I want to do more. My full time work is with an ad agency so I spend a lot of time helping other businesses market themselves. As a result, I find I neglect my own farm operation. At the same time, I am constantly being asked by my friends and peers "How can I do more?" A hands-on training would help me with my confidence and be able to communicate practical, actionable things that I and others can do.
Another issue is knowing how to deal with controversial issues and helping to bridge the gap between so called "conventional farmers" and "new farmers." I am active in a variety of ag groups and that is one of the biggest issues: bringing everyone to the table and having a civil discussion.
My husband and I operate a 100-acre diversified livestock farm in southern Maryland. We raise grass-fed and pastured meats (beef, goat, lamb, chicken, pork) as well as eggs.
UPDATE (Aug. 26): The contest has now ended. Thank you for voting for your favorite. Congratulations to the winner of the 2013 AgChat Scholarship, Anna Leigh Peek.