One of our greatest concerns is that in general, people don’t know where their food comes from anymore.
People either know nothing at all, or have a romantic vision of a small hobby farm, like the ones we used to see in our children’s picture books.
We believe this general ignorance is behind much of the negative sentiment towards large-scale farming, both on land and in the ocean.
So we were delighted to learn through Feedstuffs Foodlink about Fair Oaks Farms, an “agricultural Disneyland” in Indiana.
Fair Oaks is a working farm, open to the public, which invites people to come spend a day and learn where their food comes from. Right now the farm is mainly a dairy farm, and people can come watch calves being born, cows being milked and cheese being made.
But the farm has now announced plans to add a working pig farm and education centre, showing people where their bacon comes from. And long-term plans call for working poultry and aquaculture farms on site.
We assume the aquaculture farm will raise bass or perch, which are farmed extensively in Indiana. The state is also one of the most significant producers of soy beans, an important ingredient in fish feed for all sorts of different species. So naturally, soy bean and fish farmers in Indiana are strongly connected.
It’s great to see this working farm doing so well. It apparently attracts about 500,000 visitors per year, including many student field trips.
Salmon farmers offer tours too, but because sites are in remote locations, it’s a lot harder to get people to visit. But they are open for visitors.
We encourage anyone with questions or criticisms to at least see a farm for themselves and learn where their food comes from before they presume to be knowledgeable enough to condemn large-scale farming, in the ocean or on land.
We should all know where our food comes from. And it’s not that hard to find out for ourselves.
In closing, here’s a video from Fair Oaks Farms where a group of girl scouts learn about where milk comes from. Education should be fun, and delicious!