GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) — Farmers in Gibson County gave their neighbors fresh, locally sourced meat and education, all while helping to feed children in their community during the “Farm to Family Harvest Dinner.”
After a national spotlight was cast on the dairy industry, local farmers decided to turn the attention into something good.
“We’re going to connect farmers to families. We’ve offered a free meal to all the local community people,” said Dairy Farmer Brian Rexing.
The locally sourced “Farm to Family Harvest Dinner” gave farmers the chance to show locals an inside look.
“There were some videos put out and some things happened and it caught a lot of news, but we want to show what actually are farmers and who they really are and what they actually do. We just want to connect with consumers and tell them they’re important to us and show them what we do and not have to defend what we do all the time so I just wanted to get on a different side of the table,” said Rexing.
The event was free but donations were collected to help children unable to pay for their lunches in the Gibson County School System.
“My connection with Gibson County goes back many years,” said Senator Mike Braun (R).
Indiana Senator Mike Braun also came to the event to speak on the importance of buying locally sourced goods.
“In any smaller town, which is the heart beat of this country, it’s not D.C. You’ve got to make sure you’re showing why it’s so important to keep main street America in healthy shape,” said Braun. The senator owned a farm of his own for 32 years.
“When you do this it’s meaningful and it works. You don’t have bureaucrats involved and it shows the lifeblood of any community,” said Braun.
Those who came to the event also got the chance to take a ride on the “Rock the Bike” where they blended a smoothie and got some exercise all at the same time. The bike is used in school systems in the area to educate kids about the difference between calories in and calories out.
(This story was originally published on September 28, 2019)