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October 4, 2012

LEADERSHIP CHRONICLES: Pay dirt

The struggles and success stories of Niagara farmers

Niagara Gazette — Imagine pulling an apple right off a tree and taking a crunchy, juicy bite. Now, think about the last time you drank an ice cold glass of milk with that chocolate chip cookie. Or swabbed that ear of steaming hot corn with a tab of soft butter and noticed how, when you finally took a bite, the kernels popped in your mouth in little explosions of flavor.

If you love to eat food — if you find yourself closing your eyes and whispering "mmmmmmmm," while tasting something delectable, then you are surely what people these days call "a foodie."

I know I am one.  While I hardly ever pay full price for necessary items like shoes or clothing,  I don't blink spending my last dime on fine, fresh food. 

So, when my Leadership Niagara Class participated in "Agriculture Day," I knew this was my kind of adventure.  One recent, sunny, autumn day, my classmates and I got a chance to tour a variety of area farms and see where some of the food on our grocery shelves originates. As always, I was enlightened about the Niagara Region.

"I think people should know where their food comes from," said Leadership Niagara director Molly Anderson, who calls this agriculture day her favorite in the leadership program. 

Just to remind you, in January I signed up for the Leadership Niagara 2012 class. Me and my classmates, a mix of bankers, educators, law officers  and other area professionals, meet once a month to enhance our leadership capabilities and learning more about our community. I'm in the program at the request of my publisher, Pete Mio, and while I was initially hesitant to devote so much time on any one enterprise, I have been delighted in both my classmates and the program experiences.

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