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My Daddy

Dad. Father. Papa. The one who holds the family together. Patriarch. Leader. Bear hugger. Most memorable laugher. Teacher of life lessons. The one who taught me to drive. Passion instiller. Farmer. Daddy. 

Dads are one of the most important people in our lives. My Dad meant so much to me. He was the reason I am who I am today. I remember from a young age farming with my dad. Driving around with him checking fields. I even had a small table in his office at the farm that I pretended to work just like him. He taught me so much about agriculture. He is the reason I love agriculture and farming. He gave me my passion for agriculture. He was so proud that my sister and I wanted to be involved in agriculture too. But he hated that I went to school so far away. And even though I didn’t come home to farm with him as planned, I married an almond farmer who he loved as his own son. 


It pains me to write about my Dad in past tense. There will be no more memories and future planning with my Dad. My…

The year of Family and Farming

Family and farming. Two of the most important things in my life. Two of the most time consuming things in my life. It should be of no surprise that this is what makes up my most popular blog posts of 2017.


2017 was filled with highs and lows, challenges, a new baby and new leadership duties. This year we welcomed our baby girl, Hazel, into the world. She is the greatest gift of the year, by far. Watching her grow and develop new traits everyday is one of the most rewarding things. Watching her in complete admiration towards her brother and also how much love her brother has for her, makes my heart warm. They truly are the reason I get out of bed every morning. And not just because they are my alarm clock.




Family is why we farm. And we farm for our family. So it was no surprise to me that my #2 and #3 most viewed posts for the year are centered around harvest on our farm. Harvest is in full swing shared the stages we take to get our fields harvest ready. It was a little more challeng…

Get your seat at the table, before you're on the menu

Be engaged, stay active, keep yourself aware. As farmers, we hear it all the time. We need to stay involved and keep ourselves up to date on everything. New regulations, incoming laws, restrictions, tax changes, there is always something that is changing that will affect our business and the way we farm.

If I have heard it once, I have heard it 100 times. "If you don't have a seat at the table, you will be on the menu". Farmers need to stay engaged in conversations outside our choir because if we don't, we will be on the agenda. Think about it. In your personal life, would you rather be present for a critique of your work or be talked about behind your back. I would rather be present to defend myself or to just say my opinion or fact check the story.


I have met many that prefer to just stand back and observe or stay out of the lime light and many times those people have a lot to lose. It may seem like the safe way out. However, if you think you are staying out of i…