I’m Sarah, and I am a fifth-generation North Dakotan.

My perspective about our food supply, its production, and safety

 

completely changed when I started talking to farmers.

 

I’d like to help you feel the same way.

I was born and raised in Fargo, where I live today with my husband, Tony, and teenage son, Giovanni.

Coming from such an agricultural state, you might assume that I grew up on a farm, had relatives who farmed, or at least some relationship to rural life. But, up until just six years ago, my only “farm” experience was a visit to a friend’s home in rural North Dakota when I was just a little girl. The only thing I remember from that experience was that my parents allowed me to bring home a new kitty.

In other words, I am not a farmer, nor were my North Dakota ancestors. In fact, I grew up like a lot of folks from Fargo – oblivious to the acres of farmland located just outside the city limits and across the state, and their relationship to the food on my plate.

The world of food can be fun, fascinating and, at times, a little frightening.

As a wife, mom, food writer and recipe developer, I think about food every day, whether I’m working on new recipes, styling food for a photo shoot, writing an article or just preparing meals for my family. I am passionate about food and love sharing that passion with others.

Over the past decade, I’ve found myself sifting through the barrage of social media posts and news articles about our nation’s food supply, and really thinking about the food we eat.

Where does it come from? Who produces it? How is it produced? Is it safe and nutritious for my family? Is it safe for the environment?

Six years ago, I began to seek answers to my questions by intentionally engaging with people inside the world of agriculture – farmers, ranchers and the folks working in industries that support our state’s agriculture.
At first, I was nervous. I knew next to nothing about agriculture, could hardly identify a crop other than wheat and sunflowers, and was afraid of looking stupid by asking a dumb question. Honestly, I have yet to meet a farmer, rancher or ag professional who wasn’t more than happy to answer my questions, even the really (really) dumb ones.

So…what am I doing here, writing for CommonGround North Dakota?

I am so excited to have this opportunity to help build relationships and conversations between the people within agriculture – our farmers and ranchers – and the ordinary consumer, a.k.a., the rest of us.

Each week I’ll be sharing stories with you inspired by North Dakota agriculture, as well as a recipe from my collection.

I hope you’ll join me on this journey. I have a lot of questions, and I bet you do, too. I’d love to have you share them with me, and if you do, I promise I will find your answer. I want to help remove any fear you may have about food and its production. And remember, there are no dumb questions!

Coming this October: Food, Fear and Facts – Halloween is spooky, but what we eat shouldn’t be.

 

 

 

 

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