For a moment, close your eyes and imagine "home". What comes to mind? For me, it's a good meal and going back for seconds. It's swapping stories. It's talking about the weather. It's feeling included. It's feeling comfortable and completely at ease with yourself and your company. That's the agriculture community in Louisiana. Every producer… Continue reading A Home Called Louisiana
Some people dream about living near the water and visit from time to time. A few people make it happen in retirement or a hopeful business venture. Some have been near water their entire lives. I’ve always enjoyed the water and time I’ve spent in “Rivah” and beach towns. When you’re on vacation and seeking… Continue reading Water, Water, Everywhere…
“Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.” - George Washington Carver My husband Alec is an engineer. He spends his days using math and science to solve complex problems. I work for two youth-centered non-profit organizations where I spend my days helping people navigate in leadership… Continue reading Send it on Down the Line
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller During our last seminar we had the opportunity to spend time in Washington D.C. and its neighboring Virginia counties. The Capital is always an impressive site. The monuments and memorials capture the rich history of our nation. Through triumphs and… Continue reading Stronger Together
Cold March rain was falling in Rockbridge County on the day we visited Ingleside Trout Farm. We made our way through the tour; we walked into the hatchery to see the new fry and then back over the bridge to see the larger fingerlings. The owner, Jennifer, tossed out cups of pellets to feed the… Continue reading “Starry Night” – Be a Seeker of Everyday Magic
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt I'm a big quote person. I can find a quote that suits everything and every situation (Pinterest has the best graphic art quotes). If I find a quote I like, I will daydream all day about it and think about how it… Continue reading You can quote me on this!
Growing up, I really believed my dad hung the moon. He always offers some of the very best advice, whether you ask for it or not. Some of the best nuggets of wisdom he’s shared over the years come from the challenges, troubles, toils and joys of farming and his connectedness to the land. He… Continue reading Farmer Wisdom: Resiliency
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – JFK Rainy evenings are the best time to write; the words I type tick away on the keyboard like the raindrops pitter-pattering on our metal roof. I fall into a rhythm to where there is little worry about what I should be getting done outside, the… Continue reading Hi, I’m Alison Jones! – VALOR Class V