My tour was guided by communications director Jed Stockton, who shared with me the vision for the future Fair Oaks Farms.
“Fair Oaks is branching out into different areas. This is not just going to be a dairy anymore. This is going to be a one-stop agriculture experience,” said Stockton.
New features will include a restaurant, a sporting arena and a resort with a water park. More farm segments will be added, including a caged laying-hen operation and a fish farm.
click image to zoomWyatt BechtelThe Dairy Adventure puts the cows on center stage as they give birth to the newest addition to Fair Oaks Farms. “Any aspect of agriculture you could possibly think of we’re going to have it here so you can come and see how 21st century agriculture practices are done,” explained Stockton.
Some of those innovative practices include using group sow housing and digesters to create electricity for the farms via the pig and cow excrement. The methane in the manure is also used to run 42 milk trucks that deliver milk as far away as Florida. This is saving the farm from using the equivalent of 2 million gallons of gasoline per year.
It was great to see so many families out during my tour and many of them had likely never been to a farm. Another interesting group that I saw was a group of retired people and within that group were several farmers who were in awe of all the advancements that have been made in agriculture.
If former farmers are amazed by this operation, I can only imagine what kind of impact this experience will have for little kids and even their parents. I’m sure it’s the kind of impact that will keep those families reassured the agricultural products they buy are in safe hands.
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