Jesse and Karri Wieners | OYFR 2019

Jesse and Karri Wieners | OYFR 2019


– My mom and dad, neither
one of them are farmers. I don’t really know where that came from. It’s just something
that God ingrained in me from the very beginning, to be a farmer, to be a steward of the land. And it’s just something that I love, and I’ve just always pursued my dream. And this is where we’re at today. We grow cotton, wheat,
milo, corn, alfalfa. And then in the vegetables, we grow 20 different
varieties of vegetables, everything from cauliflower,
onions to sweet corn. We started growing vegetables in 2018. We added seed flower production
to our operation this year. We’re growing them for a
company out of Chicago. That company will take the seeds. They’ll place them in the paper packets, and then they’ll be distributed all over the United States
and all over the world. – I am a fifth-generation farmer. I grew up just right next door here. My dad farms, my grandpa
farms, my great-grandpa farmed. I’m just very lucky to get to continue to live that lifestyle and
raise our kids on the farm. I feel like Jesse and I, we’re kind of the rebels,
I guess, in the area. We are always looking for something new, something different, while still sticking to our basic rotations and crops. – In our area, as far as fresh vegetables, there’s not a lot of them. So wanting to take on that challenge and wanting to meet the demands of the consumers in our area, we decided that vegetables
would be a good fit. And it was something that we’re not relying on world trade with. I like growing what I can eat. Everything that we grow out here, I take home. My family eats it. You can’t beat the taste of walking out here,
picking the vegetables, taking the vegetables home to eat them. If we can have our vegetables
in the hands of the consumer within a couple of hours,
it’s a whole new taste. It’s a whole new experience for them. – We have our Life By The Acre page that I also help administrate. We are very passionate
about telling our story and about educating the public about agriculture and the truth behind it. It’s dangerous, what’s
happening right now, the things that people are
believing about their food. And we believe it’s our
job, our responsibility, to tell the truth and to show our story. We’ve definitely had our struggles, and we’ve had some tough years, but we have a passion
that can’t be stopped. I consider it a great honor to be able to pass on those same
values and that work ethic that I’ve gotten to see in my grandpa, in my dad, in my husband,
and now we’re getting to instill those same
things in our children. – I want my kids to pursue their dreams. This is a dream of mine
to be able to do this. And if my kids have other dreams, I want them to pursue those dreams. But absolutely, I think every farmer, every dad hopes to see the next generation take on what they’ve started.

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