Wednesday evening the girls and I headed over to NIACC for the Midwest Environmental Education Conference . We’d been asked to come and set up a display about our farm as part of their “Appetizers and Advertisers” program.
I wish we could have offered samples of our meat, but we are just plain out of everything except for a couple of t-bone steaks. Sorry, Public, but I’m not sharing my last two t-bones with you.
There were not a huge number of people there, and most were not from the north central Iowa area, so I don’t expect much to come of it in the way of new customers. But at least I got a display made that I can use again in the future.
The whole evening was made worthwhile for me just because our table was next to Phyllis and Paul Willis of Niman Ranch. Paul was the first hog producer to sign on with Niman Ranch back in 1995, thus beginning Niman Ranch Pork Company. These are celebrities in the sustainable ag world. And how flattered was I when Phyllis already “knew” us because she’s been reading this blog! And how excited was Matt when I told him she had invited us to come and see their farm! We will take you up on that Phyllis, hope you were serious!
In the end I came away with my enthusiasm restored a bit. A good thing. Lord knows it’s waned a bit lately.