Kindred Spirits across the Pond: A story of two Conservancies

I’ve been doing lots of interviews, talks, and promotions of #heritagebreedsweek ¬†for the last two weeks. As a historian and someone who loves to connect with personalities in history, I’ve been doing deep research again on some of the people upon whose shoulders we stand when we do our conservation work. On May 26 I put some of that information together for a short talk at my Athens Toastmasters meeting via Zoom. I made a…

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International Heritage Breeds Week 2020 and a History of Support

What is International Breeds Week? International Heritage Breeds Week is May 17-23 in 2020. This celebration, conceived by The Livestock Conservancy, is always the third full week in May. The history and purpose of the week are expounded here. The aim is to raise global awareness of endangered livestock breeds such as the Guinea Hog. The hashtag on social media is #HeritageBreedsWeek. The Conservancy, previously known as the American Minor Breeds Conservancy (AMBC) and the…

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Holiday Excitement!

Fall is such an energizing, beautiful season of the year, as we move from summer to autumn and head into winter. I have a lot to share with you about November events. Jeannette Beranger of The Livestock Conservancy came to Athens the weekend of November 15th for Heritage Days at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia UGA. Please consider joining this wonderful organization if you are not already a member. You can also give a…

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November is for Gratitude

It is mid-November! For some of us, we are having the peak of autumn colors and the constant falling of leaves. For others, the leaves are bare, temperatures below freezing, and snow is challenging both farmers and livestock. For my friends “down under,” it is the beginning of springtime. In America, it is the time that we gather our harvests, store food for the winter, slow down or stop our planting and harvesting, and give…

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