I am not referring to the Justin Timberlake song but to agriculture. On our recent seminar to the Northern Neck one of the main themes that we experienced is the shortage of employees in the agriculture sector. This does not just apply to certain segments but is industry-wide, across all localities, regions, states and the… Continue reading Bringing Sexy Back
VALOR Class V recently had a wonderful trip to the Northern Neck. Personally, I had never spent much time on the Northern Neck and found that it was a great place to visit with a wealth of agricultural history. Highlights of the trip were our visit to the Northern Neck Technical Center, Kellum Seafoods, a… Continue reading What is Healthy?
The daily headlines read how divided the nation has become. The idea of civil discourse has become harder to achieve. Why? I propose it is a lack of a common, unifying experience. We have lost that which makes us united: service to others for the collective good. Service is defined as helping others. It can… Continue reading The One Percenters
Our first stop on the Southwest Tour was Duchess Dairy in Rural Retreat, VA. It was my first time seeing milk bottling, and it was so exciting! When we arrived, they were bottling chocolate milk, and it was so fascinating watching their team and equipment in the process from filling, sealing, labeling, and packing the… Continue reading Nutritious and Delicious
VALOR V’s tour of operations in Southwest Virginia provoked the group to ponder the question in the auspices of Mount Rogers-how do you maintain your roots and grow when faced with rugged terrain? Figuratively speaking, local labor availability and markets provide challenges for day-to-day operations. Realistically speaking, the terrain poses limitations for agriculturists to efficiently… Continue reading Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
Our July seminar took us to beautiful southwest Virginia. We toured Virginia Produce Company, River Ridge Land & Cattle, Grayson Natural Beef, Landcrafted Food, a coal mine, Bottomly Evergreens, VDACS regional veterinary lab, Duchess Dairy, Burke’s Garden and Foxwood Farm. These are all very different agricultural operations ranging from produce, milk bottling, sheep, cattle, beef… Continue reading Hidden Beauty
In order to remain the same, sustainable, profitable producer that you currently are, you have to adjust and adapt to the science and evidence as it changes over time.
“Start where you are, with what you have. Make something of it and never be satisfied.” - George Washington Carver My husband Alec is an engineer. He spends his days using math and science to solve complex problems. I work for two youth-centered non-profit organizations where I spend my days helping people navigate in leadership… Continue reading Send it on Down the Line
"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." – Helen Keller During our last seminar we had the opportunity to spend time in Washington D.C. and its neighboring Virginia counties. The Capital is always an impressive site. The monuments and memorials capture the rich history of our nation. Through triumphs and… Continue reading Stronger Together
You would not think of a city having food inequalities and access issues, but in DC, the nation's capital, surrounded by immense wealth, you have just that. Life expectancy has a twenty-year difference! We heard from a great panel of Lindsay Smith, Tariq Sherriff, and Kate Lee on our recent seminar to Northern VA &… Continue reading Food Security & Access