A Good Day

Yesterday was a good day for the local food movement in our community.

Dorothy McAuliffe, the First Lady of Virginia, visited our farm, along with three groups of children from Danville, our closest city.  We had a hayride/farm tour and all seemed to enjoy it.

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The visit has generated a lot of press coverage.  I’m pretty sure our little community has never had television crews in it before.

Mrs. McAuliffe has made promotion of local food and  the need to improve childhood nutrition the emphasis for her tenure.  We enjoyed meeting her.  She shares our passion for changing the food culture and is a warm and engaging person.  Virginia is fortunate to have her in this role.

For those interested, here are links to the story in our local paper and local television station:

http://www.godanriver.com/news/pittsylvania_county/virginia-s-first-lady-highlights-need-to-bring-better-nutrition/article_ea60fd44-fcb3-11e3-988f-001a4bcf6878.html

http://www.wset.com/story/25871826/dorothy-mcauliffe-stops-in-pittsylvania-county-promotes-healthy-eating

I’ve been posting daily for over 6 year, rarely missing a day.  But we’re off to the Wild Goose Festival today for some much needed R&R (and another platform for promoting the food movement).  It’s the closest thing we get to a vacation.

So this is the last post until Monday.  Have a great weekend y’all.

 

 

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30 comments on “A Good Day

  1. DM says:

    How fun and exciting! What a full day on the farm. I enjoy the energy that comes when someone visits our place and experiences the simple things like hay rides, petting the animals,etc. Great pictures btw. Enjoy your time @ Wild Goose. You have a lot going on right now. Thanks for taking the time for the update! Look forward to hearing from you next week. DM

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  2. shoreacres says:

    How pleased you must be. I’m certainly pleased for you. There are a lot of smiles in those photos, and a lot of attentiveness. Wasn’t there a John Denver song about this sort of day? You know: “Inch by inch, row by row, gonna make this food movement grow.”

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    • Bill says:

      I don’t think it could have gone any better. It really was a good day for our community. The kids were great. One of the 3 groups are tending gardens where they live (thanks to a wonderful woman who is mentoring them). They’d already had the tour when Mrs. McAuliffe arrived and most wanted to take it again. That makes their attentiveness especially impressive.

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  3. What a great — and important day — and hay rides! Enjoy your wild goose vacation. See you Monday.

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    • Bill says:

      We had a fun time at the Goose. Didn’t get enough sleep, but made some new friends and reconnected with some old ones. We soaked in a lot of wisdom and beauty, I hope. 🙂 But it’s good to be home.

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  4. jubilare says:

    What as great thing! Improving food culture, and with it, child nutrition… such a vital goal, in every meaning of the word.

    Have a good festival! Oh, and when I create a post from the answers people gave me to that post, may I re-post the story you told (crediting you as the source)?

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    • Bill says:

      Yes, of course. I think I owe you an explanation to why I believe in Sukey Short. The answer is I’m not sure. Maybe it’s because she’s just been a part of the community all my life and it would seem wrong to deny that.

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      • jubilare says:

        That seems to me a good reason, though I don’t feel you owe me any explanation. I’ve never encountered a ghost (something I am glad for) but I have had a few experiences that make me unwilling to discount the experiences of others. There is more to this world than simply the physical. Of that, I am convinced.

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  5. Seeking Joyful Simplicity says:

    So glad you got some press – the more we know, the more we share, the farther this “food revolution” will go!
    Enjoy your time.

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    • Bill says:

      Those of us who are doing this are being taken seriously now, which is a significant change from not so long ago. This visit gave the local movement (I hope) both visibility and credibility.

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  6. You got some great coverage of your farm and food values – and looks like it might have been fun too. Glad it went well. Off to be restored and rejuvenated at the Goose – have a wonderful weekend!

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    • Bill says:

      Everything went off without a hitch. And yes, it even turned out to be fun.
      We went straight from that into our Goose weekend. Our talk was Thursday night and once it was over we had the rest of the weekend with no responsibilities and no chores. That was a nice feeling.

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  7. nebraskadave says:

    Hey Bill, you got some good press there, didn’t you. That had to be satisfying to be able to promote the better food concept with the first lady of the state. I hope you have a great time at the goose festival. I’m going to volunteer at the Mother Earth News Fair in October. It will be the one in Topeka which is about three hours away from where I live. I went to the one last year in Lawrence Kansas last year. They pulled in many great speakers to teach about homestead living which involved many aspects of growing and preserving food. One of the biggest draws last year was the session on how to process a chicken. They actually started with a live chicken and went through the whole process of slaughtering, plucking, eviscerating, and cutting into the different parts. I would say there was at least 500 people under the tent and around the perimeter watching the demonstration. I was amazed at how fascinated the crowd was with processing a chicken. It was just a yearly thing for me to help Mom with the chicken processing. Well, not that I did any processing other than clean up the mess and bury the remains. Yeah, and there was cleaning out the coop afterward.

    Have another great day at the goose festival.

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    • Bill says:

      I’d really like to go to a Mother Earth fair someday. Last year they had one in Asheville NC, very near where we were this weekend. But we weren’t able to go.
      The fact that hundreds of people would want to see a chicken processed is just evidence of how disconnected we are from our food–and also evidence of the increasing desire to reconnect. Good for you for serving as a volunteer!

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  8. bobraxton says:

    R&R well – deserved

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  9. A good day indeed! This event might be the spark to get a Sustainable Pittsylvania movement going.
    Have fun at the Wild Goose!

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    • Bill says:

      We talked about that very thing on the drive to the festival. As soon as we can catch our breath around here that’s something we’re going to try to pursue.

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  10. Congratulations. Your farm must be very well known to attract such attention. A great platform for promoting the cause. –Curt

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    • Bill says:

      We’re a small family-owned diversified farm with no employees. As agribusinesses go, we’d be pretty obscure. The folks who put this together are with a local non-profit dedicated to improving our community’s health. They know us and appreciate what we do. I should have mentioned in the post that after the visit there was a banquet/reception/picnic hosted by an association of about 30 local churches. All the food served at that was sourced locally and was from our farm and two other chemical-free family farms owned by friends of ours. That was a big deal I think.

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  11. avwalters says:

    Enjoy a few days free….

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  12. Buffy says:

    That is great!

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  13. EllaDee says:

    A day that will make a huge impact on the visiting children of Danville, and I hope the adults that tagged along too. Great to see good, and hard, work recognised 🙂

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  14. df says:

    What a great sounding day, and so wonderful to know that it got media coverage. Enjoy your well deserved weekend away from everything, including the blogosphere!

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    • Bill says:

      Having the media out here was certainly unusual. We’re very pleased with how it all came out. And it was nice to be able to follow all that excitement with a few days off.

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