Nutrition students at Eastern Illinois University, Illinois State University, Bradley University and Fontbonne University will swap the lecture hall for a milking parlor as attendees of the 2015 Fall Farm Tour Wednesday. The theme for the tour is “Connecting Farm to Food”. The educational tour, sponsored by St. Louis District Dairy Council, will show students a day-in-the-life of a dairy farmer with a visit to the Doll Dairy Farm in Greenville.
The tour is part of the non-profit organization’s efforts to arm future health and nutrition professionals with accurate information on how food travels from the farm to the table. “There’s tremendous consumer interest in how local foods are grown. Most people don’t realize that milk is one of the original local foods. It takes on average, just 48 hours for milk to get from the cow to the grocery store shelves. We want to ensure that our future professionals see first-hand how dairy farmers make that happen,” notes Joyce Fikri, nutrition educator with St. Louis District Dairy Council.
Producer Frank Doll will lead the students through the tour, including an up-close look at his Holstein herd, barn, feeding areas, milking parlor, and milk tank room. In addition, students will have the opportunity to ask questions, as well as speak with a field advisor/representative from a local milk processor.
Students will also visit Marcoot Jersey Creamery in Greenville for a guided look at their milking parlor, calf barn, and creamery.