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The Best Conversations About Food and Agriculture Start with This (aka Final Post of This Blog Project)

The best conversations about food and agriculture start with respect. Agriculture has so many lightning rods (GMOs, livestock production and care, land stewardship, pesticides) which stir strong responses. But if you approach the conversation with respect it is amazing what can be accomplished along the way. The point of this blog was to share our conversation about food and agriculture in a respectful manner. When we started discussing the idea of a blog project to share our food and agriculture conversations we knew that we had to start with respect. Nearly a year after starting this project we still have differences and those differences may never be resolved, but we listen to each other and respect each other’s opinions. Sadly, we have to pull the plug on this project a little sooner than we anticipated so this is our final blog post. Coincidentally, both of us had some major changes occur in our lives about the same time. No worries, it is all good! But this leaves us little time to manage this project.
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What worked well with this project?
As we mentioned above we came to the conversation with mutual respect; we also came to this project with a high level of trust. We knew each other prior to this project but we had never worked together on a project. We were able to listen to each other without attempting to start a debate. We used skype video conferencing early in the project so we could read each other’s facial expressions. As we became more comfortable with each other we relied exclusively on email to exchange ideas and write our conversations.
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What didn’t go so well with this project?
We could have done a better job turning out more content. Unfortunately, due to Andy’s schedule he was only able to commit to about one or two conversations a month. In a social media world that is saturated with messaging, our low frequency of publishing meant our blog posts got lost in the noise. Andy had $100 in ad words credit that was used to help promote this blog but we don’t feel this helped much. We are willing to share our stats if you would like to see them, just let one of us know.
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What would we do differently?
Pictures are worth a thousand words, so we think incorporating more images into our posts would have helped engage our readers.
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We enjoyed the project and even though we won’t be posting here anymore we are excited to follow the dynamic conversation about food and agriculture.
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Thank you,
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Lindsay Hotmire & Andy Kleinschmidt