You can fix pretty much anything with duct tape and baling twine. December of 2015, Kathy and I put up our very first On Pasture sign at the National Grazing Lands Conference in Texas with a bunch of tape, some pins, and some PVC pipe. The whole kit and caboodle ran us about $30, and $25 of it was for the sign.
Sure, it tipped over a lot, but it was up and we were proud. When folks stopped by our booth, they posed in front of the sign, and those pictures were badges of honor.
The fix only lasts so long. The PVC connections got loose, the sign kept falling over, and we ended up taping the whole set up to the wall in Albuquerque at the Quivira Coalition Conference last November.
We’re here for the long haul, so we figured we might as well bite the bullet and invest in a sign that stays up and doesn’t have big PVC feet that Rachel trips over. That meant we had to design a new sign. The top half of the sign is filled with the On Pasture cow. The cow is made up of all the things we put into writing On Pasture. Right under that cow, it says” Sign here if you’re part of the On Pasture Community. And then, the bottom half of our sign is blank, or it was blank. Because a big part of On Pasture is all of you. And the past two weekends Rachel took it to the Vermont Grazing and Livestock Conference and then Winter Green Up in New York. And you signed it!
Most conference signs represent the folks standing behind the table. This sign represents you, the folks in front of the table and on the other end of every article.
You can fix everything with duct tape and baling twine. And, with a Sharpie, you can make your mark. We’re going to take this sign to future events, and if you haven’t signed it yet – come on over and sign the sign!
(By the way, it takes only 1 minute and 12 seconds to put up the new sign, and a minute flat to take it down.)