Next week marks our third annual #Foodthanks celebration. This is the time of year that we want to slow down and reflect on all the blessings we have. One of those blessings is all the food choices we have in this nation. Farmers, ranchers, processors, butchers, bakers, chefs, grocers, truckers and more all make it possible for us to have healthy food on plates.
This next Tuesday and Wednesday (November 20-21) we encourage you to show your #Foodthanks !
Join our monthly #FoodChat twitter conversation Tuesday, November 20 from 8:00pm – 10:00pm ET. We will be talking #Foodthanks and of course the upcoming Thanksgiving celebration. Direct message @Foodchat any questions you would like to have included in the conversation.
On Wednesday, November 21st, continue the #Foodthanks conversation. Tweet your favorite recipe, farm blog or tell us why you are giving #Foodthanks. Show the Twitter world your #Foodthanks story.
On Tuesday, November 20th, we will be hosting our first ever Facebook Party from 8:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m. ET! Similar to our traditional Twitter conversations, we will be engaging in a conversation that focuses on #Foodthanks. Make sure to join the community and show your #Foodthanks.
On Wednesday, November 21st, we will be asking you to share with us your #Foodthanks story. Share your pictures, blog posts and thoughts on your own personal #Foodthanks.
Join us now as we are pinning our #Foodthanks. Follow our #Foodthanks board and we will ask you to join our community and pin your #Foodthanks. Do you have a favorite food blog? How about grandma’s secret pumpkin pie recipe? Pin a picture showing how your family farm makes #Foodthanks possible. Join us on Pinterest now.
What makes you give #Foodthanks?
This is going to be a very exciting week for all of agriculture. AgChat Foundation is excited to share with you a great opportunity to empower all of agriculture. And we need YOU to make it happen. That is right, this week you can make a difference in agriculture, with just a click of a button.
AgChat Foundation was selected to take part in a nationwide giving event on Thursday,June 14th. Across the nation not-for-profit organizations will be competing to receive $30,000 in prizes in a day long Twive and Receive event. YOU can help the agriculture community come out on top. As far we can tell, AgChat Foundation was the only agriculture organization selected for this event. By winning, our agriculture community will show the nation that farmers and ranchers really do care about the mission to connect with others to tell our story.
Winning Thursday’s Twive and Receive event will also mean:
- Support of the weekly #AgChat conversation,
- Continuation of the premier social media training conference,
- More regional social media training conferences in YOUR area.
We honestly do not know what it will take to win, but we do know that we have a very supportive community of agvocates just like YOU. We have a goal to have 500 agvocates donate on Thursday, June 14th.
Here is what you can do help:
On Thursday, June 14th make a donation on the AgChat Foundation Twive and Receive fundraising page. Any donation amount helps! Consider donating a dollar a day ($365). That amount will help sponsor one person to the highly successful AgChat Foundation Training Conference. If you are a past participant, you know how powerful meeting and training with other agvocates is. Give the gift of agvocate empowerment to someone else.
Share that you support agriculture and the AgChat Foundation mission. On June 14th follow and use the hashtag #Twivereceive to see AgChat Foundation’s progress on Twitter. After you make your donation grab a Twive and Receive Twibbon for your avatar. Also, make sure to share the AgChat Foundation Facebook page to let others know that you support “Agvocacy”
We are really pumped up for this event! I hope that you can join AgChat Foundation and all of agriculture on that day and show your support for our mission of empowering farmers and ranchers to connect in communities using social media platforms.
Remember: Donations must be received on June 14th. Any amount helps!
Thank you to everyone who supports our mission. We cannot do it without you!
By: Darin Grimm, AgChat Foundation President
In-depth discussions of our eating habits has gone mainstream. No longer can we simply grab a simple meal, a salad, a burger and fries, a bowl of cereal, without our choices being analyzed, praised and criticized. Often all at the very same time!
The random collision of two events this Saturday, May 19th demonstrates the incredible diversity that exists. First, we have Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day. Jamie, a leading celebrity chef, has made it a personal mission to “get people cooking again”. His effort has gained a lot of traction, there’s additional goals that have been added, but at it’s core, it’s about getting people to cook their own food. As a farmer, I think that is a wonderful thing!
The second event this weekend is Ag Pizza Day. It has been organized by a group of farmers as a way to say “Thank You” to Domino’s Pizza. Thanking Domino’s for turning to the experts in animal care and behavior, as they evaluate their corporate purchasing strategies. Everyone loves pizza, and I hope you join the rest of the ag community in having a Domino’s Pizza this weekend.
At first glance, these two events might seem almost contradictory, yet they really represent all the diversity, the challenges, but yet the potential that is our food system. There will not be a single method that feeds us affordably into the future. It will require a diverse food supply, folks who cook at home ranging from frequently to only on rare occasion, folks that would rather pay someone else to prepare most of their meals. It will require the most modern technology we can develop to coax the maximum production from our animals and soil, and it will require tender, loving hands to care for those same animals and soil in the way only a heart can.
Yes, we need both, we need the diversity in our food system. So my encouragement to you, recognizing the diversity that is being celebrated on May 19th, have a Domino’s for lunch, and than treat yourself to a home-cooked dinner of whatever it is you enjoy making/eating the most!
Want to follow the action online?
Make sure to join the Ag Pizza Day Event on Facebook