“Even if you don’t have a personal connection to a farm or farmer, you don’t have to depend on advertisements and propaganda to learn how food is produced. You can reach out and learn for yourself — maybe even hands on. ” Diana Prichard, born and raised in Michigan, a hog farmer, ag writer, mom of two daughters, and a wife.
It’s Diana Prichard’s writing that connected me to her. We have never met in person. But I greatly respect her voice and work. It’s unique yet bold. She eloquently connects non-ag audiences to hot farm-to-fork issues like when she took on Chipotle in Lessons in Corporate Greed and Part Two: A World of Pure Imagination, Indeed. She is a small hog farmer that tells her own story but doesn’t just share about herself. She writes about other farmers, farming practices, issues that impact farms and travels internationally to share farm-to-fork insight globally.
In food and farming conversations, we have to cut through the clutter to build trusted relationships and connect the dots to how food is raised, to tell the stories of how farmers care for animals, the stories of multi-generational farms and ranches and the stories that your bacon, milk and eggs aren’t just from a grocery store. A shining example of how Diana is doing this is highlighted this week on her BabyCenter blog post titled, Talking to kids how meat gets to the table. It gives simple and useable tips for busy moms to talk to their kids about where their food comes from.
Diana is an advocate I am proud to know as a woman in agriculture. She is forging her own path with her writing, breaking down barriers and building a name for herself in a circle not just connected to farming but to mainstream media, who want to engage with and learn directly from farmers.
This month Diana kindly sent me four copies of her new children’s book, The Cow in Patrick O’Shanahan’s Kitchen, one for our children and three to giveaway to friends, that’s you. But before I giveaway anything, I need to know it and love it myself.
First I read the book in my kitchen, alone. Then Nathan, my husband, read it to our girls, Anika, age four and Elizabeth, almost age six. Our girls know where a lot of their food comes from and can differentiate dairy cows from beef cows. But this book mesmerized them. There’s a cow in the kitchen. Patrick even has to go to a maple tree to get syrup. The girls loved the realistic and humorous approach that Patrick and his father have on preparing and enjoying their breakfast. We read it again the next night and a few times since.
Any farmer or rancher will be proud of this children’s book.
Any mom or dad will want their children to have a copy.
Grandmas and grandpas will buy it for Christmas and birthday gifts.
Every library should have it on their shelves. I previously have managed the North Dakota Ag in the Classroom program and we purchased agriculture based books for teachers to have their classrooms. This is one I will be personally buying for some teacher friends, for our local school and will be suggesting to farm organizations to purchase for Ag in the Classroom programs.
To enter in this giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post with your favorite children’s book and why before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 29th, 2013.
For additional entries, pin a photo of Diana, of her pigs or her book cover to Pinterest, share on this post on Facebook or tweet it. A possible four entries total and let me know in your comment how many entires you have. We operate on the honesty is the best policy around here. I will announce THREE winners on Saturday morning.
Now, I am honored to feature the author behind this exciting new children’s book, Michigan’s Diana Prichard, a woman of agriculture.
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Stay connected with Diana through her blog, Facebook page, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Thank you to Diana for connecting a farm-to-fork story through this fabulous new children’s book! I am honored to giveaway three copies.
After you have entered the giveaway, be sure to check out the other women in ag featured so far this month with many more to come. I actually wish November had more days in it. Ok, I don’t. But I am going to continue this on because my email folder “Women In Ag” has many more women to feature with a list of women I haven’t even asked yet.
All Women in Ag features can be found here. While you are thawing your turkey on Wednesday, I have a turkey farmer’s wife to introduce you to. Be sure to subscribe in the right column of this blog to not miss any updates.