Today was just another Monday; moved the sheep to pasture, Karla caught a missing laying hen in the shed, and then I got to meet Miss America. Wait…what did he just write? Miss America?! Yes it’s true, Miss America came to the neighboring towns of Hampton, Northfield, and Dundas to tour the local establishments, farms, and schools. She started off her day at Little Oscar’s in Hampton for breakfast, then made her way to Northfield to see Far-Gaze Farms and one of their pea fields, from there it was off to Wolf Creek Dairy in Dundas for lunch with many MN Farm Bureau members, 4-H’ers and other leaders in the ag industry, and lastly she was going to Northfield’s Sibley School to talk with the students about food.
I got to hear her speak at the dairy farm where she told us more about her farming background, how she got started with Miss America, and even got to hear her sing! She is from the state of Georgia and was raised on a farm where they grew peaches, pecans, and other crops. Betty isn’t your average girl, she grew up as a bit of a “tom girl”, shooting guns and hunting with her dad.
This young lady is a great asset to us in the agricultural and food industry, she’s out there teaching kids about food and farming. What a powerful influence to have, Miss America, challenging youth and adults to engage in agriculture. We are not only lucky to have her on our side, but that she is able to be knowledgeable on many different topics and has some good people in the American Farm Bureau helping her a long the way. Her platform as Miss America is to have “Healthy Children, Strong America” What’s a better way to build a strong America through good quality foods raised by American farmers?
You could see by the fifty or so people in the Liebenstein’s shop at Wolf Creek Dairy that everyone was engaged in her message and enjoyed hearing her message to the crowd. Thank you Betty for coming to our little towns in Minnesota and helping us strive to better feed America. If you get a chance google her and watch some of her videos.