Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Try This Serving Option for Cheese Next Time

One of my dealership friends shared this with me today. Here's an idea to serve cheese next time you have a get together, and the cutting board just doesn't scream 'farm' enough for you. I would question the practicality of it, but I guess the LCBO Food & Drink Magazine editors needed some colour on the page. I wonder what emotional reaction they were looking for from readers? 

I can say, I'm darn disappointed I have plans on June 4 & 5, and I won't be traveling to Picton to eat cheese. This sounds like my kind of event!

John Deere tractor and cheese
LCBO Food & Drink Magazine, Early Summer edition

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Savvy Farmgirl... finally

Well, I'm here.

It took some time. 2 years, 6 months + handful of days of blogging and tweeting, before I entered the ag social media circle. Officially. I was always kind of there, since it's hard to not follow your passions. Now, I'm present and accounted for, I guess you could say.

Before now, if you didn't know me, I was Savvy Homegirl. Attempting to blog on my experiences as a single, female homeowner. It was a reasonable attempt. I would give it a C+. When I started, I had big dreams of becoming as famous as Young House Love. Unfortunately, I forgot to take into account my full-time job (complete with regular travel), 3+ hours of volunteering per week and regular weekend visits to friends and family. As of late, I found myself with little to blog about and even less time to do it. I felt I was doing an injustice to Savvy Homegirl. There were no home improvements to tell of, because there was no time to do improvements to start with.

I had long thought about how I would participate in social media in ag. When I started blogging, John Deere didn't even have a Facebook page. I don't know if we would have known how to use it if we did. That's my opinion anyway, since I work there. A lot has changed since then. We not only have Facebook, but we use YouTube on a regular basis and are incorporating SM into nearly every campaign in some fashion.

Participating in a Canadian Agri-Marketing Association (CAMA) webinar a few weeks ago, I was finally pushed over the edge. blogger, Shaun Haney was sharing some insights on SM use by Canadian farmers, and I couldn't wait anymore. My life and my passions are all centered around agriculture. My day-to-day work at John Deere sometimes provides enough post-worthy content on its own, so it was time for Savvy Homegirl to become Savvy Farmgirl.

Do I have high hopes this time? 

Not really. But, I do have a story to tell. Hopefully, you'll decide it's worth listening to.