CommonGround North Dakota hosted the fifth annual Banquet in a Field Tuesday evening at Peterson Farms Seed. The event features a multi-course meal prepared with 12 North Dakota crops for about 120 guests at tables in the middle of a farm field. Coordinator Val Wagner says it’s a chance to submerge people in agriculture. “At the end of the day, just knowing we’ve made some of those connections and maybe the next time somebody goes into the grocery store they’ll feel confident in the decisions that they’re making. They’ll know their food is not only safe, but it’s grown right here. That’s what makes it all worthwhile.” Buffalo, North Dakota farmer Randy Melvin says consumers are two-to-three generations removed from the farm, even in North Dakota. “As producers, we need to be engaged in these dialogues with the consumers because if we aren’t there to tell our story, somebody who doesn’t understand agriculture will tell it for us.”
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