VALLEY SPRINGS, S.D. — Over 100 people were able to enjoy a meal in the place where their food begins, thanks to the Hungry for Truth Farm to Fork event in Valley Springs, South Dakota.


Megan Barkley attended the Farm to Fork event at the Scott Family Farm.

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Megan Barkley grew up in a small rural community in Iowa, but now she lives in the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Last week she got to learn more about South Dakota agriculture and where her food comes from at this Farm to Fork event at the Scott Family Farm.

“It was really great, especially on a nice summer night, great open air atmosphere, kind of that farming sense, you just really get the feel that like it came from the farm and is now at the table,” Barkley said.


Jordan Scott and his family welcome visitors to their farm during a Farm to Fork event.

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This is the third year that the Scott family has hosted the event on their farm.

“A lot of people haven’t been to a farm physically, so just to get them out and get them onto a farm is really important to us,” said farmer Jordan Scott.

They see a wide demographic of people attending.

“Influencers, business people in Sioux Falls, a lot of legislators actually come out and have a conversation on our farm. It’s good to get those touch points and build those relationships,” Scott said.


Guest enjoy a meal on the farm at the Hungry for Truth Farm to Fork event.

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Attendees were not only able to enjoy a meal prepared featuring food from local farms, but they were also able to hear those producers’ stories as well as talks about issues the ag industry is facing

“We talk about things that we do on our farm, why we use certain products, the reason we use certain hybrids and things like that,” Scott said. “So, we answer any questions people have and just kind of talk about our farm and what we do and why.”

“You know, most consumers anymore are three to four generations removed from the family farm, and there’s just so much that’s lost over time with that generational knowledge of how we take care of the land and animals and how many of our ancestors would have done this many years ago, so trying to reignite that curiosity and be able to ask some of those questions and show people that we are a part of your community,” said speaker Amanda Radke.

They took an evening to bridge the gap between the farm and city, through food and conversation.

“Farmers haven’t been historically great at communication with the general public, so anything we can do to bridge that gap, increase the conversations that we are having with the general public, they will understand farming better and understand why we are asking for things when we do ask for things and why we do the stuff that we do on our farms,” Scott said.

“I think being informative about the practices, the products, just how interconnected we are is really important,” Barkley said.

Ariana is a reporter for Agweek based out of South Dakota. She graduated from South Dakota State University in 2022 with a double major in Agricultural Communications and Journalism, with a minor in Animal Science. She is currently a graduate student at SDSU, working towards her Masters of Mass Communications degree. She enjoys reporting on all things agriculture and sharing the stories that matter to both the producers and the consumers.

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