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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Virginia Produce Company Inc: Seminar VI

Much thanks is given to Kevin Beamer and his family for VALOR Class IV's tour of Virginia Produce Company Inc in Hillsville, VA during our Southwest VA seminar. I enjoyed the tour through the processing and storage facility and learning about how VA Produce Co. works with both local growers in VA and growers across… Continue reading Virginia Produce Company Inc: Seminar VI


Southern Hospitality at Its Finest

Our May excursion to South Carolina and Georgia was filled with great food and Southern hospitality. We made 13 stops and met some amazing agricultural leaders.  Along the way our menu of foods discussed included milk, peaches, broccoli, beef, pecans, lettuce, pork, rabbits, and onions. The chefs on an episode of Chopped would be able to… Continue reading Southern Hospitality at Its Finest


Happy cows come from… South Carolina?

"Cows are God's favorite animal," said Tom Trantham, founder of Happy Cow Creamery. On the first day of our national trip to South Carolina and Georgia under the shade of their agri-tourism picnic shelter, Tom shared with VALOR the incident that kick-started their successful grass-based dairy operation. It all started with a break out -… Continue reading Happy cows come from… South Carolina?


Hillcrest Farms Inc – Dearing, Georgia

Hillcrest Farms Inc in Dearing, Georgia is a family dairy farm which has the highest production per cow in Georgia. Mark Rodgers and his brother, Andy, operate the dairy which was originally purchased by their grandfather. The farm now has its fourth generation involved with Mark’s daughter, Caitlin, and Andy’s son, Josh, working there. Mark… Continue reading Hillcrest Farms Inc – Dearing, Georgia