Will Gilmer Guest Lecture

A few weeks ago in my computer applications class, we had a guest lecturer by the name of Will Gilmer. Mr. Gilmer is a partner in the Gilmer Dairy Farm located in Lamar County Alabama. For his lecture he Skyped us and talk to us about his farm and his perspective on “agvocacy.” It was really neat to see and speak with someone who devotes his life and work to his farm and agvocacy. Agvocacy is something we have been focusing on all semester long in this class so I really enjoyed getting to see how he gets the word out about his farm beliefs. He also spoke to us about his daily routines and how he keeps up with everything, which includes several social media sites and a blog, which was very impressive!I never fully realized how much time and energy went into the farming industry and it gave you a new perspective on where your food products comes from. Mr. Gilmer was extremely informative and provided a lot of insight on the life of farmers. I would highly recommend checking out his blog and following him on Facebook and Twitter. You will learn a lot and will definitely get a kick out of some of his post!

Preparing for Finals

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I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!Although I had a lot of driving to do, it was so nice getting to visit with family and relax along with great food and an amazing weekend of football. As Thanksgiving break has come to a close, final exams are slowly creeping up on us. If you’re anything like me, I try to plan ahead so I don’t get caught eating one fast food meal a day because I get so caught up with my studies. It’s not healthy and I always feel terrible after so this semester I am determined to stock up early and have lots of brain food for next week! Today I have a stir fry that is delicious and is great to make in bulk so you can make it and then have leftovers throughout finals week. It’s filled with protein, fiber, and lots of veggies!Another great thing about this recipe is its so versatile. You can add whatever extra vegetables you’d like or change up the meat to your liking. I like to get some brown rice to serve this with as well.


Ingredients for Stir Fry:

2 cup broccoli florets, cut in half, see shopping tip

2 cups onion, diced

1 cup carrots, diced

5 cups cabbage, shredded

2 cups Chinese pea pods (snow peas) sliced in half

1¾ cups cooked chicken breast, diced

Cooking spray

1 tablespoon vegetable, canola or olive oil

3 tablespoons water for stir frying

Ingredients for Sauce:

⅓ cup plus reduced-sodium soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

3 tablespoons water

2 cloves garlic, mined

2 teaspoons ginger (from a jar), see shopping tip

Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

1. First prep all vegetables and dice the chicken. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, add all sauce ingredients and mix until well blended. Set aside.

3. Coat a large nonstick wok or pan with cooking spray. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in pan. 
Add broccoli, onions and carrots and water. Saute over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes until broccoli is soft. Add cabbage and chicken. Saute another 2 minutes until soft. Turn down to medium heat, stir in pea pods and sauce mixture. Stir fry for about 2 minutes until all heated through. Stir constantly to blend everything.

4. Store any leftovers in the fridge for a few days.

Makes 4 servings. (each serving, 2 cups)