A family from Honey Creek, Iowa will be among six Iowa farm families will be honored as recipients of The Way We Live Award at the 2014 Iowa State Fair.
Each family will be recognized for their love of the land and the product they produce in award ceremonies during the Fair. "Nothing Compares" to the Iowa State Fair, August 7-17.
The Way We Live Award recognizes Iowa families for their hard work and love of farming.
Each entrant was asked to submit a short essay describing how the occupation of farming and living on a farm has shaped their lives.
On Saturday August 9, Thomas and Janna Feldman, along with their children Matthew, 22, and Mia, 19 will be recognized.
They are owners of Doe's and Diva's Inc., a goat and sheep dairy.
The family purchased a goat to aid in Mia's health-related digestion issues and, over time, more goats and sheep were added until they had an excess of milk.
They found an outlet in cheese making and built their own goat and sheep dairy. The milk from Doe's and Diva's does not contain any artificial growth hormones or antibiotics, and their goats and sheep are raised using natural herd management.
The Feldmans also create natural goat milk soap products. The family provides tours of the dairy and takes goats and lambs on the road to Omaha and local stores to demonstrate farm life.
Each family will receive a prize package including $250 cash, Fair tickets, free parking and recognition in the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center during the Fair at 10:30 a.m. on various days. The Way We Live Award is sponsored by WHO NewsRadio 1040 and Tractor Supply Company.
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