In March, many people think about a little pot of Gold. It’s all about leprechauns, rainbows, lucky charms and gold coins; the luck of the Irish. But what about Switzerland? Virginia’s Little Switzerland. The Hidden Gem. Highland County, Virginia. Blue Grass Valley, Photo Courtesy of Terri and Doug Puffenbarger You might not find a pot… Continue reading Pot of Gold? No, Jug of Amber!
Routine is the enemy of innovation. Routine is not bad. In fact, it is comforting. I do certain tasks, a certain way, in a certain order, and, generally, for a certain amount of time. Routine permits predictability and allows for planning. Routine evolves from experience. Experience is the what you have right after you needed… Continue reading Perspective
Communication appears to be such a simple concept, yet I feel it is something we all find ourselves struggling with from time to time. Our past seminar was focused on communication in a variety of forms. As I reflect on this seminar I wanted to share my thoughts on why we struggle to communicate effectively.Communication… Continue reading Communication is the key
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
Communication is at the heart of everything we do, how we speak to ourselves, how we talk to others, how we get ideas across. The discussions of this seminar had many topics that were all intertwined, and a few phrases stuck out to me. One was "listening to respond vs. listening to understand." Wow. As… Continue reading Critical Communication
"You must do the thing you think you cannot do." - Eleanor Roosevelt I'm a big quote person. I can find a quote that suits everything and every situation (Pinterest has the best graphic art quotes). If I find a quote I like, I will daydream all day about it and think about how it… Continue reading You can quote me on this!
Ag Is Everywhere When you look at VALOR V, we are diverse, and I am always amazed by how our different backgrounds are all part of Agriculture. I have already learned so much from each of your experiences and love our in-depth group conversations. Here are a few highlights from our November 2020 session. Session… Continue reading
VALOR V, COVID 0 Chesapeake Bay-view agriculture was the focus of the first VALOR V field visit. From day 1, the group knew we’d see a different view of agriculture in scope and type. What we didn’t know was how agriculture in the area had responded to meet the challenges presented by COVID. Alabama sings… Continue reading Chesapeake Bay-View Agriculture
The backstory… Raised in Central Illinois, I was surrounded by agriculture. I have very fond memories of trips to my grandparents house to play and help with their pygmy goats. I learned that electric fences hurt. I also enjoyed visiting local fairs to watch my grandpa show, and driving the backroads through miles and miles… Continue reading New Geography, New Challenges, New Markets
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