Dec 7, 2017The Farm Babe speaks at Michigan Apple Grower Luncheon
Michelle Miller, known on social media outlets as “The Farm Babe”, spoke to Michigan Apple growers on Tuesday as keynote speaker at the 15th Annual Michigan Apple Grower’s Luncheon.
“Michelle is a great advocate for growers and farmers across the nation. She spoke to about 320 Michigan Apple growers on the topic of educating consumers about farming,” said Diane Smith, executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee. “She came to the luncheon with great facts, tips for using science and credible sources to educate, and encouragement for growers to teach consumers about their profession.”
Miller started her blog, “The Farm Babe,” after beginning work on her boyfriend’s farm in Iowa and learning about the care and responsibility required of that profession. She was frustrated by online personalities who were using scare tactics to sell products.
Miller believes that all farmers can act as spokespeople for the integrity of the agriculture industry, and warns that all consumers should educate themselves on common internet food myths and how they can determine their credibility.
“Double check the sources, make sure the studies mentioned online are peer-reviewed and the sources are credible,” she told the audience Wednesday .
Miller’s message to growers was to encourage them to be transparent about their farming practices, and for consumers to learn more about agriculture.
“Connect to the real experts. Consumers should talk to farmers and growers about production. They are the reputable voices that have dedicated their lives to agriculture and food production.”
The Farm Babe can be found at http://thefarmbabe.com, or on social media by searching for The Farm Babe.
The Michigan Apple Committee is a grower-funded nonprofit organization devoted to marketing, education and research activities to distinguish the Michigan apple and encourage its consumption in Michigan and around the world. For more information, visit www.michiganapples.com.