Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Farm Crawl

It's been a long time since I blogged, so here goes:

We did the Farm Crawl on Sunday, a fun tour of six wonderful family farms just south of Des Moines
. It was a fabulous day, and hundreds of visitors toured between the various farms. Each farm is unique, there's a goat dairy, a pumpkin patch, an orchard, honey and preserves, produce and livestock, all chemical-free and natural.

A steel Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton sculpture at Pierce's Pumpkin Patch.

Marianne being chased by the dinosaur :)

Just some of the amazing variety of gourds and squash at Pierce's Pumpkin Patch.

Maggie meets some of the goats at Reichert's Dairy. These are LaMancha goats - they naturally have very tiny ears.

It's really refreshing, in a land filled with GM corn and beans, hog confinements, factory chickens and feedlots, that there are people that really care about the environment, food quality, sustainable farming, and the general health of our planet, and are actually DOING something about it. Congratulations to Blue Gate Farm, Reichert's Dairy Air, Dan-D Farm, Pierce's Pumpkin Patch, Coyote Run Farm and Schneider Orchard! Keep up the good work!

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