I grew up on my grandparent’s farm in Wisconsin until I was nine years old. Our farm was huge, and we actually had multiple farms around the area. My grandpa pretty much ran the entire thing and he is still the most hardworking man I have ever known. I grew up naturally with the whole milk from our cows, eggs from our chickens, corn from our fields, and the freshest, most high quality beef from our cattle. We even had sheep and pigs. We had a GIANT garden that the whole family tended together. Even with all of the whole foods we grew and raised, we still made regular trips to the grocery store. We bought the foods that we could not grow in our area, many fruits, and breads/cereals.

I think that our farm was pretty diverse overall. We grew two different types of corn. One variety was grown to be ground up into feed and stored in the silos for the cows to eat year round. The other variety was for human consumption. It is still the best corn I have ever eaten. The kernels are large, ripe, golden, and juicy, and you can taste the freshness with every bite. Our cattle was also diverse. We had the holstein cows for their milk and a variety of other breeds for beef and byproducts.

In conclusion, although we did not grow 29 different types of corn, or tons of varieties of beans, I think our farm was quite diverse. Not to mention, completely natural and healthy. I did not grow up with hormones in my milk or any processed foods. It was, in my opinion, the healthiest way a kid can grow up.



8 responses »

  1. Sounds like a nice upbringing. It sounds as if your garden had a nice variety and kept everything in balance.


  2. chris says:

    My friend has a farm, sounds similar. They grow crops and allow the neighbors cows to ” mow the yard” They also hunt deer in the appropriate time frame. Allowing the neighbors cow’s to roam the fields at the end of each year the neighbors give a cow to them in Lou of payment for the grass the cows ate. When I visited, I could taste the difference between home grown foods and store bought/ processed.
    chris s

  3. I can totally relate to that! In africa we do have a farm, were all our fruit and vegetables grow, and then we have food pickers who go and sell/or bring it to the local people, door to door! totally the best place where you can grow up! i feel really fortunate!

    Chitra 😀

  4. Grace Betts says:

    As someone who was raised on the All-American diet of fast food and diner meals, I’m quite jealous of your farm experience! It must have been fantastic to grow up in a place like that, barely consuming processed foods. It is truly a shame that more people don’t have such an opportunity to be able to grow their own foods and even the sense of community that brings with it. This class has definitely effected me in really wanting to become more sustainable with my everyday actions, especially my eating.

  5. James Simmons says:

    I am a bit envious that you were able to experience home grown and local food. Growing up my grandparents had a small garden so the only real home grown foods I had were the products of that garden. After I graduate I plan on eating a lot of local and organic foods and possibly having a small garden if possible like my grandparents.

  6. Maggie says:

    Thanks for all of the feedback, guys! Don’t get me wrong, I did definitely did eat my share of fast food. But this was because Ronald McDonald was cool, and I liked to sit on his lap at the restaurant. The food was different than home cooking and happy meals were fun! My mom did not mind bringing me to eat fast food, but it was a pretty rare occurrence and we only got it when we went out for the day and weren’t home to cook.

  7. Ciera Fedock says:

    The problem is that access to such rich diversity and healthy subsistence foods is scarce in many areas of the United States. Leaving the average joe to fend for themselves at the supermarket where they are overwhelmed by jargon and even mislabeling of foods

  8. It would be cool if all kids could have a time in their lives where they can get to know the difference between the way that people can raise their own food, and the way that industry raises food. I don’t know I think its important to see the contrast to help change happen.

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