“Our Ag Story, What’s Yours?”

img_7366A few weeks ago I wrote about how my “business attire” wardrobe may not be as extensive as my non-farmer friends.  Considering as farmers, Shelly Davis and I both wore the same EXACT outfits as the last time we dressed up together…oops!  But the I have to say I really enjoyed everything from the prep for this talk to the actual end result of our keynote for the Dunn Carney Ag Summit entitled, “Our Ag Story, What’s Yours?”.

Shelly shared our transcript on her blog last week, so if you’re interested please click here, or head over to Daughter of a Trucker’s blog to see what we said.

If you’re more of a video type, I have uploaded from Facebook live onto YouTube our keynote.  It’s not great audio, and it is in two parts because the WiFi was being funky.  So if you are patient and you have a low tolerance for video quality, the message is still (in my humble opinion) top notch and spot on!

Part One….

Part Two…

I’ll leave you with this last thought from Shelly,

“The point is advocating on behalf of the entire agriculture industry can be exhausting and take up too much time.  You do it, I do it, we do it because it benefits us, our farm, and more importantly our future farm.”


Ask A Farmer at the Smithsonian

It was a LONG time ago that dad and I took off for a very quick (less than 36 hr) trip back to Washington DC to speak at the Smithsonian Museum for Ask a Farmer.  It was for the US Farmer and Rancher Alliance event, discussing food through history!  And here…finally I have the video from that day!

The panel was all about generational farming.  I was lucky to sit on the stage with a group of awesome farmers!  Check it out if you have time!  And feel free to share so more people can hear from some of us long time generational farmers!

St. Paul Mission Historical Society Event

St. Paul, Oregon has a long history not just of farming but also of family, friends, and traditions.

I have been asked to come and speak during the annual meeting of the St. Paul Mission Historical Society this year (below is a copy of their newsletter that holds all the details).


I’m very excited about this chance and have been thinking about what to talk about for awhile. I think I’m narrowing in on a little of my family history here as farmers, along with some good stories about how the women before me may not have had the title as farmer, but worked just as hard.

gpa & gma kirschMy sister and I with our Grandpa & Grandma Kirsch…St. Paul Farmers.

So I would like to extend an invite to anyone who is interested to come and say hi. All I ask is that you keep in mind that I’m a farmer not a public speaker. But I’m hoping it will be worth your time to come and learn about where I come from.

Here are a few of the details:  The Annual Meeting of the St. Paul Mission Historical Society will be held on Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at the St. Paul Fire District office located in St. Paul. A light brunch will be provided at no charge. In order to provide an accurate head count, please RSVP to mernst@mtangel.net or 503.845.6208 and leave a message.