Farm tours on your desktop
With fewer and fewer farmers, most consumers have little opportunity to experience life on the farm nor do many know how food is produced. Two websites are aiming to help with that, letting consumers see into barns for themselves much like real estate agents offer potential buyers online house tours.
The Ohio pork producers have just launched a website of videos, fact sheets and interviews with farmers to help consumers in that state get a better understanding of pork production – and dispel some myths in the process.
Closer to home, the Ontario Farm Animal Council (OFAC) has built its own popular virtual farm tour library where consumers can learn about farm animals, where they live, what they eat and the people who care for them. OFAC’s tour offerings include beef, dairy, hog, goat, turkey, egg, chicken, veal, deer/elk, and ratites (emu, ostrich).
Much is being said these days about local food and the importance of food and where it comes from, both from the perspective of reducing our impact on the environment and due to rising food costs that are heightening public interest in and awareness of food production. These farm tours are a great way for urbanites to re-connect with agriculture or, in some cases, take the first few steps into learning about the roots of Canada’s food production system, the farm.