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CommonGround Shares a Farm Perspective on Thanksgiving with Millions Nationwide

(Posted Wed. Nov 19th, 2014)

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While Americans are busy gobbling up 46 million turkeys on Thanksgiving Day, many don’t stop to think about where the food on their tables comes from. For the average American, Thanksgiving probably includes traveling, relaxing, indulging, football watching and spending time with family. However for farm families, the day probably starts and ends with chores, with a little bit of turkey in between.   The ingredients we use in our meals come from family farmers throughout the nation. These dedicated farm families make our safe, nutritious, not to mention, delicious Thanksgiving meals, and every other meal throughout the year possible.  In the United States 93 percent of the 2.1 million farms are family owned and operated.  And while only one percent of Americans claim farming as their occupation, U.S. farming supports more than 24 million jobs. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to hear from the farmers who make this meal possible. Even though grain...

(Posted Wed. May 21st, 2014)

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This month, CommonGround Colorado launched a series of farm tours for dieticians, nutritionists, mommy bloggers and media. The first tour, on May 17, visited CommonGround volunteer Mary Kraft’s Quail Ridge and Badger Creek dairy farms. Over the afternoon, attendees saw Kraft’s kitchen, where she mixes feed for her herd of 5,500 cows, as well as the milking and nursery facilities.   During the tour, Kraft addressed questions from the group using analogies to off farm life to which they could easily relate. Explaining the technology used to monitor each cow, thus ensuring it receives the highest quality care, Kraft asked them to think of it as a necklace that works like popular fitness bands than record health and activity information.    Attendees asked a variety of insightful questions about dairy farming and common production practices. Already highly informed on human dietary and health issues, they examined the diets of dairy cows, operation size and the challenges facing...

(Posted Mon. Jan 13th, 2014)

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Jan. 13: Popular morning show The Balancing Act, airing on Lifetime TV, once again welcomes CommonGround, the grassroots organization designed to get women talking about farming, to the show at 6 a.m. CST Tuesday, Jan. 14. Make sure to tune in as CommonGround Nebraska volunteer Dawn Caldwell explains why consumers can feel confident about how their food is grown and raised.   This is the final segment in a four-part series where The Balancing Act features conversations with volunteers from CommonGround, an effort designed to get women talking about farming and food. CommonGround provides a way for moms looking for answers about food to connect with moms who grow and raise it and get real, credible information.    “Lately, there has been a significant amount of media attention paid to the practices ranchers like myself use in caring for our livestock. Through this show, I hope to provide a window into the true story of animal agriculture and open an ongoing conversation with...

(Posted Tue. Dec 24th, 2013)

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Dec. 24: Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround Iowa volunteer Sara Ross to its morning program The Balancing Act this Thursday to further an ongoing conversation between the American moms on and off of the farm. Ross will answer questions and address concerns about food safety and the benefits of GMOs while clearing up myths surrounding organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods.   This is the third of a four-segment mini-series in which The Balancing Act features conversations with volunteers from CommonGround, an effort designed to get women talking about farming and food. CommonGround provides a way for moms looking for answers about food to connect with moms who grow and raise it and get real, credible information.    “I want mothers to know that I feed my family the same foods that they do. The Balancing Act provides a great forum to connect with moms across the country and let them know that farmers just like me want to share the story behind how American food is...

(Posted Wed. Dec 18th, 2013)

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Dec. 18: Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround Iowa volunteer Sara Ross to its morning program The Balancing Act tomorrow to further an ongoing conversation between the American moms on and off of the farm. Ross will answer questions and address concerns about food safety and the benefits of GMOs while clearing up myths surrounding organically grown foods and conventionally grown foods.   This is the third of a four-segment mini-series in which The Balancing Act features conversations with volunteers from CommonGround, an effort designed to get women talking about farming and food. CommonGround provides a way for moms looking for answers about food to connect with moms who grow and raise it and get real, credible information.    “I want mothers to know that I feed my family the same foods that they do. The Balancing Act provides a great forum to connect with moms across the country and let them know that farmers just like me want to share the story behind how American food is grown...

(Posted Thu. Nov 21st, 2013)

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Nov. 21: Popular morning show The Balancing Act airing on Lifetime TV welcomes CommonGround, a grassroots organization designed to get women talking about farming, to the show at 6 a.m. CST Monday, Nov. 25. Make sure to tune in as CommonGround Kentucky volunteer Mary Courtney explains why consumers do not have to spend more to get the best food for their families.   This is the first of a four-segment mini-series where The Balancing Act will feature conversations with volunteers from CommonGround, an effort designed to get women talking about farming and food. CommonGround provides a way for moms looking for answers about food to connect with moms who grow and raise it and get real, credible information.    “The Balancing Act provides a great forum to connect with moms across the country and let them know that farmers just like me want to share the story behind how American food is grown and raised,” said Courtney.   Meet Courtney and find out more about this segment by

(Posted Wed. May 22nd, 2013)

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May 22: Last week, CommonGround took conversations about food and farming to New England, hosting a dinner for influential members of Boston’s media and food communities. CommonGround volunteer Joan Ruskamp from Nebraska, Christine Lindner from Wisconsin and Rachel Heimerl from Ohio shared dinner with chefs and mama bloggers at Anthem Kitchen + Bar in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. During the event, the farm women provided unique insight about what happens on farms across America’s Heartland for the East Coast food elites. “I found that, more than anything, people who do not see farming around them have questions about how the food on their plates was grown or raised,” said Ruskamp. “This curiosity is completely understandable. We all just want to feel good about how we care for ourselves and our families. By sharing our experiences as farmers, I feel like we helped alleviate some of their food fears and opened an ongoing dialogue that will spread the word that America’s...

(Posted Wed. Mar 20th, 2013)

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Mar. 20: CommonGround Nebraska volunteer Hilary Maricle helped Governor Dave Heineman kick off his state’s National Ag Week festivities during a press conference held in Lincoln. Speaking on behalf of her fellow farmers and ranchers, Maricle stressed the pride farmers take in their work and their willingness to have a real conversation with consumers about their food. “As a farmer, I take pride in the fact that I grow and raise food for my own family and for families across the country,” said Maricle. “As a CommonGround volunteer, I am excited to help consumers understand how I farm and why I strive to care for the land and our animals.” Speaking after the conference, Maricle noted the importance of farmer activism. “We must do a better job of answering questions and opening our farm gates because this is what allows us to build relationships for the future,” she explained. “Common Ground has helped me to develop our farm story to be shared in a way that is understood by those...