Food is sacred: how farmers help the hungry - Episode 70

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What happens when the market for farm products disappears and there are hungry people in the community? In Utah it led to farmers delivering food to Navajo families, including lamb - a sacred food. Ron Gibson shares the heartwarming story the remarkable effort to inspire all Utah families to connect, succeed, and grow through the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation during COVID-19.

Ron Gibson is a sixth generation dairy farmer from Weber County, Utah. He is currently serving as the President of the Utah Farm Bureau, the largest farm & ranch organization in Utah. Its mission is to inspire ALL Utah families to connect, succeed and grow through the 'Miracle of Agriculture'.

Key points:

The agriculture industry was expecting 2020 to be a better year than the last few, but the pandemic changed everything.

  • The last few years have weighed down farmers emotionally and financially.
  • Farmers don’t control the prices. They, for example, build a business assuming milk will be priced at $18 per pound. When the price becomes $10 per pound - farmers lose several hundred-thousand dollars per month.
  • COVID hit food prices plummeted. Much of food is purchased for food service and restaurants.
  • Grocery store shelves were empty and farmers had no market for their harvest.
  • Sheep ranchers were hit particularly hard since most of their harvest goes to restaurants.

A community effort formed to help farmers and hungry people.

  • Donations to the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation are used to purchase food to deliver to hungry families.
  • The first project focused on easing the impact of hunger in the Navajo community.
  • Sheep is a sacred animal to the Navajo.
  • The beauty of the collaboration inspired more projects throughout the state.
  • Sacred money is supplying sacred food and creating a sacred community.

Three tips to understanding farmers, from a farmer.

  • Some of the coolest people in the world are farmers.
  • Farmers run their businesses without knowing what the price will be at harvest.
  • Farmers are independent and proud people who are the salt of the earth.

Links:

Miracle of Agriculture Foundation: https://www.miracleofag.org/

Farmers Feeding Utah Website: https://farmersfeedingutah.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ron.gibson.1840

Instagram: instagram.com/milkman_ron

Food Bullying book by Michele Payn: http://foodbullying.com

Embrace Your Heart with Eliz Greene: http://www.embraceyourheart.com/

Food Bullying Podcast’s Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/foodbullyingpodcast

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