Illinois Farm Families has a program that aims to help moms
figure it all out by giving them a front-row seat to life on a
local farm. Each year a group of Chicago-area moms are chosen to be
"Field Moms" who visit farms where corn and soybeans are grown and
hogs and cattle are raised.
It shows them what goes into growing crops and caring for the
livestock, and the technology and business behind farming.
"We think the best way to answer moms' questions (about food) is
to give them first-hand experiences; to let them see farms, meet
the people who grow and raise their food and to have conversations
about what happens on today's farms," says Lori Laughlin, a
spokeswoman for the Illinois Farm Bureau, one of the five
organizations behind Illinois Farm Families.
To find out what these Field Moms learned, we emailed and
chatted with 11 current and former ones. Here's what they had to
say about how the program influenced their approach to feeding