farming & outdoors
Greg spent his favorite childhood summers at camp in Wisconsin. As an adult, he has visited &/or volunteered on farms in different communities. In 2015, he spent a weekend working on a farm in Wisconsin & another 2 days working at a vineyard and winery in California - to get a more meaningful glimpse of what life is like for those who work & live in those settings. He wrote a guest column for Wisconsin State Farmer about what he learned from his time on a farm. Greg has been invited to speak at events for people in this field (i.e. keynote speaker at Western United Dairymen's annual convention in California, the guest speaker at Illinois Senior Holstein Convention). The books based on Greg's story &/or companion workbooks &/or related posters have been used internally (ie with staff) or externally (ie with students) by farm & outdoor-related groups like Wisconsin Farm Bureau Foundation, California Milk Advisory Board (for its Dairy Princess program), Patch 22, Gathering Waters: Wisconsin's Alliance for Land Trusts, Kentucky Association for Environmental Education, The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Holstein Association, Dairy Business Association, Kentucky Rural Health Association, The Water Council, Wisconsin Soybean Association / Wisconsin Soybean Marketing Board and Legend Seeds. In another instance, Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation participated in The First Thirty Elevator Project. At a number of summer camps, all of the counselors or CIT's have received copies of the books.