Driving along the bayou from New Iberia to Houma felt like driving through a different country. It’s easy to keep your head in the hole and keep your blinders on, especially when we all have our to-do lists, goals, and bucket lists to focus on. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we probably prefer to… Continue reading Debris Piles
Balance… what is balance? I was not able to attend the majority of the most recent Northern Neck VALOR trip, and it was hard looking at the agenda knowing I was not going to participate with my cohort, and when I did get to spend the few hours one evening with the, it was hard… Continue reading Real Talk…
In that time of uncertainty, virtual happy hours, and limited physical social interaction at the start of pandemic last spring a message from one Sunday’s homily hit home… “If you don't know what hurts me, you cannot say you love me." Or in other words, to be truly loved, you must be truly known. There’s… Continue reading To Serve is to Know
Let me be radically candid for a moment to say that I am not good at radical candor. I was pretty shy growing up- and despite what some people see, I still ride a very thin line between introvert and extrovert. I didn’t consider myself a “people person” until college- and although many people that… Continue reading Learning to Speak my Truth
As we drove through standing water to reach our first farm visit in Suffolk, the flooded fields and damp strung out cotton seemed to reflect both the grey skies and the year of 2020. The November 9, 2020 National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that approximately 35% of Virginia’s cotton had been harvested to date in… Continue reading Finding the Heart: Tidewater/Eastern Shore
I loved my time at the Virginia Tech Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone, Virginia and am most grateful for the amazing farm crew. These were some of the crazy steers and heifers I worked with for my research. If someone told me back in college that I’d be living in a small apartment in the… Continue reading A Passion by Mistake or Grand Design?