Daring Decisions

What more appropriate time than the New Year to reflect upon past experiences and how it can help one grow and develop.  November's seminar took us to Southside Virginia.  One of our tours took us to Briarview Farms which is owned and operated by Mr. Robert Mills.  Mills tends to rejuvenate and inspire others in… Continue reading Daring Decisions

Seminars, Uncategorized


Appalachia/Cumberland Gap and the Northern Neck/Chesapeake Bay - two extremes of Virginia.  At first glance they seem to have nothing else in common.  Appalachia: Blue Ridge Mountains, turning into flat tops from strip mining.  Tobacco, coal, timber - historical resources growing more scarce so the mountain folk turn to new practices such as hemp, wine,… Continue reading #Trending


No Culture Without Agriculture

Being a lifelong resident of Southwest Virginia, I've always considered myself Appalachian. Seminar VI took us past my stomping grounds to what I'd consider "deep southwest" or "the coalfields." I really appreciate Amy for helping make this trip happen because even for a SWVA girl like myself, I gained a lot from this seminar. Several… Continue reading No Culture Without Agriculture

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“Preserving and Promoting”

When I think of Loudoun County Virginia huge mansions, suburbia, and D.C. commuters come to mind. Session IV started off by visiting a place that stuck out like a barn in the city, especially because that's what it was. We started off Seminar IV at the Loudoun Farm and Heritage Museum with a delicious lunch… Continue reading “Preserving and Promoting”

Legislation and Regulations, Political Advocacy, Seminars, Uncategorized

Leaving Procrastination Station

My last post I gave a Top Ten list of things learned/gained from Seminar II.  The number one being: "...blogging needs to be done asap." Here I am less than week out from Seminar IV and I'm just now posting about Seminar III. Really there's no good excuse for procrastination.  In high school I had… Continue reading Leaving Procrastination Station


“Never Do Anything Until After You Sleep on it.”

As you have read from our previous blogs, we all gained and learned many different things from out visit to the Eastern Shore for Seminar II.  Below is my "Top 10" things gained from Session II: Personally, blogging needs to be done ASAP 2017 was the largest crop of U.S. Peanuts ever There are two… Continue reading “Never Do Anything Until After You Sleep on it.”

Creative Problem Solving, Seminars, Uncategorized

Soar With Your Strengths, Manage Your Weaknesses

VALOR stands for Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results.  Although our platform is agriculture we will be evaluating leadership in the industry and ourselves.  For Session II we completed the Strengths Finder Assessment.  It is a 100+ questionnaire and out of a bank of 34 options you are given a ranking of your top 5 Strengths.… Continue reading Soar With Your Strengths, Manage Your Weaknesses


Taking My Own Advice

If the average Joe would look at my background, it may not make sense that I am a High School Career Coach. For those who are familiar with agriculture and what it entails would know that it makes perfect sense. My journey to where I am today is filled with career readiness and leadership opportunities… Continue reading Taking My Own Advice