Late late summer, we received a HUGE surprise! We were informed that we were selected as our dairy co-op’s (Dairy Farmers of America) Mideast Area Member of Distinction! We were thrilled of course, but honestly had no idea what that meant! Ha! It truly has been a great honor and a fun experience starting with a photo shoot they came to our farm and did last October.
This past Monday – Wednesday DFA flew us to Kansas City, MO where we attended their 2012 Annual Meeting. Tuesday night my husband and I were honored to be able to accept the Member of Distinction award on behalf of Alpine Hills Dairy Farm and the Colson family. After waiting 5 months since the farm photo shoot they did for us, Tuesday night we were finally able to see some photos and a wonderful video they put together about the farm! It was very special. I so enjoyed listening to the 6 other Member of Distinction stories as well and learning about the outstanding things that they are doing on their farms.
Click here to view more photos of our farm and family from the DFA Member of Distinction photo shoot! I should have access to the video DFA put together about our farm in the next couple weeks.
We were so thankful to be able to attend the DFA Annual Meeting for the first time……for me the people were really the best part. We had a number of wonderful people come introduce themselves to us and share their knowledge. We are truly thankful.
Our family photo as part of a display at the DFA Meeting.
Our reserved table at the banquet.
With our field rep, Dave Moore.
We drank a ridiculous amount of chocolate milk while at the meeting!
Just a portion of the products that milk from our DFa co-op goes into!
Dean (my father-in-law’s) photo in one of the programs at the DFA meeting.
In just four days my husband and I head to Kansas City, MO for the Dairy Farmers of America Annual Meeting! We are excited to experience this event for the first time – and all expenses paid makes it even better! Last fall, we found out that our dairy farm, Alpine Hills Dairy Farm, was selected as a DFA Member of Distinction. It was hilarious at the time because we all had no clue what that meant or how we even won the award! We were and still are very honored to be chosen for this.
As part of the experience, DFA flew out a writer, and a photographer and his assistant to our farm last October. The writer, a sweet lady named Kara, interviewed each one of us to gather material for the article that will be published in the DFA Leader magazine sometime this spring. The photographer, Shaun Cloud, and his assistant Johanna, spent the entire day (at least 8 hours) filming and taking photos of the farm. They did anything for a great shot: climbed fences, laid in the mud, and even got licked but a few of our friendly Brown Swiss cows! They even came back a second day and shot photos and videos of one of our Country Pumpkins Dairy Tours in action! We have not seen any of these photos or videos yet (5 months is a LONG wait!) but I hear they want to surprise us with them at the convention next week. On Tuesday night there will be a banquet where they will play each of the Member of Distinctions’ videos and display some photos.
I plan on documenting this upcoming Annual Meeting experience from my trusty iPhone to our Alpine Hills Dairy Farm Facebook page. To get in on the updates, visit www.fb.com/alpinedairy and “like” our page. 🙂
Here are some “behind the scenes” photos of our Member of Distinction experience so far……
Last month, my hubby surprised me by telling me he wanted to take me on a vacation, preferably a cruise – in, get this, TWO WEEKS! Wow, was I ever shocked! Of course that’s the way it goes with us working on a dairy farm. If we can get away (which we are blessed to be able to do occasionally since we share the workload with Matt’s parents) it’s usually on rather short notice.
We had never taken a cruise before so I jumped online right away to learn as much as I possibly could about cruises……so much to figure out! In a few days, we were able to find the cruise / flight combo we were looking for and book our 3 night cruise to the Bahamas leaving out of Miami, FL. Ahhhhh, we were sooooo excited! Much to my surprise I had no anxiety about being on the ship, even though the stories of the wrecked Costa Concordia filled the news. The flight to Miami was the most stressful part – I have flown probably 10 times in my life, but I’m just not a fan, UGH.
Hard to believe that it’s already over and we’ve been back 3 weeks now. Overall it was a very good first cruise experience and we are so blessed and thankful for the opportunity to go on this trip!