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  • 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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The Beauty of Crimson Clover

by Brenda_Frketich on ‎05-14-2014 12:22 PM

The most "pretty" crop that we grow out here on our farm has to be crimson clover.  It's one of the first plants to come into bloom, and the colors are simply incredible!






It's not shocking that we have cars stop alongside the road to take photos of our fields this time of year.  Or you get photographers who stop to ask if they can have a family come out and get their family photos taken out in the dark red backdrop.




You just have to be careful of the bees, they are very busy pollenating for our seed crop with this beautiful weather!  You can see them buzzing around going every which way!




Although every now and again you get one bloom that is a bit confused...




Plus we get a beautiful view of Mt. Hood.  This photo is taken over a pea field, with a crimson field in the background and a spring wheat field after that, all with the mountain looking over.



on ‎05-25-2014 11:40 AM

It is beautiful. I saw my first crimson clover this spring near us but there were only a few strips and not a whole red field.