I love when people come to visit our farm!! It is so easy to get focused on all the day to day things it takes to run a successful organic dairy. Healthy calves, clean barns, accurate and up to date paperwork, and on…… It is very easy to lose sight of the fact that so many people are 2-3 generations removed from agriculture. Many people have never seen a “live” cow. For me, I can not imagine that. But I must remember that it is not necessary to be acquainted with your local farmer in order to eat. Everything you need to provide good nutritious food for your family is in the grocery store, farmer’s market, or big box store.
I love to show people what we do everyday. If they get a 1st hand experience of where their organic milk comes from, chances are they will make the decision to buy milk, cheese, or butter on their next trip to the grocery store. As the dairy industry struggles to find ways to increase dairy consumption, I believe opening our farms to the public can be part of the solution. It is scary because you always worry you may end up on YouTube or whatever website is featuring the negative aspects of dairy farming. We have a great story to tell!! Do not be afraid!! Open your farm to the public and help get people connected to agriculture again. Let me know if you ever are interested in a tour!!