Earlier this month I got to cover one of the most fun stories I’ve ever done!
The Pike County Farm-City Committee exists to increase awareness and bridge the gap between rural farm life and urban life in the community. One of the committee’s annual events is a Farm-City Swap where someone from the agricultural industry switches occupations with someone in a more urban career.
This year’s swap, the subject of my story, was between local farmer Mary DuBose and Troy University head women’s basketball coach Chanda Rigby.
DuBose coached the women’s basketball team during their exhibition game in Trojan Arena against Uninassau; after that, it was Rigby’s turn to head to the farm.
On the morning of Rigby’s part of the swap, Jahmal (my photog for the day) and I weren’t the only media personnel there. Professional reporters from Montgomery and Dothan were sent to cover the Swap as well as reporters for the local newspaper.
Members of the media piled into a pickup truck when it was time for everyone to leave the barn (our meeting place) to go check on the cows. There wasn’t enough room for Jahmal and I to ride inside the truck and we had to get to the cows somehow, so he and I tossed (and by tossed I mean gently placed) our equipment into the back of the truck and spent the morning riding down dirt roads in a truck bed.
We rode from the barn to the cow pasture, back toward the tractors, and then a few miles down the road to an open field; just two reporters and some pretty expensive equipment adapting to their environment to go get the story.
Trying new things in new places with new people is one of the best parts of my job. My experience on the farm was a blast, and I can’t wait to see where future stories will take me!