On a farm like ours, it is hard to get away because the livestock are always hungry, whether you need a vacation or not. However, now that the garden is done for the year and the stand has only a few more weeks left, it is easier to plan to get away.
I am so excited to be leaving for a trip to North Carolina this week. Dan will be staying here at the farm and watching the stand for me this Saturday, as well as taking care of the animals and birds. I will be on a working vacation of sorts. I am headed to Cary, NC for the annual conference of the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, an organization dedicated to the preservation of endangered livestock breeds. I'm hoping to learn a lot and meet folks who are dedicated to small farming and heritage breeds, like us. And I am beyond excited to actually be one of about a dozen presenters on Saturday! My presentation is titled "Horse Farming 101: How We Farm with Belgians." I'll be sharing photos of us at work, explaining why we choose to farm with horses, what we see as the advantages to using draft power, and describing some of the tasks and antique machinery we use here. I will be one of three morning breakout sessions running concurrently, so I have no idea how many conference attendees will choose to hear my story, but I think it is very exciting. It's certainly the biggest presentation I've ever done...it's for a national audience! So today, I'm putting the finishing touches on my PowerPoint and running through it. I'm also doing laundry and packing my bags, because three of my siblings live about an hour away, so I'll spend a few days relaxing and visiting with them before heading back to the farm. I'll be sure to post photos and details when I return!
For more information about the ALBC, its mission, and the conference schedule, check out http://www.albc-usa.org !