I am a New York City native, however I graduated from SUNY Cobleskill with a bachelor in Animal Sciences. Although college was not my first exposure to large animals, it was my first experience with true agriculture advocates. Dr. Shelley was my mentor in discovering what agriculture (both animal and crops) truly means; the care for the well being of livestock to ultimately help feed a local community.
Being from the city, I have found that rural and urban/sub-urban life have been so extremely detached from one another. The mission of this project is one of education. My ultimate goal is to shine light on the positive proponents of agriculture. Showing those from city areas how knowing where your food comes, and buying locally helps the economy, your health and the animals themselves by helping the livelihood of farmers. However, this is not exclusive to food animals. I’m also including farms that specialize in other animal wares such as fibers, animal products (such as honey), and crops as well. I hope that the additional positivity from this project encourages people to investigate other local sources of food.
Starting this project was influenced mostly by my mother, who in the past five years has begun to embrace where her food comes from, and the benefit of knowing that versus just buying “organic.” Her love of animals has grown with her, in knowing these animals were properly cared for, something that’s incredibly hard for some to hear let alone accept.
This is a project where I would love to hear feedback. I know this topic has conflicting thoughts and feelings, and in knowing that, I attempted to be as thorough as possible in providing information. This is all based on local, family owned farms. I’m not including “factory farms” in this. My personal definition of factory farming is a farm that cannot give personalized care to each and every animal due to the sheer size of the operation. Knowing this, I know of large dairy farms that still manage to ensure proper individualized care. If you have a question, or would like to discuss information, feel free to contact me.