A morning tour of the High Tech Agricultural Park showed us similarities between our Ag research facilities and those here near Saigon. The facility is growing orchids, testing different soils or growing mediums. They sell the flowers to hotels and restaurants, as do the local farmers. In addition to raising the orchids for ornamental reasons,… Continue reading Reflections
From the plane all you can see is coffee trees, hectares under plastic and a few buildings. On the ground, cool breezes (compared to Hoi An's more tropical climate), beautiful flowers and farming everywhere! After we settled in to the hotel we headed to a vegetable farm in a one acre green house. The farmer grows… Continue reading Dalat – a Cool Breeze after Humid Hoi An
Visiting Farms and touring Loudoun and DC seemed a little ironic since I live in Purcellville, work in Leesburg and have the opportunity to go to the City on an afternoon visit. But to take the time to visit local farms, hear from our farmers about the decisions they are making to be successful in… Continue reading Seeing Things Through a Different Lens
Our VALOR group traveled to Richmond during the General Assembly session this winter to see decision making in action, learn to voice our opinions on pertinent issues and gain a better perspective on just what it takes to keep our State and Country running smoothly. My past trips to view the General Assembly in action… Continue reading Gettin’ it Done!
Our recent experience in the Shenandoah Valley was certainly an eye opener for me. I grew up a "farmer's daughter" in Loudoun County. I drove tractors, rode in the combine with my Dad, made hay, brought in straw, bush hogged fields and helped to fix fence, but I never had the opportunity to go inside… Continue reading View from the “Farmers Daughter”
One of the exciting things about Virginia Agriculture is the diversity that abounds across the state. Our recent trip to Southeast Virginia and the Eastern Shore was just another testiment to this statement. I hail from from Northern Virginia where we still have some traditional crops of corn, soybeans, wheat and hay; and where our… Continue reading Exploring the Diversity of Virginia Agriculture
When the opportunity to participate in the 2nd class of VALOR came along I was excited to be considered! The chance to learn more about the many facets of agriculture, develop my leadership skills, meet new people and experience new places and cultures is intriguing! My name is Marilyn Adams. I am a native of Loudoun… Continue reading Gettin’ Started!