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Iowa Blogger Meet Up

Last week I attended a Blogger Meet Up sponsored by CommonGround Iowa and the Iowa Food & Family Project.  I also met a lot of really great bloggers and people involved in these groups.  We started the day learning about about their programs at the Reiman Gardens on the ISU campus.  Working and living  in Farm Country Iowa, and being a 4-H leader to a group of 40+ young students, there were still things that I learned about Iowa’s farm food industry.

Photo Credit:  Janet Wilwerding of Iowa Corn; CommonGround, Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association

Thank you to Janet of Iowa Corn for taking this group photo!

Back Row: Amy; Val of Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids;  Sara of Social Sara Connections; Kirk; Cristen of Food & Swine; Larry of Musings of a Pig Farmer; Julie of Farm Life in Black & White; Mollie of Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life; and Stephanie of Iowa Farm Life

Front Row: Me! Angel of Positively Angel; Julie of Farm Eats, City Streets; Laura of Everyday Confetti; Sara of Sara’s House HD; and Kellie of Home Again Finnegan

 CommonGround is a movement of farm women across the nation sharing information to help you sort through food myths and feel confident when you feed your family.  Their website is a great resource for food facts.  One thing I learned is that in 1960, one U.S. farmer fed 26 people.  CommonGround says this year they’ll feed 155 people.  That is a lot of mouths to feed.

Iowa Food & Family Project has embarked on a journey with well known Iowa food blogger, Kristin Porter from Iowa Girl Eats, called Join My Journey.  Last year Kristin visited Iowa farms, this year she is going to restaurants, grocery stores, and other places we are familiar with to show you the ingredients we use are wholesome and safe.

We had a brief photography lesson thanks to Joe Murphy of Joseph L. Murphy Photography.

CommonGround, Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association

And it was such a treat to have time for a photography walk throughout the Reiman Gardens.

Reiman Gardens, CommonGround, Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association

Reiman Gardens, CommonGround, Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association

From there we had lunch at Hickory Park which is always good!  Then Julie, of Farm Eats, City Streets, and her husband Mark were generous enough to let us tour their farm where they grow seed corn and soybeans.

CommonGround, Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association

We also visited with Bill & Tim Couser of the Couser Cattle Co. who farm 5,000 acres of corn and soybean seed and finish 5,000-6,000 head of cattle each year.   Their family is a 2010 regional Environmental Stewardship Award winner.  I have often wondered about the large livestock operations and how they keep track of each calf, so I was surprised to hear that each day they walk the cattle and can tell from their behaviors if they aren’t feeling well or if something is up.

Couser Cattle Co., CommonGround, Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa Corn, Iowa Soybean Association

 I had a great time and learned a lot.  I wanted to give a big thank you to Lindsey of Iowa Food & Family and the Iowa Soybean Association for setting this up.  I can’t wait to get together with this great group again:)

This post has also been posted to Join my Journey here.

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  • May 12, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    Sara Broers - I enjoyed meeting you. What a great day we had. Thanks for sharing our day through this fantastic post.ReplyCancel

    • May 12, 2014 - 10:35 pm

      ajepsen@live.com - Yes, it was a great day! I enjoyed meeting you also and am still hoping plans change so I can learn more from you when you’re in Omaha in July :)ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    Val - Corn, Beans, Pigs and Kids - It was great meeting you at the Blogger Meet-Up! I’m glad I found your blog so I can keep us with what is happening in Western Iowa 😉ReplyCancel

    • May 12, 2014 - 10:33 pm

      ajepsen@live.com - It was great meeting you also, so nice to meet other Iowa Bloggers! Hope you weren’t hit hard by all of this rain like we were, I think it will keep everybody out of the field for most of the week.ReplyCancel

  • May 13, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Laura - Great pics! So fun meeting you!ReplyCancel

  • May 21, 2014 - 8:21 am

    Cristen - Great post and wonderful pictures! Awesome to meet you and hope our paths cross again soon!ReplyCancel

  • July 30, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Iowa Food & Family » Positively Angel - […] been guest posting at Iowa Food and Family since the Iowa Blogger Meet-Up that I went to back in […]ReplyCancel

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