Taking Pride in My Hometown — AgChat Swap Meet

The last couple of days, I’ve seen the #ACFC11 hashtag (the AgChat Foundation‘s Conference in Nashville August 22-23) lighting up with excitement of meeting folks we’ve been talking to for months or even years, as well as seeing friends we rarely get to see. Well, as I was trying to strong arm my friend, California almond farmer Brent Boersma (Twitter, blog) into bringing me almonds, I thought about the fact last year I returned from ACFC10 with some lavender Jan Hoadley grew and dried on her Slow Money Farm (Twitter, blog). I also thought about a discussion with logger Mark Lathrop (Twitter, blog) about things that he should see as he makes the trip to my part of the world.

Add all that together and I have a proposal.

mini cotton bale like I may take

JP’s #ACFC11 Go Local Proposal

Let’s plan ahead (where possible) and bring a few things from home that we think people should know about where we’re from. I have to admit that it seems like popcorn farmers Ryan Weeks (Twitter, Blog) and Zach Hunnicutt (Twitter) have an easy crowd pleaser. (I’ve given testimony on popcorn from Ryan’s before). 

We could do this like Olympic athletes trade pins, by bringing fun things from home we can trade around with others at #ACFC11.  I’m thinking I may get a good size bag of almonds (I’ll even call them ammonds to make Brent happy) for some cool Elvis paraphenalia! Or what may I get in exchange for a small cotton bale? One of the wildly popular cotton koozies? Do you see where I’m going? Sort of an AgChat Swap Meet.

Knowing there are 75 participants, plus people like me who get to lead sessions, it’s not feasible for us all to try and bring enough for the 100-125 people who may be there. BUT, by bringing one or two dozen things to barter…. can all be the same or different…. you could have a chance to trade with several people from other areas of the country. Its just an idea that helps each of us take home a bit of our friends hometown.

These should not be expensive — and they could be free from a local association or your stash of swag you have lying around. And just think about what sort of conversation piece these trinkets could be in another area of the country. A great way to get someone else to tell part of your story. And you never know, someone may end up writing a blog post about the awesomeness!

Show of Interest?

I’d like to get a show of hands on who may be interested. We can keep tally of folks here in the comments.

About Janice Person

I'm Janice & this blog is about my passions -- photography, travel, agriculture & whatever else comes to mind. Putting all those things together is intriguing to me…. I can spend a lot of time soaking it up! It's almost always a colorful adventure!

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45 Responses to Taking Pride in My Hometown — AgChat Swap Meet

  1. Kathy July 14, 2011 at 5:38 am #

    Great idea JP! I’m in!

  2. Ryan Goodman July 14, 2011 at 5:40 am #

    You’ve got my interest… Now I’m just trying to think of what I can bring.

  3. SlowMoneyFarm July 14, 2011 at 7:36 am #

    I’m in!

  4. Alec Winmill July 14, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    I’m in, JP!

  5. Mark Lathrop July 14, 2011 at 4:28 pm #

    Sounds like fun…I’m in…already have an Idea or 2 to bring.

    • JPlovesCOTTON July 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      Not sure a redwood will fit in the truck so maybe you can go smaller!

  6. Ryan July 14, 2011 at 7:06 pm #

    I am in. Now, what to bring. Have a month to think about it.

    • JPlovesCOTTON July 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm #

      I’m sure you can think of something — ask the kids for help!

  7. Mark Lathrop July 14, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

    No cow pies please…

    • Valentina's Equine Blog August 1, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      I had some “cow pies” from Iowa and they were delicious! (they were made from chocolate & peanuts) LOL

  8. Wayne Black July 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm #

    Great idea JP. I had an idea… then Mark L. said no to it… 🙂 Have to think of something else.

  9. Carrie Mess July 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm #

    I’m in! Say really good cheese!

  10. Courtney Meyers July 18, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    This is a fun idea! Who wants some Texas Tech gear? Since this is West Texas, I could also find some tumbleweeds. 🙂

    • JPlovesCOTTON July 18, 2011 at 12:17 pm #

      Go Red Raiders!

    • Ryan Goodman July 18, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      Does that mean I can bring you some Ok State gear?

      • JPlovesCOTTON July 18, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

        BAHAHAHAHA! Who’s bring A&M, Nebraska, Ohio State….. this could get BLOODY!

  11. Sara Uttech July 18, 2011 at 11:48 am #

    Great idea! Cheeseheads, anyone?!

  12. Sarah July 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm #

    I’m in! I have a stash of “I Love Animals, They’re Delicious” bumperstickers that I think some may enjoy… 🙂

  13. Nathan Smith July 19, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Great idea! On board – expect some Texas cotton and cattle products.

  14. Valentina's Equine Blog August 1, 2011 at 11:07 am #

    This is a great idea. I wish I had something to barter, maybe a post on my blog about your items.

    • JPlovesCOTTON August 1, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

      That works, but so would most anything that shows a bit of where you live & what you love.

  15. sam wildman August 1, 2011 at 11:19 am #

    Great idea JP. I’m in. I have an interesting fact about where I’m from that I’m curious who might remember from their past….BTW…GO BUCKS! O-H-I-O

  16. Colleen Newvine Tebeau August 1, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Brooklyn, NY has become quite the epicenter of local food goodness, from rooftop honeybee hives to cheese, beer and wine. I’ll have to figure out something truly local ag (as opposed to just produced here) that travels well. I love some of the NYC pickles but I’m imagining my entire suitcase smelling like vinegar and dill.

    • JPlovesCOTTON August 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      I would kill for a good NY bagel… Well maybe not but dang I miss that & my local pizza place!

  17. Katie @Pinke Post August 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm #

    OF COURSE I’m in but I’m going to have check a bag full of all that I’m bringing!

  18. Ryan Goodman August 10, 2011 at 12:26 pm #

    I figured out what I’m bringing! It’s a tasty Arkansas-grown product.

  19. Amy August 10, 2011 at 2:30 pm #

    This is just ur way of tricking me into sharing my fine KY made small batch bourbon. ;

    • JPlovesCOTTON August 10, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

      Well, if the trick works, I’m okay with that!

  20. Jeralyn Stephens (@AgCommunicator) August 15, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    Love this idea, I am thinking about bringing Dublin Dr. Pepper to share. It is the “real” (made with pure sugar cane) Dr. Pepper made in the small town of Dublin, TX.

    • JPlovesCOTTON August 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

      That sounds great! I love cane sugar, sugar beet sugar and high fructose corn syrup sodas. The Dublin Dr. Peppers are a rarity so you have a good one there!


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