The purpose of the picnic was to share with a broad cross-section of folks just what we are trying to accomplish through our work as a non-profit land management foundation. Our treasurer, Marty Little, shared about our history and also about the charitable work we have been able to support over the past 3+ years, work that is being accomplished by organizations such as The Salvation Army, Youth for Christ, World Vision, Blessman Ministries, and JACOM.
I shared about specifics pertaining to what it means to have Growing Hope manage farmland for people or for the non-profits they are passionate about; particularly highlighting our commitment to conservation agriculture through the use of such things as waterways, tiling, and tillage practices.
And, the highlight of the evening was when our attorney, Scott Miller of Miller Legal, gave a presentation based on several real-life scenarios where Growing Hope Foundation could be a valuable tool for landowners who are in the estate planning process. Scott is both very knowledgeable in the area of estate planning, particularly with farmers, but also very approachable – a winning combination for a lawyer!
And, besides the presentations, there was much preparation that took place behind the scenes by all our board members to make the picnic what we have decided was a success. There was good food, good fellowship and beautiful weather. We made new friends that night, and had opportunity to reconnect with some old friends. We hope that everyone went away from the evening having a better grasp of what it means to be a non-profit land management foundation. And, of course, we do certainly hope that a good time was had by ALL, but at the very least, a good time was had by US!
Until next time,