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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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.
I think one of the hardest things for me to help people understand about farming is the absoute risk that it brings. Much of that risk is there because there are so many variables that we can't control. One of the main things I"m talking about here...the weather!
Our final harvest has begun and boy does it feel good to be on a solid homestretch to November...November means there is finally time to sit and have a cup of coffee without a million things to get done before the weather turns! I am looking forward to November!
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!!