Hello, everyone! Welcome to what I believe will be a pivotal year for the Association for Vascular Access (AVA). As 2019 AVA President, I am going to take my first opportunity in the Journal of the Association for Vascular Access (JAVA) to speak from my heart.

Our organization exists to protect the patient, educate the clinician, and save the line. Given the magnitude of vascular access devices placed annually and complications that result, our mission is just beginning.

Now you may be wondering about the title of this column. You need to know some things about me: I am an avid grower of vegetables and fruits. If my home had solar panels, it could almost be self-sustaining, but sun is a rarity for those of us living in the Northwest! Part of this self-sustenance is raising chickens, which my wife and...

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