Farm Safe transitions
In farming, seasons come and seasons go. Not always with grace, sometimes one holding on and sometimes one coming much too early. It has been a long and wet spring and the sun seems to be trying to come out in spite of more thunderstorms this morning and perhaps more to come later today.
The VT. AgrAbility Project is in transition too. Our funding came to an end April 30th and though some divine intervention from our Dean, Doug Lantagne at Extension, Gail Lapierre and I have been carried over in hopes that Vermont will be approved for a new 4 year grant cycle.
We certainly want to be able to continue to serve the farmers, farm families and farm workers with the AgrAbility Project. Due to all of the budget issues in Washington, there has been a hold-up with the USDA funding that supports the AgrAbility Program nationwide, and thus the grant review process has been longer then expected. Just last week we got word that the committees would meet to review the grant proposals in mid June and that awards would given in Mid July. Fingers crossed.
And with transitions, from one grant cycle to the next, changes happen. Blogging and other social media trends were basically on the fringe 4 years ago. Something that maybe your teenagers might know about. But now social networking, social marketing and social media are considered mandatory for all types of businesses. Developing a relationship with clients and colleagues and providing up to date information and services are all part of the plan now. This is one way to get your message out and to ignore it is to loose part of your voice and your ability to spread your vision.
And I will be transitioning too, leaving Extension for a position as a Loss Control Rep for Co-Operative Insurance Companies and moving back to NH. And so this next coming week I will be training Gail Lapierre, Margaret Gilman and even Boss Man George on the the basics of working the blog and the farm safe vt facebook site. I don’t think the blog will look any different, but the voices will be of others and the writing style will certainly change. This blogging thing only works if you write like you talk and think, and well, I am a bit off on a good day and over use words like and And AND most of the time.
Writing this blog has been ton of fun and I must thank the Dean, Doug Langtange and the guys up at the state office for letting me work a little bit out of the box. And tons and tons of thanks that go out to Boss Man George that let me do this in the first place. The guys in the office have had to endure my pre and post writing phases which are like team sports in my mind. Poor Linda, Lauren and Matt, Kirt and Amy have all had me burst into thier workspace when getting a piece up and ready. Another shout out to Brad and Emily in Washington who also allowed me to play.
But mostly, a huge and biggetst thank you to those of you who actually read what I write and make comments to me in the blog or otherwise. We have had over 32,000 hits on this little blog and tons of material from tick to chimney fires downloaded.
It has been my honor to be involved in this project.