Florida grows food too

Last month I was able to take a trip to the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT) Professional Development Conference, and luckily enough it was in Orlando, Florida! I headed south with 7 fellow Purdue ACT’ers and our great advisor! It was nice to soak up the sun before returning back to the snow and ice in Indiana and have a little fun before school was back in session.

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While in Florida I had the opportunity to learn more about Florida’s agriculture which was such a great experience, especially because living in Indiana the only agriculture I really see is corn and soybeans! The first day of the conference we went on an Ag tour. The first stop was at Fancy Farms, which is a strawberry farm. This stop was especially one of my favorites because not only was the farmer full of jokes but we were able to pick strawberries right out of the field and eat them! They were the best strawberries I have ever had in my life! While eating as many strawberries as I could I also learned that strawberries have around 200 seeds and all of them are on the outside which is the only fruit made like that.

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Our next stop was at a landscaping nursery, this was interesting to see because I really never thought of this as agriculture. We walked through a lot of greenhouses that were filled with different types of flowers, trees, bushes, and plants that I had never seen before. This stop was great to take pictures of the beautiful flowers that people can decorate the outside of their homes with.

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Stop number 3 was a visit to the Keel and Curley Winery, which is known for their blueberry wine! We were able to see the blueberries being grown and then take a tour of their brewery, where they are now even brewing specialty beer at this same location. It was really awesome to see the process of how the blueberry was grown to see it being used to then being able to walk into the store and see people purchasing their products, right there all in one spot. Something cool I thought they were making was canned wine, each can was the same amount as one glass of wine.

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Our final destination was at the groves of Florida’s Natural Orange Juice. We were able to see the groves that they pick the oranges from that they use in their orange juice. The group was also informed about the history of Florida’s Natural Orange Juice and learned about the difficulties that orange farmers face. My favorite part was sampling the new products that they are coming up with, which I must say were very delicious.

While in Florida, I learned a lot and it made me think more about where our food does come from. I never really thought about where my orange juice was coming from that I drink each morning or the difficulties that an orange farmer has to face to get an orange out of the groves to get into a carton of orange juice. I think that there are many agriculture food and non food products that many don’t think about where they come from. Think you know where your food is coming from? Take this quiz that the Washington Post has put out that quizzes you to see if you know where your food is coming from in the United States. Here is one hint… if it asks you about alligators, oranges, or strawberries…. choose Florida!

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10 ways to Survive the Indiana Cold

Its only November and BURRRR is it already cold! Winter is approaching us faster than we think! Here are some fun tips to stay warm through this cold season!

1. Forget about fashion 

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It’s better to dress warm, no matter how silly you may look, even if you look like Ralphie’s little brother Randy! Be sure to keep your hands and head covered.

2.Drink plenty of hot drinks! 

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Whether it be walking outside or warming up when you come home, you can always warm up with hot chocolate, hot tea, coffee, or hot apple cider!

3. Change the background on your phone.

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Change the background on your phone to something warm like a fire or a beach. It will take your mind off of the temperature.

4. Wear fuzzy socks!

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Wear the fuzziest, fluffiest, colorful, crazy socks you can find! Your feet will sure thank you!

5. Embrace the cold and have fun! 

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If you get into the mindset that you’re going to enjoy the cold, it can actually be fun! Go snowmobiling, build a snow angel, go ice skating, build a snowman, or throw a snowball!

 

6. Create a Netflix account 

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Stay indoors and binge watch your favorite TV show all day long.

7. Buy a Snuggie.

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A “snuggie” is warm and you can still use your hands! If you need a cheap snuggie wear your robe backwards!

8. Plan your Spring Break!

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While your stuck inside, plan your warm getaway! It will be here before you know it!

9. Snug and Snack in bed! 

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Stay in bed all day long! Enjoy some snacks and stay warm!

 

10. or just act like its warm!

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Act like it is warm outside and just get in the hot tub in the snow!

 

 

 

 

 

Athletes choose Milk

November is right around the corner and in Indiana many people know what is ahead… BASKETBALL SEASON!

The best time of the year!

My brother is a sophomore in high school and has been training for this upcoming season since the day after they lost sectionals last year. If he isn’t practicing on the court, he is outside shooting free throws. Every week he lifts weights and goes to speed school to improve his game. He is dedicated and wants to improve his skills any way he can.

During Fall Break, I went to our hometown gym to workout with him and my dad. You could  tell that I have been slacking and not been to the gym in awhile. The boys could lift almost triple me and I could not catch my breath after running. Right after we worked out my brother got chocolate milk from the gas station.

