Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Can you follow a farm on Twitter?

Of all the conferences that turn up in uptown Charlotte, the 2013 National Agvocacy 2.0 Conference certainly sounds intriguing: Hosted by the AgChat Foundation, it's focused on social media training for farmers.

More than 100 farmers from around the country are expected for two days of sessions on things like mastering the blog, Facebook, Twitter and the like. The keynote address is titled "Youtility: Smart Marketing Is About Help Not Hype." Participants include famrers like Wanda Patsche of Minnesota (@minnfarmer) and Brian Scott of Indiana (@thefarmerslife), a regular blogger for CNN's food site Eatocracy, who stirred up a comment storm in January when he wrote a post on his farm's relationship with Monsanto.

Of course, we've got plenty of farmers who are active in social media around here, from Dean Mullis' longtime newsletter that's excerpted in The Observer (find it at www.charlotteobserver.com/food) to the online reports from farms like A Way of Life and Gilcrest Farms.

While the breakout sessions aren't open to the public (or the media, for that matter), you can follow along on Twitter by checking the hashtag #ACFC13.

Farm Tweeting: I suppose you could say they're making hey while the sun shines.


Jan Hoadley said...

Thanks for the mention! Farms from all aspects are on social media.