A panel discussion with farmers representing a variety of commodities can also be very impactful. Whatever the approach, it is important to encourage questions from the audience.
Point-of-purchase education is a great way to meet and talk to consumers. Whether it is in the dairy department, the meat case or in the produce section, consumers have questions about the food choices available. So why not ask your local grocery store or supermarket if you can spend time in the store interacting with consumers and answering their questions? Grab the shopper’s attention with a display, food sample or by wearing a name tag that says “Ask me, I’m a farmer.”
Welcome conversations wherever you are
Whether you are at the gas station, in the dentist’s chair or at the post office welcome conversations and always be ready to answer questions about farming. To build consumer trust in the food system, it is important for farmers to stay informed, actively listen, invite and embrace dialogue.
Michigan State University Extension agriculture literacy educators are available to assist you in your community outreach efforts. Contact me at (989)354-9875 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Nancy Thelen at (734)222-3825 or email@example.com.