On Tuesday April 3rd Duck and I visited the State House for the 2012 Ag Day! We were able to talk to many people: farmers, those within the USDA and Dept. of Ag and possible volunteers about the program.I spoke to farmers in and out of our gleaning territory, and hopefully was able to get a few contacts for us this next season. Additionally many people were interested in establishing their own gleaning network, or connecting with an established one, so even if you are out of our territory, stay tuned for info from the newly established Mass Gleaning Network!
Others visitors involved groups looking for volunteering opportunities and many many high school Ag School students. One group told me about how they were learning about animal husbandry, from taking Environmental Science their freshman year up to Veterinary Science, Mammals, Reptiles and Birds their junior and senior years. I also met a writer for the Edible Boston Magazine, and saw Sandy Hooper, our amazing filmmaker who made our BAG video last season. Have you seen it? It makes me want to get out and glean right now!
Unfortunately I had to leave early and couldn't meet with the Representatives attending the event, but it was a fun few hours for me, learning about other organizations and educating people of all ages and backgrounds on the work that BAG does.