Wednesday, July 6, 2022

My Daily Digest: November 17, 2020

Hands-on farming experience for consumers  There’s a convention creative writing students are taught early on: show, don’t tell. It’s a trick that the Open Farms initiative takes quite literally.

Farmers can describe the good things they’re doing until they’re blue in the face, but giving someone the opportunity to see and experience it is something else entirely.

And not only can people see the farm, they can meet the farmer whose heart and soul has gone into it. They can experience the emotional connection to the land.

So, it’s fantastic that Open Farms is back for 2021. It’ll give another chance for people to get out on a farm and see what really goes on.

We often talk about telling our farming story, but showing it might be even better.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many is an experience worth?


Bryan Gibson


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7:40pm – The Government is pushing ahead with tree limits, but at what price? Forest Owners Association president Phil Taylor shares his concerns. 


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