On Wednesday I had the opportunity to do one of my favorite things – talk about agriculture!
In the fall, an article ran in our local newspaper about my work as The Farmer’s Daughter and being selected as one of Farm Credit’s Top 100 Fresh Perspective Honorees. The article piqued the interest of a local ladies church group at the First Congregational Church and I was invited to join them for a discussion about my blog, writing, social media, and (most importantly) my message.
After telling them about our family farm and the transitions we have gone through over the years, we had a wonderful discussion about agriculture. A couple of the ladies were retired farmers (and, naturally, farmer’s daughters!), so they were able to add a lot to the discussion. A few of the women did not have any background in agriculture and we were able to have a very good chat about modern farming. I was quite impressed with all of the questions and level of thought they had put into our conversation. I also loved hearing directly from them regarding what issues they found important or interesting, and where they managed to lead the conversation.
It was also a nice reminder to myself that advocating for agriculture can happen with any group of people in any setting. It was nice to reach a group of people that probably aren’t my traditional online followers and have some really good conversation about food. The women were just as interested in the new technologies being used in farming as any group of millennials. They also didn’t scream at me or say mean things, so that was really refreshing too!
The women were so engaging and interested and I really had a lot of fun talking to them. Thanks to Patty and the entire group for taking the time to meet with me, listen, and ask a bunch of wonderful questions!