Class III, Global Agriculture, Seminars

Farming in S. Africa, A Different Reality

Farming. What do you think of? Amber waves of grain? OshKosh B’gosh overall-clad children rolling in hay? The pitchfork-in-hand puritanically dressed couple of Grant Wood’s American Gothic? A pastoral way of life? On a recent trip to South Africa, I learned farming had a different look. There, farming looked like 10-foot chain-link fences topped with… Continue reading Farming in S. Africa, A Different Reality

Global Agriculture, Seminars

If Christmas can have 12 days, so can Vietnam

My brain keeps telling me to post recaps of Vietnam, while simultaneously screaming at me to close my eyes and go to bed. Who knew that jet lag created multiple personalities? Mark that one down on the books. The purpose of our trip to Vietnam was to specifically look at culture, history, and of course… Continue reading If Christmas can have 12 days, so can Vietnam

Global Agriculture, Seminars

Lessons from Around the World

The last time I posted, post-Florida and pre-Vietnam, I spoke about the gift of perspective while traveling. After  24 straight hours of travel time yesterday, the VALOR fellows walked off a plane (some more awake than others) and into a country and culture vastly different than our normal.       Today began with a trip to the… Continue reading Lessons from Around the World

Environment and Sustainability, Seminars, Water Quality

The Gift

Leaving your county, or state, or country (as the case will be shortly for the VALOR fellows) imparts a gift of perspective. Not a gift to be taken lightly, it takes processing and production by the user in order to create anything of value. I can travel to another state or country, but if I… Continue reading The Gift