I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul Movement Welcomes New Young Advocates
Nipomo, Calif. – I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul, the grassroots agricultural advocacy movement started by a group of college students in California, has spread to Arkansas.
Six college students in Fayetteville have established a new “catalyst group” to encourage conversations with their peers about American agriculture.
The I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul organization works with catalyst groups to organize and disseminate information on school campuses about the value family farmers and ranchers.
The college students who will lead the movement in Arkansas include, Katie McGehee of Ozark, Arkansas, Emily Kathryn Lhamon of Lima, Ohio, Ashton Williams of Broomfield, Colorado, Kelly Brophey of Bentonville, Arkansas, Nikolas “Nik” Birchfield of Prairie Grove Arkansas and Wesley Smith of Gepp, Arkansas.
New catalyst volunteer Kelly Brophey said, “I don't come from a farming background, so growing up I wasn't aware of the effort put into our food source by farmer's worldwide! Actually, I didn't really know much about where my food came from until college! Simply put, I LOVE FARMERS and if I could hug and thank every farmer in the world, I'd definitely take the time to try!”
The new volunteer catalyst group will be engaged in social media messaging, blogging at www.ilovefarmers.org and on-campus activism throughout Arkansas and the south. They will engage their urban peers with conversations about how their food is produced and about the value of American family farmers and ranchers to our society.
Other catalyst groups are being formed in Texas, Kansas, Oklahoma and in Fresno, California.
The mission of I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul is to be a leading non-profit (501(c)(3)), youthful and progressive advocacy group supporting American family farmers and ranchers.
I Love Farmers…They Feed My Soul young people celebrate the bounty of choices we have in the marketplace for our food, fiber, flora and fauna because of American family farmers and ranchers. The group values personal food choices based on science, education and awareness that allow Americans food independence.
Industry support is critical to the sustained success of this innovative and enthusiastic group. For more information on how you or your organization can help, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
From left to right: Wesley Smith, Ashton Williams , Kelly Brophey, Nik Birchfield, Katie McGehee and Emily Lhamon.