Variations on a theme

In addition to showcasing production systems, landscapes and leadership groups from another part of the country, the VALOR US Regional seminar in September reinforced the fact that the agricultural industry in this country is impacted by a number of common forces, regardless of the particular segment or geographic area considered. For example, in both Indianapolis… Continue reading Variations on a theme

Seminars, Uncategorized

Berry production on the shores of Lake Michigan

The DeGrandchamp family has been producing berries near the shores of Lake Michigan since 1955.  Mike DeGrandchamp treated the VALOR fellows (and a couple from Texas who happened to stop by the farm at just the right time) to a tour of their operation during our recent trip to Michigan.  DeGrandchamp Farms blueberry fields and… Continue reading Berry production on the shores of Lake Michigan

About VALOR, Education and Awareness, Inaugural, Seminars, Water Quality

Investing with a long-term view.

Tomorrow we leave on our US study trip, which officially means we’re past the halfway point with VALOR.  I’ve thought a lot about how fast this program is passing.  Seminar VI, like all of the seminars thus far, was fantastic.  For me, one of the most meaningful experiences was the weekend on the bay with… Continue reading Investing with a long-term view.

Global Agriculture, Seminars, Uncategorized

Not your average beans…

An otherwise inconspicuous grain elevator along Tidewater Trail in Center Cross, Virginia, holds thousands of bushels of soybeans.  However, these aren’t just your average beans.  The Montague Farms facility contains natto beans grown by farmers in Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina, and destined for export to Japanese markets.   It’s not just the beans that are… Continue reading Not your average beans…

Environment and Sustainability, Knowledge of a Changing Industry, Seminars, Uncategorized, Water Quality

Lettuce Take Another Look at Farming.

Endless Summer Harvest was one of the stops during the most recent VALOR seminar.  Owner and operator Mary Ellen Taylor treated the VALOR fellows to a tour of her hydroponic greenhouse operation, as well as a dinner fresh from her “fields” in Loudoun County. "Great chefs know that good food comes from farms.” – Mary… Continue reading Lettuce Take Another Look at Farming.