If there is one thing I learned from our last VALOR seminar in Southside Virginia, it's that I can't grow tobacco. We were fortunate enough to visit a nice family tobacco farm. I was one of the lucky ones that left with a few tobacco plants. We had eight plants in a cut off Coke… Continue reading I’m not a tobacco farmer.
The last VALOR trip took us from Culpeper to Charlottesville. We saw everything from vineyards and orchards to beef cattle and lumber. Each operation was uniquely different and had a distinct vision. My favorite part of the seminar, other than the Moo Thru ice cream, was learning about our personal conflict management styles. Before the… Continue reading Conflict Management
This morning we toured the High Tech Agriculture Park on the edge of Ho Chi Minh City. The park is used by the government, universities, and private companies for research. We first saw a lab where they were taking tissue cultures from orchids for herbal medicine. They also raise orchids and sell them to hotels… Continue reading Friday, January 15th
This morning started at 3:30 AM. As I rolled over I found a few new bruises from yesterday's basket boating adventure... The one where our boat flipped at least eight times. We checked out of the beautiful Ancient House Resort in Hoi An and headed for the airport. By eight o'clock we were in Dalat,… Continue reading Dalat, Vietnam
Do you know what I'm scared of? I'm scared of car wrecks, things on fire that aren't supposed to be, and a stranger hiding in my house when I get home at night. Do you know what I'm not scared of? The food on my plate. I am not the least bit concerned about the… Continue reading Legit Things to be Scared Of
Our last seminar in the Northern Neck area of Virginia marked the start of our second year in VALOR. We had the pleasure of spending time on a few impressive crop operations and in the beautiful Chesapeake Bay. When you reach the half way point there is a sense of relief. You know what to… Continue reading Half Way There
#1: We Want to Grow; Bigger and Better! From Carroll County to Wise County, I heard story after story of success. The VALOR class visited Virginia Produce Company, Vanguard Furniture, and the Worrell family vegetable farm, and several other places in Carroll County. Business is booming! The owners of these businesses could easily sit back… Continue reading 3 Themes of Seminar 6: SWVA