Learning about farm life and work during annual “Farm City Day” event


Saturday was Steuben County’s annual Farm City Day.

The annual event features a county farm and educates visitors on the work and contributions farms have on our economy and lives.

Figures from the United States Department of Agriculture show Steuben County has more than 1,600 farms.

This year’s featured was Moss-VanWie Farms in Canisteo.

“(It’s) To educate the public on how hard we really work and how bad the economy is for farmers right now,” Cliff Moss, owner of Moss-VanWie Farms, said. “It’s not an easy job, it’s 24/7.”

He and his daughter also stressed the importance of how farms provide the food people buy and eat.

Brian Christly and his son said they live in the country side and are not strangers to the farming environment. He said neither he or his family have worked or owned a farm.

“We’re kind of used to this kind of thing,” Christly said. “What people don’t know I guess is where meat comes from and milk.”

“I think it’s great for them to see the different animals,” Rachel Ratchford, a farm visitor with her two children from Avoca, said, “and really appreciate where the things we eat everyday come from.”

This was Moss- VanWie Farm’s third time hosting Farm City Day.

Visitors got a chance to sample fresh milk, cheese and apples. They also got to welcome a new born calf.

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