Breakout Panel of ND Farmers Talk Food Choices: GMOs, Non-GMOs, Gluten-Free or Natural? Clarity in Your Food Choices
GMO’s? Non-GMO? Organic or Natural? Gluten-Free? All are terms you might hear in the news but farmers are making choices to grow food on their farms that impact their families and livelihoods. Each farmer brings a different perspective about the food they raise to the Women’s Health Conference panel and all are CommonGround North Dakota volunteers, an effort of farm women working together to bring clarity to discussions about food and farming.
90% of North Dakota’s land is in farms and ranchland and North Dakota leads the nation in the production of ten different crops on your grocery store shelves from honey to pinto beans to durum in pasta. Growing food for not just for us but a booming global population on North Dakota’s farm and ranchland are 30,000 North Dakota families.
You might not know a North Dakota farmer or have the chance often to ask them questions you think of in your daily life. On September 29, 2014 at the Women’s Health Conference in Bismarck, you will have the chance to hear from five North Dakota farmers and ranchers and ask them questions you have, from them on buzz words you see on a news headline and to food issues you have read about but never asked a farmer their insight.
Sarah Wilson lives on a family farm near Jamestown, North Dakota with her husband Jeremy and their three children where they raise corn, soybeans, edible beans and wheat. Sarah also home schools her children and frequently speaks on motherhood, faith and agriculture.
Annie Carlson operates a natural, grass-based farm. You will often see Annie selling her meats and baked goods at a local Bismarck farmers market or this fall at Papa’s Pumpkin Patch. A former high school science teacher, Annie farms with her husband and raises their three young children in central North Dakota.
Vanessa Kummer, her husband, Paul, and son and daughter-in-law, Blaine and Megan, raise soybeans, corn, wheat and sugar beets on their family farm near Colfax. Vanessa’s leadership led her to be a United Soybean Board (USB) director for nine years and most recently served as the USB chairperson.
Pamela Henningsen works full-time as a Multi-Media Specialist in Ellendale. Together she and her husband Harvey created their own 275 head beef operation on 1700 acres that they own & rent. The couple raises primarily cow/calf pairs which they background to 500 lbs and market. With the help of her three children, Pamela and Harvey now have their farm and ranch poised to support their family well into the future. The farm and ranch is positioned well if any of the children would want to join the operation in the future, an option which neither Pamela nor Harvey had available to them.
Michele Bartholomay farms and ranches with her husband along the Sheyenne River near Sheldon North Dakota. They are raising four children, plus dogs, cats, horses, goats, chickens, ducks and beef cattle. In addition, they also grow oats, wheat, alfalfa, hay, millet, corn, soybeans and a large garden.
Each CommonGround North Dakota farmer volunteer will be ready to listen and connect with you on your questions about North Dakota farming and ranching on September 29 in Bismarck. They will share from their personal experiences on the choices they make for their farms and ranches and families.