselves and others in your community, they will show you the way nature intended us to farm and eat. It might cost more now, but what a savings plan for future generations.

    • Thanks for your comment! Fortunately, local sustainable farmers are also part of the program, which makes this a great opportunity for moms concerned about food safety to hear both sides of the story before deciding which practices to support.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


*