Her name was Sally Pig. She was my first 4-H project. I was 10 years old and I picked her out, fed her, walked her, watered her, bathed her, and played with her all by myself. I took my responsibilities very seriously, I knew if I didn’t take care of her no one else would, because it was MY job. I also knew I was saving for something called “college” and this would help me do that.
10 year old me, walking Sally around the Ranch.
Sally Pig was my launching pad. She’s the reason I am here right now. My first successful project led to almost a decade of 4-H and FFA memberships and projects. Those led to college educations, collegiate memberships, travel, experience, jobs, friendships, outreach, and advocacy. Sally was turning point in my life – it was the point where I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt agriculture would always be a major part of who I am.
What makes this story so much sweeter is my Grandfather, Fletcher, bought Sally. A little background on my Grandfather, he was not one to go the fair, register to be a buyer, and buy one of his grandkid’s 4-H project. He was not warm, fuzzy or involved with the day to day lives of his many grandchildren, except for me. It was huge he bought my first 4-H project, a fact that was not lost on a ten year old me. Year’s later, after Grandfather had passed away, and we were cleaning out his personal effects, we found the thank you note and buyer’s award. He had saved them. And Sally was the first and only 4-H project he’d ever purchased.
My Mom saved the check stub from my first 4-H pig
I’ve always liked to think he took an interest in me because he knew I would be the one grandchild most likely to continue the family’s cattle ranching legacy. The fact that my Grandfather was so eager to support my agricultural passion, makes me want to support others.
The Beef Jar has the best readers. The response to The Scholarship has been pretty spectacular. It’s only been live for two weeks and my readers have already donated 10% of the $5,000 I need to establish the scholarship. I want to give some recognition to my very first donators!!!!! Oddly enough, I only “know” one of these people in “real life”, the rest I’ve met through social media; facebook, this blog or twitter. It’s heartwarming to see the positive that social media can do. Folks, if you have a few minutes I urge you to learn a little more about these wonderful people who are joining my quest to help the next generation of Farmers and Ranchers!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for donating friends!
Meghan Brown – https://twitter.com/#!/SimpleAsDirt
Ian H Moore – http://anirishmaleinamerica.wordpress.com/
Andrew Danielsen – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1444083473&ref=ffa#!/profile.php?id=595855631
Michael Dulock – http://www.concordprime.com/
Daniel Taylor – http://danieltaylor.tumblr.com/
Chelsea Parisio – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001877191606&sk=wall#!/profile.php?id=100001877191606&sk=info
Carrie Chestnut-Mills – http://dairycarrie.com/
When you use the button below to donate please make a note that you are donating to the Fletcher Brown Memorial Scholarship in the memo section. I also can accept checks made out to the Butte College Foundation. All donations are tax deductible!
Please, please, please let me know who you are, if you donate. It’s very important to me that people get recognition for helping me with this, I’m a big believer in thank you notes!
- Fletcher Brown and his horse Morris
I got the most amazing opportunity this past weekend. I got to “open my barn door” and show two people from L.A. our Ranch. It was amazing. Honestly, I was nervous and a little scared about it. But it could not have gone better! Even Jacob the house Bald Eagle made an appearance!
(yeah that is me freaking out – Bald Eagles are freaking cool).
I’ve been offering tours of the Ranch for years now, Sean and Laura were the very first people to take me up on it. I’d never met them in “real life” until they drove all the way up here from Southern California! I ‘met’ Sean (Aka Meat Me) over twitter this past Fall. His passion for all things meat put mine to shame, I loved it and wanted to help in any way possible.
Now I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but Sean is doing a project called MOO to MOUTH: MEAT a True Love Story. This project will take a look at women in the beef and meat industry – basically a way better version of pasture to plate. In addition to myself, Sean took photos and videos of Jenny Dewey of Chico Locker and Sausage and Lindy & Grundy in West Hollywood. Why don’t I just let his poster speak for itself?
While they were on the Ranch, Sean took some videos. He told me I could share them with you guys as a “preview” if you will. Since I haven’t delved into video production yet, I’m totally stealing these from him to put on this blog! (Thanks Sean!)
(Play this song, it was the one I was talking about in the clip)
(I had the “flu” here. Please forgive me.)
I’d just like to thank Sean and Laura again for driving all the way up here! Putting up with my massive
bottle flu, and for having an interest in what I do. This was such a positive experience for me, and literally made me practice what I preach. I hope this project both educates and inspires. This experience along with the shorty nomination and scholarship has really given my passion a boost. Watch out America!
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