Brenda Frketich is a third generation farmer from St. Paul, Oregon. She has been farming full time since 2006 and currently manages her family's 1000 acre farm. They raise grass seed, hazelnuts, clover, wheat and peas. She grew up on the farm but never thought that farming was what would be her future. She left her small town to Los Angeles to get a degree in Business. But after years of city living she realized farming was in her blood.
Brenda is very involved in many parts of her industry and community. She is a volunteer Firefighter and EMT in her small town. She is involved in Farm Bureau, is a Clover Commissioner, and always tries to find new ways to bridge the gap between her urban neighbors and her rural life of farming. One of the ways she does this is through this blog, and also her personal blog, www.Nuttygrass.com
Brenda is married to Matt Frketich who has also recently started to work with her on the farm. They have two dogs and are expecting their first baby in May 2014!
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I haven't posted too many "about our farm" posts lately. So I thought I would recap all of harvest. My excuse is that I had an infant this year during this busy season, which made it pretty hectic to get our lives together for any period of time long enough to actually type a blog post.
I feel as though I ask myself this question everyday now. Where has the time gone? And then I think back and I know exactly where it has gone. It has been eaten up by dirty diapers, late nights, long harvest days, cooking meals for the harvest crew, making lunches, doing book work, paying bills, staring at my little son, cleaning the house, greasing equipment, moving tractors, making plans for the farm, feeding Hoot...rinse and repeat! And all of these things bring a smile to my face.
Last night I realized that we have been harvesting for about a month and a half now, and I then quickly realized that it's ok that I'm feeling a bit worn and a lot tired. Even with this feeling though of weeks of long days in the field and long nights with an infant, I still can't help but love this time of year.
Harvest is by far the most rewarding time for me as a farmer. We work a whole year to keep our crop alive, we nurture it, feed it, and take as much care as possible. Then come summer we head out to the fields with the combine to see if our decisions that were made last October through June might have paid off. This year some did, some didn't, we don't talk too much about those that didn't. More just file them away in the "hey we tried that once" portion of our brains and move on. The good ideas though, those that worked, we mention those often, a few were so good we even high fived (because I am cheesey).
So if you ever think back and wonder where has the time gone, take a moment to really think about it. Remember all that good stuff and then go on enjoying the moment now.
This past Thursday we finally met our everyday miracle, Hoot Hammond Frketich!! He is an incredible little baby and while the whole past 9 months have proven not too much fun. All the sickness, all the work restrictions, all the transition...everyone who said it would be, you're all right...It's totally worth it all!!
Today is my due date, today is the day that while I'm looking outside and see it's raining, I think about how we are caught up on spraying and fertilizing; today would be a GREAT day for a farm girl like myself to have a baby.
I have to say that I don't always agree with things our President does or says. And because of that, I feel like this latest move deserves some good recognition on his behalf. On April 11, 2014, President Obama wrote a letter to the granddaughter of Norman Borlaug. In the letter he talked of Borlaug's many accomplishments, his success, and how even today his legacy is still strong and moving forward to help feed the world.
"The technilogical advances pioneered by Dr. Borlaug are a model of the American spirit of innovation and ingenuity. And above all, his support in investment in education and continued research in the biotechnology field are ispirational as we pursue develioping new products that can nourish the world's vast population...I share his belief that investment in enhanced biotechnology is an essential component of the solution to some of our planet's most pressing agricultural problems."
I think that this is such a positive step in the right direction and acknowledging that need all kinds of farmers to feed this world into the future. And no matter which side of the coin you are on biotechnology being used to grow your food, I think that we can all agree that future research and development of all kinds is essential to our ability to feed the growing population. As the saying goes, if you do what you have always done, you will always get the same result. So with a growing pressure on our Earth's natural resources, I think we all need to undertsand that it's going to take some more Dr. Borlaug's, some more support from the people of this nation, and continued hard work from our farmers out here standing in the soil to get it done.
I have realized that it's no small thing or something to take for granted when you get to a point in your life that you realize you are in a place where you were alwaysmeant to be. Lately that's how I have felt everytime I take a step out my back door, look on the land that my husband and I own and just take it all in.