Almost half-way through the semester!

Wow!  It’s been pretty quiet around here on the blog.  As you may know, the academic year at Purdue launched on August 22.  Classes, meetings, research, writing proposals, and reading… these are the things which are filling the days of us folks in the Ag Comm office.

Suffice it to say, when I stopped and counted up how many weeks we are into the semester, I was amazed to discover today marks the end of week six.

About a month ago, Lisa mentioned a series we were planning titled “Life on a Plate.”  Rest assured, that little series has not been forgotten.  I’ve put some thought into what my plate should look like and I thought I could give you a preview today.

  • My beverage is a drink I’ve enjoyed on four different continents and in eight or so different countries.
  • My vegetable is something my mom makes every year around this time… it’s purple and I like it cooked with apple cider vinegar and brown sugar.
  • My protein is definitely meat!  I prepare this dish in my slow cooker with lots of herbs and garlic.
  • My fruit… well, they come in all different colors and textures.  I love them because they affirm the value eating in season and enjoying the sweetness of nature.
  • My grain is something I bake regularly.  I’ve tried all different types too… light, dark, 1/2 & 1/2.

Looking forward to continuing this little series with you!

–Abigail Maurer, Ag Comm Junior and Research Assistant

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An insider look inside the labyrith

It’s been quite some time since I’ve blogged here, but I just wanted to catch you up on what’s new in the labyrinth, a.k.a. the ag comm office.

1. Road Trips:  Dr. Tucker, Abby, two grad students- Roy and Fally- and I headed to Wooster (pronouced Wu-ster), Ohio for a meeting with the Ohio State contingency of this research projects.  Highlights of the eventful trip included the realization that we are starting a 4,000 consumer survey, looking in every small town in eastern Indiana for an ice cream shop, and a scantily clad man walking down the hotel hallway.  And, of greater importance to the project: Abby and I presented our team’s research!  Though it looked for a bit like we’d have to change our entire game plan, we are back on track!

2.  Team Meetings: Every few weeks we get together to discuss new things and directions for our projects.  We are making progress! I get insanely excited about the potential of a sticker that reminds people to wash their vegetables.  We always have food at these meetings, which leads me to my next point.

Life on Plate/Life on a Plate: Purdue Ag Comm's response to MyPlate.gov

3. Upcoming blog series: At our next meeting, we will be featuring “Life on a Plate,” (Loap according to Abigail, LoP in Dr. T’s mind).  5 items, including a beverage that describe our lives.  Dr. Tucker says he has his menu almost planned.  The first installment will likely come the last week of August; check back!

4.  Classes start next week: Wow, none of us are sure how that happened!  By the way, after taking a somewhat roundabout approach to my college education, I’ll be in both the Freshman class (152) and the Senior one (480), so I’m sure I’ll meet some of you there!

~Lisa Schluttenhofer, Summer Research Assistant