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Life is too short to eat bad food! Sharing great recipes, farm life, stories and photography from our Northern California dairy farm.

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September 7, 2010

Who's Your Farmer?

Do you know your farmer? Do you know your dairy farmer? Farmers feed our nation and the world but every farmer is local to somewhere. It’s important to know where your food comes from and how it gets from the farm to your dinner table.

Why is it important you might ask? It’s important to know how your food is being produced. To know that the American farmer produces the safest food in the world.

This is one of the reasons I feel so passionate about this little blog that I write. I want you to know that we, as dairy farmers {Dominic is a 4th generation Dairyman}, care. We care for our cows. We respect our cows. Farming is in our blood. We respect and sustain the land that we farm on. For our family. For you. For the future generations that will hopefully be able to continue this important legacy of farming.

Dominic moving a newborn calf to the calf barn "nursery".

If it weren’t for farming, my dad may not have decided to come to America from the tiny Azores island of Sao Jorge where he was born and raised. He came to this country 54 years ago and after a short two month stint at a sheep farm, he found work as a Milker at the Peters Dairy in Sebastopol , CA. A farmer gave him his first American job. I know he was grateful back then and I am grateful because come to think of it, I could have grown up into a little Portuguese mama living on that tiny island 900 miles away from the mainland instead of the California girl I am. Phew! {not that there’s anything wrong with being a little Portuguese mama}

Farming is important. For the farmer, for the farm worker, for the world. We love what we do and we love that we help feed the world.

If you're from California {or even if you're not}, you might want to check out this website "Know A California Farmer".  This is a new interactive website that launched September 1st which contains blogs, pictures, and videos posted by farmers and ranchers about themselves and what they do - from wine growers to dairy farmers.  My friend, Katie, from North Dakota had a hand in putting it together and I think it will be a great asset to CA residents.

Happy Tuesday!

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