Monday, March 12, 2012

Raising awareness...

Last week I mentioned I was putting on an Ag Day Event at our local library in honor of National Agriculture Day.

I started getting super nervous that no one would come and J and I would be eating baked potatoes for weeks to come, but to my surprise we had about 40 people attend.

Although forty people isn't a ton and I'm sure more than 40 people in the county eat food or use products that are directly tied to agriculture production, I feel like the event was a great success.

We raised awareness about the agriculture industry, partook in a Baked (locally grown) Potato Bar,
listened to a Cowboy Poet,
and watched the movie Temple Grandin. Have you seen Temple Grandin? Such a great movie!

On top of all the fun we provided important and interesting information about the industry.

Considering the county I live in is rural and we are all surrounded by farms and ranches, I am a little surprised more people didn't come. I think a lot of people just take the abundance that agriculture provides for granted and some just don't care.

I obviously can't change the world, but if one person left my event this past weekend feeling grateful toward the agriculture industry, then I guess I did what I set out to do.

I plan on making this an annual event and I can't wait to watch it grow.

If you missed the Ag Day/Week celebrations don't fret, in the words of fellow blogger, Crystal Cattle, " can celebrate farmers everyday!"


myblackfriendsays said...

What a good rancher's wife you are (: I would have been there in as soon as you told me "free baked potato bar."

DJ said...

Congratulations!! i'm so glad your event was a success :)

Jenny Glen said...

Potato bar? If I had been closer, I would have SO been there!

The Coolidges said...

What a great thing to do!! Thanks for spreading the importance of agriculture!

memory said...

Oh me, oh my. I cannot tell you how much I LOVE Temple Grandin. That movie is beyond inspiring. She visited a university in my state recently... I didn't know about it till afterwards and I was sick I didn't get to meet her in person.

Honored you are following my blog now. New friends are the best.


The Durrer Family said...

What a great idea! Sometimes the smaller events have a greater impact on the attendees - Congraulations!

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Copeland Clan said...

How fun to have an ag day. Thanks for helping to spread awareness. Temple Grandin taught my animal behavior class in college. She is indeed a neat lady.

Anonymous said...

Excellent work. We participate in an ag ed day through the local ag society that is directed through the schools. We have seven different stations with animals on display and speakers. It takes a lot of volunteers but is a great day. I love your idea of the baked potatoe bar.