Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Day on the Farm with Illinois Field Moms

This past Saturday, I traveled with more than 20 Illinois Farm Families "Field Moms" from the big city to the small town of Mazon, llinois, where I had the chance to learn more about the lives of Illinois Farmers. In particular, corn and soybean farming, as Paul and Donna Jeschke welcomed us onto their beautiful home and farm. 
The Jeschke Farmhouse

As a city mom that encounters most of her food in the aisles of a grocery store, I have much to learn about how our food is planted and harvested. 

Here's what I learned while visiting the Jeschke farm:

  • Farming is hard work, and farmers are dedicated to their craft. It truly is a craft, and a job that permeates your entire life. There are stretches where farmers work almost nonstop. 
  • Farming is high tech. Donna's nephew, who works on the farm and holds a degree in engineering, showed us some of the farm trucks and machinery: everything works in tune with GPS and high tech systems that baffled me. High techonology aptitude is a must for today's farmers. 
  • The work that our Illinois farm families do has a worldwide impact. You know those shipping containers you see rolling on the train tracks near your home? They carry goods from China into the U.S., and carry Illinois-grown grains back to China. The Jeschke's have also hosted farmers from around the world, and in turn have visited farms in other countries, hoping to learn from one another and work together to improve farming for all. 
  • Farmers care about their product and do their best to make sure that it's healthy and nutritious. The Jeschke family has been farming in northwestern Illinois since the early 1900s. For generations, they have been committed to raising crops to provide not only for their own family, but also families near and far. "Farming is our lifestyle and our business. We work diligently to grow the crops that help put food on your family’s table," explains Donna.

Throughout the summer and into harvest time, I'll be following along with my very own acre of corn grown at the Jeschke Farm. Will it be knee high by July? Let's hope for a bumper crop!

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1 comment:

  1. I was amazed by all the technology the Jeschke's use! I'm looking forward to keeping an eye on our corn and soybean acres.

    It was so nice to meet you! The tractor wheel picture is so cute. :)

    ~Ginny (a.k.a. Christa)