There's an old saying about doing the same old thing and getting the same old results, but it's clear to me that world is changing so rapidly that doing the same thing may no longer get the same results and leaders of organizations need to always be thinking about doing things differently to get different results. I've been at very different farms in recent weeks, but heard this same message about changing with the times.
Two weeks ago, I was at Honey Dew Acres, assisting the owner, and my cousin, with the "Help Sami Kick Cancer" event. While this was a fundraiser for the St. Lawrence County Cancer Fund, there is no way it could have been pulled off if this horse farm's owners had not been taking an entrepreneurial approach. The facilities and operations they have put in place to make the farm a viable business also allowed them to host this incredibly successful fundraiser.
|Barley sprouts growing|
on the barn floor
- Fobare's Fruits in Renssalaer Falls has turned what started as a hobby apple orchard into a large orchard and a destination, with their store and Fort Applewood playground.
- Our second stop took us to a dairy farm at Black Lake that is growing barley sprouts on a concrete floor to supplement their cow's feed.
- And our third stop was at Bella-Brooke Vineyard in Hammond, where we saw an old dairy farm converted to a vineyard and event space.
|Dan Kent gives a tour of the farm to GardenShare supporters.|
* Don't know what the Sustainers Circle is? It's a group of people who have made a three year pledge to GardenShare. The pledge can be in any amount, but the three year commitment is so important to a small organization like GardenShare for it lets us make plans free of some of the angst of annual fundraising. Contact Gloria if you would like to learn more.