Growing up, I really believed my dad hung the moon. He always offers some of the very best advice, whether you ask for it or not. Some of the best nuggets of wisdom he’s shared over the years come from the challenges, troubles, toils and joys of farming and his connectedness to the land. He… Continue reading Farmer Wisdom: Resiliency
I'm tryin' to tell you somethin' 'bout my lifeMaybe give me insight between black and whiteAnd the best thing you've ever done for meIs to help me take my life less seriouslyIt's only life after all, yeah. -Indigo Girls I grew up on our farm but my parents aren’t professional farmers. My dad practiced medicine… Continue reading Closer to Fine
Looking back on the first session of the Class V cohort, you see the promise, you see the hope, you see the passion for agriculture in this new group. The state of agriculture in Virginia is both strong and weak. We have low commodity prices, we have barriers to entry for new farmers, we have… Continue reading New Beginnings
S. Jewell Morton is a servant leader, connector and change agent who focuses on the long-term growth of sustaining marginalized communities and organizations. She is a founder member of the Minority and Veteran Farmers of the Piedmont. Sarah received a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from Virginia State University, Masters of Science in Career… Continue reading Trailblazer!
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?
I didn't grow up on a farm. Only three of my four grandparents grew up on a farm. I have cherished the time they spent retelling the stories of life on the farm. It was always mindboggling that my granny's family grew wheat, and to get flour, they would have to travel to get their… Continue reading How It Started VS How It’s Going
These words are part of the FFA motto and continue to resonate with me to this day. I’m Katie Reames from Culpeper, Virginia and I would like to invite you on this journey with me as I put these words into action. I grew up in Stephens City, Virginia where I quickly found my way… Continue reading Learning to Do, Doing to Learn
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – JFK Rainy evenings are the best time to write; the words I type tick away on the keyboard like the raindrops pitter-pattering on our metal roof. I fall into a rhythm to where there is little worry about what I should be getting done outside, the… Continue reading Hi, I’m Alison Jones! – VALOR Class V
Recently, I was given an award through my employment entitled “The Culture of Yes”. The interpretation of “Culture of Yes” was a team player, willing to help others, going above and beyond to help those that you served. Being nominated for this award was a tremendous honor and left me very humbled, considering the caliber… Continue reading “Culture of Yes” – Meet Dr. Amy Johnson, DNP, FNP-C – VALOR Class V
“Leaders don’t force people to follow, they invite them on a journey.” - anonymous In the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, I received a card with this quote on it in the mail yesterday. As the director of a leadership program, it is exciting to think about inviting others on a journey - one of… Continue reading Invited on this Journey