Not Giving Up...

Published on: 07:40AM Jan 13, 2011


I have a small family farm in Gervais, Oregon (Willamette Valley).  We struggle every day to keep the farm which was begun in 1850 by my great grandfather.  Farm Journal magazine, farm journal cook books and more recently the ag reports on rfd tv have been part of our lives. 
What I am writing about is that you are not producing a program that reaches the pacific northwest small farmers.  We are home to many many farmers on smaller tracts (ours is 140 acres) that could use attention.  We don't qualify for or, cant really use, much of what is available through the farm aid programs.  It feel as if we don't count.  Yet it is this small farmer that keeps the light burning. 
Please consider addressing shows that speak to the small land owner.  I don't consider us a hobby farm.   We have farmed everything from nuts and berries to dairy.  We run on strings because we can't afford to pay workers.  Yes giving up is not an option until the government rings the auction bell.
So...just a thought
Victoria Brown-Hodges
Brown Farm
Gervais, Oregon