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‘Iowa Girl’ begins 2013 farm, food journey

By Staff | May 10, 2013

Kristin PORTER, a food blogger from West Des Moines, will be touring Iowa farms throughout the summer visiting with, and writing about, food producers about how they do their jobs.

ANKENY – Kristin Porter, a well-known Iowa blogger, is taking her online adventures to the farm with the help of the Iowa Food and Family Project.

‘Join My Journey’ features Porter, of West Des Moines, the author of a popular and influential blog, Iowa Girl Eats.

Throughout the 2013 growing season, Porter will journey from her urban lifestyle to farm country sharing her unique perspectives about the people who grow and serve great food.

Her adventures will be featured at iowafoodandfamily.com.

While traveling Iowa, Porter will explore the expertise and science of new seed technologies, sort and package eggs at an egg-laying farm, take the wheel of a tractor and combine to plant and harvest soybeans and accompany farm families as they tend to their pigs, turkeys and cattle.

She’ll also feature restaurants known for serving great food and celebrate the quality of life found in the rural communities she visits.

“I love food,” said Porter, whose blog is read by nearly 2 million people. “Even though I’ve spent most of my life in Iowa, I’m not a farm girl.

“But I want to know more about farming and our state’s rural heritage. I can’t wait to take my fans along on this incredible journey.”

Iowans can join Porter’s journey at iowafoodandfamily.com

There they can view photos and videos of her on-farm adventures, discover new recipes, pose questions for Porter to ask the farm families she meets, enter contests to win prizes and learn about healthy food options.

Join My Journey is an activity of the Iowa Food and Family Project. Created in 2011 by the Iowa Soybean Association and involving more than 30 partners, the project sponsors innovative and engaging activities providing Iowans with the real scoop on food from the people who best know it and grow it – Iowa farm families.

Partners in Join My Journey are DuPont Pioneer, Farm Credit Services of America, Iowa Beef Industry Council, Iowa Egg Council, Iowa Pork Producers Association, Iowa Soybean Association, Midwest Dairy Association, Iowa Turkey Federation and United Soybean Board.

“Iowans are very interested in their food, where it comes from and how it’s grown,” said Lois White with the Iowa Egg Council. “We’re excited to accompany Kristin and all of her followers on this discovery tour across Iowa.”

For more information, go to iowafoodandfamily.com.

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