January 25, 2016

The Amount of Pesticides Farmers Use is Not a "Latte"

Sometimes the word "pesticide" can be kind of scary and we don't really know what that means for the crops grown right here in Nebraska.

The reality is that the amount of weed killer that a farmer would use in an acre (about the size of a football field) is about the size of a latte.  That's really "not a latte"! Find out what else North Dakota farmer and CommonGround volunteer Sarah Wilson, can surprise you with about pesticide use on the farm in this video.

Since farming and food go hand in hand, enjoy this recipe from one of our favorites, The Pioneer Woman.

Skillet Lasagna

2 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 lbs ground beef
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 jar, 24-oz marinara sauce
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1/2 cup grated fresh mozzerella
12 oz cooked bow-tie pasta (farfalle), cooked to al dente
8 basil leaves, chopped (or about 2 tbsp dried basil)

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the beef with garlic until completely browned; drain fat.
Pour in the marinara sauce.
Add Italian seasoning and S&P to taste.
Stir, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes.
Add the sour cream and stir until combined.
Add mozzarella and cooked pasta; stir until well combined.
Serve hot with chopped basil on top.

CommonGround is a national movement of farm women who want to share information about farming and the food we grow. Consumers in the cities and suburbs are more disconnected from farm life than ever before, and that disconnect has led to misconceptions about modern farming and the people behind it. We’re a group of Nebraska farm women working to help dispel myths and built trust in farm families again. We want to answer questions and share facts as well as our personal stories of farm life. Please join us in finding our CommonGround.

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