(Good Things Utah) – Agricultural innovation is a big topic right now and it concerns food security, water management, and conservation throughout Utah. What role are farmers playing in all of this and what have they already done to advance the interests of our local food economy? The answer… everything.
Erin Sorensen and Rob Gibson share with us the mission of their foundation and some of the innovations in the agriculture industry that Utah has already implemented or should consider adopting in the near future.
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, fear and instability first entered the food chain for many American families. Many families in Utah have also struggled to access quality food. Farmers and herders found themselves without markets for their food, and families suffered.
In good times and in bad times, farmers in Utah have always been passionate about feeding people and meeting the needs of their communities. Local farmers and families have been particularly affected by this pandemic. As supply chains collapsed or closed, farmers found themselves unable to sell their produce grown in Utah. There was a huge problem that needed to be resolved.
What came out of the pandemic to meet these two different needs can certainly be described as a “miracle”.
Ron Gibson and Erin Sorensen of the Miracle of Agriculture Foundation at the Utah Farm Bureau explained that the Farmers Feeding Utah program has been successful in alleviating suffering, while supporting farmers and paving the way for reconnecting communities to the needs of local agriculture. While the pandemic-related supply chain issues that inspired the Foundation to connect Utah residents in need to safe, locally grown food have been somewhat mitigated, the fact remains: thousands of hungry Utahns still need help.
Rather than calling it a day, donors, farmers and volunteers remain dedicated to the fight against hunger with the long-term foundation. This program is a partnership between the Utah Farm Bureau and several statewide partnerships, including the Hunger Solutions Institute and the Cogburn Wire Company.
The Utah Farm Bureau’s mission is to inspire all Utah families to connect, succeed and grow through the “Miracle of Farming.” They ask you to help them work a miracle. They value their charitable partners and rely on them to connect Utah food to families in need.
Farmers Feeding Utah wants to help as many people in need as possible. If you are a Utah grower or know of one, tell them about Farmers Feeding Utah.
Volunteer and be a part of the miracle or donate below.
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