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, crimson clover, wheat, vegetable seeds 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 farming with her. They also have a son, Hoot, and old hunting dog, Diesel and farm dog Yukon.
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This spring has been wild; and it isn't even officially spring yet! The weather is incredible, and all the crops and dirt are acting like March is nearing the end instead of just getting started. I had two calls this week that we need to plant both peas and cabbage sooner rather than later (with the subtle hint that sooner is ASAP). The ground where these crops are going on one field is bare dirt, on another covered in a cover crop of clover.
While the rest of the country seems to be under feet of snow, worrying about where they are going to put it all. Here in Oregon I don't think it could be more of the opposite. It's been sunny, warm, with a little rain here and there.
It's Valentine's Day, which means that I have beautiful roses on my dining room table, I have a delicious dinner planned tonight, and I'm excited to get dressed up for a dinner at home with the four men in my life. Yes, two dogs, Hoot, Matt and I have big plans to stay in tonight and just relax.
I have had this whole blog post in my head for the New Year. It has been rolling around and being edited for...what I thought was a few days. Until all the sudden I realized it's not just the middle of January, it's basically the end already. The New year, is about 21 days past new news. Which I suppose just goes to show how busy us farmers are, even when there's nothing to harvest. Even when the sun isn't always shining. The life of farming does not let us get lazy, not even close.
Now whether you grow Oregon hazelnuts or have lived your whole life thinking of them as filberts, there is a lot of pride around what we grow in our orchards here in the Willamette Valley. While the hazelnut doesn't have the is more the up and coming nut when compared to the almond or pastachio, we are working as an industry to make it more known and more common place.
I thought I would post something after all the drama of measure 92 had passed, but it's looking like that might be a bit longer than I had anticipated. We are headed to a recount that will be done by hand, to see if the 800 votes that the measure went down by will hold.
Happy Thanksgiving! I wanted to write to tell everyone to have a wonderful start to the holiday season. Personally I love this time of year because it means life on the farm is slowing down just a bit.
As a farmer today I think that we have a certain level of responsibility to the public. When I'm talking to farmers about this, I know it's frustrating, because in the end, we all just want to farm. It's what we love, out in the field is where we want to be and in the dirt is where we are comfortable. But today with such things like the Internet and social media, we have to step out of the dust, wipe the mud from our smart phones, and type a blog about what we are doing. Why? Because people who are eating the food that we are producing care, and they want to know what is going on from farm to fork.