Raising a Farmer

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Morrison County Milk Project~Final Week 6, 2/25/19

on March 8, 2019

We finished the Morrison County Milk Project on Monday February 25th at the Upsala boys basketball home game as they played Swanville. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to close out the project.  I didn’t know who to cheer for, Upsala’s head coach is a dairy farmer and Swanville is my childhood home school. This game was previously cancelled due to a snow storm. Someone asked what was the biggest challenge for the project, hands down it was the weather .

IMG_3618Joey Fuchs, Upsala Boys Head Coach and Dairy Farmer 

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The final Dairy Basket Winner for the Morrison County Milk Project, thank you to all who purchased a chance over the last 6 weeks! 

Over the course of 6 weeks the Morrison County Milk Project brought milk to over 700 students through out Morrison County in Swanville, Upsala, Pierz, Little Falls and Royalton. Along with bringing milk we were able to raise a total of $1,549 in these communities by selling $1 a chance dairy baskets. Teams were able to decide where they would like the funds to go. They went to a student needing a surgery, a family who lost their home in a house fire, FFA, basketball booster clubs and a student who spent time in the hospital. These small acts of kindness was the fuel for the Morrison County Milk Project, Small things matter.

I have always thought and believed “small things matter”. I try my hardest to teach my kids this because small things matter the most to me. I wear a bracelet to remind me this. IMG_3662

When I started the project I had no idea what legs it was going to grow. I started it because I needed to do something. I needed to take control of a situation I have no control over. I can’t change the price dairy farmers are being paid for milk but I can make milk fun. I needed to spread something good into a hurting industry. I needed to do something. I had no idea what the project was going to mean to people or even what it was going to mean to me. I just needed to do something.

The project had three steps:

1.Get milk in the hands of kids.

We brought whole white and 2% Chocolate milk after practice. The main focus was to enhance the practice not to disrupt it. I coordinated with schools when would be a good time to distribute milk. The planning and logistics took the longest, thank goodness for emails. The distributing of milk takes only about 10 minutes.

  1. What the impact of agriculture has on our communities

When myself and my children show up saying we are dairy farmers this gives a face in our community. It shows the importance of agriculture in our rural communities. To add to the project we brought a dairy basket to home games of both boys and girls games. Each team could decide where they would like the funds to go from the dairy basket chances. By doing this is, it showed students the positive impact they can have on their choices. It shows our youth in our community small things do matter.

  1. Good food choices

Food is good. Plan and simple. When kids took milk out of the cooler, they themselves were making a good food choice for themselves. They could take as much or as little as they wanted. Our culture is beginning to create confusion around food. Knowing what is good food can get confusing with all the fad diets and ready made meals.

 

If you have any questions about the project contact me and I will help you the best I can. brenda@raisingafarmer.com

 

A BIG thank you to our sponsors KempsCobornsCentral Minnesota Credit Union, Dairy Farmers of AmericaAMPIBongards CheeseFirst District Association   and the many people who helped along the way.

Thank you to the schools of Morrison County who welcomed us with open arms!

Thank you to the coaches, athletic directors and staff for coordinating with me and making this project possible!

Small things matter.

IMG_3553Coborn’s Store Little Falls Director Kyle Wensmann

IMG_3498Coborn’s Little Falls Dairy Case Manager Jerome Valentine 

IMG_3620Central Minnesota Credit Union Ag Lender Elisha Graves

KempsCobornsCentral Minnesota Credit Union, Dairy Farmers of AmericaAMPIBongards CheeseFirst District Association  

“It’s our job to create the community we want our kids to come home to. It’s our job to create the community we want our kids to live in.” ~Brenda RudolphIMG_3633

Here are the articles from the St. Cloud Times, Morrison County Record and Dairy Star

https://www.sctimes.com/story/news/2019/02/22/minnesota-dairy-farmers-cows-milk-prices-community/2931835002/

https://www.hometownsource.com/morrison_county_record/milk-project-starts-because-small-things-matter/article_44fbfc92-3713-11e9-bf1f-4bb4102e7707.html

https://dairystar.com/Content/News/Daily-News/Article/Morrison-County-Milk-Project-fuels-minds-bodies/1/256/15347

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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