|The Farm in Dormancy, except The Kiddos & Lily|
1- Conferences. Yep. It's that time of year where every organization we're involved in has some get together somewhere where we all sit through sessions that deal with everything from financing to weather to social media to legislative issues. Yep. They're all about that boring too. I think I yawned writing that. Okay maybe I'm being too harsh. I do like hearing about other farms and what they do (we all know from previous posts I like to spy ;)) and I do get some good ideas. This whole blog came out of the first NC Strawberry Association conference we went too. But in the end the sessions tend to run together and everything after lunch pretty much goes downhill (usually I don't take the kids because none of us would enjoy it; not me, certainly not them, and definitely not the folks who have to listen to them whine about not enjoying it, so I'm always thinking when can I go to the room and take a nap!). Why do we go if they're so boring? To meet and talk to other farmers. How many other times of the year do I get to meet other people who are working in agriculture, who understand what that means, and who are just as passionate about it as I am? I love bouncing ideas off them and giving them whatever advice I can. We just got back from the American Farm Bureau FUSION Conference in Nashville TN (lots of firsts here, first time to TN for The Husband and I, first time flying for him [he now claims he wants a jet, smh], first time being away from The Girl for longer than 1 night [she did fine and when I got home so did I], first time in a hotel that measured their sq footage in acres [57 under the roof to be exact]). It was awesome, except for the whole snow/ice storm that crippled Nashville (God and Luck were on our side and we managed to get one of the only flights out of there Tuesday morning, we had many friends not so lucky!). We met people from all over the country and heard from great speakers (first time I ever went to a conference and wanted the motivational speaker to speak longer). We came back excited, and that's the whole point right?
|The Casey's, Us, & Mrs Overman at the AFBF FUSION Conference|
|Nashville Airport AKA The Skating Rink|
|Adding this just because I think it's beautiful - Glass sculpture in the hotel lobby|
|These things don't just create themselves you know|
|I think it needs a border|