South Africa is in an interesting time for agriculture, possibly a historical turning point. The crossroads of politics, social obligation and absolution, commerce, and history is a tricky, trying, profound place to be. It is not a place upon which one can make much judgement. A two week trip does not make one an expert. … Continue reading ZA – Making Sense of Things
Despite the one small(ish) snowfall of the year, the VALOR class had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Pamela Hess about the work she's doing with Arcadia Food, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a more equitable and sustainable local food system in Washington, D.C. Video conferences are an intrinsically tough way to have a good conversation, but Pam… Continue reading Arcadia – Equitable Food Access in D.C.
During our visit to Richmond, our VALOR class had the honor and pleasure of meeting with the First Lady of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe. Of particular interest to the class was the ongoing work Mrs. McAuliffe has tackled in fighting to eliminate childhood hunger in Virginia. Toward this goal, the First Lady has connected… Continue reading VALOR and First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe
Port day! During our day at the ports in Norfolk, we had the pleasure of viewing trade in Virginia from two unique viewpoints: first by learning the ins and outs of the Port of Virginia as a whole, and second by walking through Perdue Agribusiness' Deep Water Port and discussing the products that flow through… Continue reading Port Day!
I did not grow up on a farm. At the time, I didn't even know if I was near one. As a child, I always thought a large parking lot was about as wide open a space as anybody needed (for skateboarding, of course), and when we'd drive past large tracts of pasture or hay fields on… Continue reading Nate Walsh – Introduction to VALOR