By Kriss Nelson
When it comes to developing a deeper understanding and compassion around topics of high importance such as children, family, the food we eat and relationships we build, one Iowa group is making great strides.
Through the CommonGround group, farm women from across Iowa are volunteering to have meaningful interactions with consumers.
“CommonGround works to make conversations about farming and food more relatable to consumers,” says Kennady Moffitt, producer services coordinator with the Iowa Soybean Association (ISA). ISA along with the Iowa Corn Growers Association help to lead the volunteer effort. The Iowa Food & Family Project collaborates with CommonGround on a variety of events and awareness initiatives.
CommonGround Iowa volunteers are just like you – consumers looking for safe and nutritious options to feed their families. CommonGround volunteers are having conversations about the food they grow and how it’s produced. The group welcomes Iowa’s consumers to join the conversation.
“Our industry professionals are mothers, daughters and grandparents, who also care about the food they feed their families. Finding common values helps foster understanding and build trust across the ag and non-ag communities,” Moffitt says.
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Making Connections Through Opportunities
Food is a staple ingredient in creating connections and conversation. As an opportunity to welcome curious consumers to the table, CommonGround Iowa is hosting a Charcuterie Workshop, taught by GrazeBox on Saturday, April 2 at 2 pm.
“The workshop is all about getting together around food and wine to build connections with women in the area,” says Moffitt. “The event is centered around an afternoon of conversations, commonalities and new friendships.”
The workshop will be held at Indian Creek Country Club in Nevada. Tickets are $25 and include the workshop and a drink ticket (a $65 value). Spots are limited, so sign up today: https://checkout.square.site/buy/V6RMRQKKIOAYXWBWCRVWTM6G
Below, learn more about some of the dedicated women volunteers with CommonGround.
Finding Common Ground
The opportunity to reconnect people back to their generational ag roots made joining CommonGround an easy decision for Amber Kohlhaas.