As a society there has been a definite loss of connecting with the very things that sustain us. That disconnect is part of what has created the present food system. A mistrust in quality, quantity and labeling. We should be able to open that carton of milk or eggs and feel a sense of security, a knowledge that what we are about to put into our stomachs will fuel and nourish us with no repercussions. No worry that our children will get ill, let alone give them the appropriate building blocks for a healthy body. It seems that we have to hold a degree in how to read and interpret labels. A perfect example would be to stand in front of the egg section of your local grocery store. Last time I looked there were umpteen varieties of eggs to purchase.Makes a person crazy! I don't know about you but I would rather spend my time eating than deciding what I should be eating! Our visitors were making the connections with the animals and during that time they could develop a relationship with us.That liason will help to build a trust between the farmer, be it honey, maple syrup, lamb, fish......you name it. That trust is important and to us as farmers, promising. It means that people want good, clean, unadulterated food.
One of the benefits of opening up your farm is that we take a good look at our livelihood through the eyes of the customer and add a healthy dose of our agricultural knowledge. From this we prepared our event and could comfortably walk them through our operation. Visitors to the farm keeps us on our toes. Like any job people can become relaxed in their work and it sometimes takes an outside source to see things and question them.
We have great respect for all animals that we raise. We build relationships with them and have a high regard for what they offer us. How can we expect our children to understand that connection and how important it is to have healthy food unless we allow them to touch, smell, respect and appreciate a life that could at some point nourish them?