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Photo: Two Girls and a Goat (2019)

By Anne Massie

Our photo was snapped on one of our FarmHop farm tours in September 2019. For the past three years, our food council has organized a series of farm tours of local, family farms in our region to allow the public a chance to see what small farms really look like and get to know the people who grow our food. Raising awareness in the general public about the needs of our farmers is a daunting task and requires excellent storytelling, consistent messaging but above all, an opportunity for consumers to emotionally and personally connect with producers. Through the FarmHop tours we’ve increased year-round local farmer sales and facilitated valuable business connections (including peer-to-peer mentoring between farmers!). On evaluations, 100% of FarmHop guests reported that they would attend again and that the experience has changed how they view and value food. The two little girls in this photo (Teagan on the left, Frankie on the right) just finished milking Red, an alpine goat, at The Pioneering Pig Homestead. Sandy was particularly fond of Frankie and leaned in to give her a goat kiss and we captured Frankie’s sweet little recoil and Teagan’s amusement. By downloading this image, you agree to use the photo within the context that it was taken. You also agree to never use it for commercial purposes. The image always belongs to the original photographer and should be attributed to the photographer and Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Photo Contest. Image credit: Anne Massie; CLF Food Policy Networks Photo Contest, 2019