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 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.
National Ag day was just this past Tuesday, and it also marked the 100th birthday of Norman Borlaug. Now if you haven't heard of this great man before, take some time to learn about what he has done for modern day agricluture. It's pretty impressive. So impressive it actually won him the Nobel Prize, and gave him the name of the Father of the Green revolution, not to mention a Congressional Gold Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom...the list goes on and on.
Last Saturday was International Women's Day. Now while I'm like probably a few of you over done by this whole National (insert any crazy thing you want here) Day. This one caught my eye. Not because I'm a huge femenist, I actually wouldn't really identify myself as one at all contrary to what many people might think (woman in a man's world and all).
Spring is one of my favorite times of year here at the farm. Usually because it leads up to my most favorite time which is summer harvest, but also because we can finally start to open the shop doors, let some winter air out of our bones and feel some sun on our face.