Prepare for the Holidays with #FoodChat

The #AgChat & #FoodChat communities are certainly a fun collection of eclectic individuals. Whether its farming or food, we welcome everyone choosing to do things their own way. The discussions on Tuesday night are to increase understanding and extend our networks. That’s exactly what this week’s moderator for #FoodChat — Shaun Haney of RealAgriculture — has in mind as he showcases his individuality in a couple of ways.

  • He decided to buck convention by picking a topic — holiday baking — that many may wrongly assume is a topic best covered by women.
  • He created a blog post and video (below) to provide an intro to help create a buzz of excitement.
  • There is something about a man in a Santa hat and a Christmas apron that just sets them apart from the mundane. If that’s not enough, he puts on a little cologne in the video so he smells as good as the cookies he’s baking!
  • Be sure you join the crowd sending in questions to @FoodChat and getting ready to trade tips during a chat on holiday baking. Whether you bake old school, are all nouveau or simply enjoy eating baked goods during the holidays, you will enjoy the conversation!

    (PS — Shaun’s inspired others too… be sure to read the comments! If you do a video reply, please set the width to 375 for the embed code, that way it will fit easily in the column.)

    AGCHAT FOUNDATION STARTS 2011 WITH ATLANTA TRAINING SEMINAR

    The AgChat Foundation (ACF) is excited to announce an afternoon hands-on training seminar in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, January 8th, 2011 from 3 to 6 pm. Training is a major pillar of the Foundation and this unique opportunity provides an excellent opportunity for farmers attending AgConnect equipment show, American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual meeting and the National Cotton Council’s Beltwide Cotton Conference a chance to spend a few hours focused on telling their farm’s story using social media.

    Register for AgChat Foundation Training Atlanta 2011 in Atlanta, United States  on Eventbrite

    Ray Prock, ACF secretary and a dairy farmer from California, says “The concept is to take advantage of the opportunity of having so many good agvocates gathered in one place, broaden the Foundation’s reach & further empower a small group of farmers to increase social media skills and knowledge.”

    Prock said the plan includes a three-hour hour hands-on session featuring ACF Board members and others in the AgChat community as trainers and presenters.

    “The training held in Chicago was an incredible success,” Prock says. “We saw farmers start blogs, create Facebook pages and do videos after that. We will be less intense in Atlanta however we think the focused few hours will provide a great base and with the support network participating in these other events, there will be a lot of opportunity to use and further develop these skills.” [Read more...]