I was confused why he would get that instead of Gatorade or a bottle of water. He told me that chocolate milk is a really good recovery drink after having a tough work out. Chocolate milk contains nutrients like calcium, potassium, protein, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins D, A, and B12, and phosphorus. These nutrients help your body rebuild and refuel what your body may have lost during the workout.

So, not only is chocolate milk delicious but it also helps an athlete’s future performance. Some studies have shown that drinking low-fat chocolate milk after a hard workout can improve athletes power and even improve training times in future exercise. Also, it can reduce soreness the next day!

Chocolate milk is an easy and inexpensive way for athletes to improve their skill in whatever sport they may participate in. Chocolate milk has been able to keep up with the changing times by being easy accessible and it comes in a nice grab-and-go bottle. You can find milk anywhere! It could be at the gas station, a restaurant, or the grocery store. There are also different types of milk that everyone can enjoy and different flavors.

So, the next time you have a tough workout cool down with a refreshing glass of chocolate milk! Not only will your body thank you, but your teammates will too!

& Enjoy the Lake

  Labor Day Weekend, “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well being of their country.” So what is the best way to celebrate your hard work? Going to the Lake!

There is no better place in the world than relaxing on the water.  Listening to music and soaking up the sun, all while enjoying the beautiful view around you. You get a nice tan and never get too hot because you have the cool breeze blowing through your hair riding around on the boat. But if you do start to feel the heat, no worries just jump on in!

Go tubing, skiing and wakeboarding with your friends even though you may feel it tomorrow! Try to catch a fish for dinner or just go out to eat on the lake.

There is no dress code and you don’t have to worry about bringing a watch because you run on lake time! Enjoy the ones around you and share a few laughs. Take a nap, enjoy the sunset, and take a lot of pictures because these memories will last a lifetime.

So this Labor Day, put your feet up, take a break, sit back and relax, and enjoy the lake.

“Twas the night before the Indiana State Fair

After a long day preparing for opening day of the Indiana State Fair, my fellow intern Armenda and I crafted this fair-inspired re-make..check it out! 

‘Twas the night before the Indiana State Fair and all through the grounds, the only thing you could hear was Lynard Skynard’s rockin’ sound. Antique tractors lined up by Pioneer Village with care, in hopes that fairgoers would soon be there.

4-H’er’s were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of purple banners danced in their heads. And pigs in their pens and cattle at the tie-outs had just settled down for a cool summer night out. 

When out on the midway there arose such a clatter, I came out of the Glass Barn to see what was the matter. Away to the golf cart I ran in a dash, grabbed my camera and quickly turned on the flash.

When what to my wondering eyes did appear, but the midway arch sign lit up all bright and clear! Everyone was in awe of the bright shiny lights, but what they loved most was the new coliseum at night.

 I took one last look around this beloved fair before I come back tomorrow when the balloons will be up in the air.

Don’t Worry Be Happy

This week I attended Ag Media Summit, which is a meeting of ag industry’s top writers, editors, photographers, publishers and ag communicator specialists. Going into the Summit I hoped that I would make a lot of great contacts within the ag industry, which I did and I could not be more thankful for  that opportunity but little did I know that the keynote speaker, Craig Zablocki (who was not in the ag industry) would make me think about life completely different.

He spoke about how people lead by example.. He did an exercise where he told everyone to make a fist and put it on his or her chin but when he said that he put it on his cheek. A group of highly educated leaders did not listen to him, but did exactly what he was doing on stage… putting their fist on their cheek. As he pointed it out the room was full of laughter.

His next topic was about children. He shared with the group that children laugh around 300-400 times a day! That’s is a lot of laughter compared to the adult who laughs only 15-20 times a day!  Children are not scared to say what might be funny in their head or how they are feeling at the exact moment even if it may sound ridiculous. They have courage to do anything.  They are not scared to speak in front of crowds or dance when they feel like it. They don’t care what others think of them. They are fearless.

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This got me thinking. He was right! Why do we care so much about what others think… why don’t we make ourselves happy? Why don’t we laugh more often? Why don’t we sing in the car more often? Why don’t we smile at strangers? Why don’t we just dance in random places? If you’re having a great day show it! Wake up with the attitude that you’re going to make it a great day! Lead by example have a smile on your face! Say good morning to your secretary or your professor. LAUGH! Why be stressed over something that you can’t do anything about? Start living your life fearlessly! What is the worst that could happen? He then went on to talk about as we grow older our lives as adults become very busy and stressful. We don’t take time to enjoy the moment in life we are living. We don’t take steps out of our comfort zones because we worry about what others think. We constantly worry about things that are completely out of our control.

Are you going to have a bad day here and there? Yes we all do. But don’t dwell on it. Its in the past. You cant do anything about it. Live in the moment!

Spend time with your family.

Be silly with your friends.

& Enjoy life.