Target & Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry: Farmer Profile #5
A portion of Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry ingredients come straight from small American Farms. And we also give back a percentage of profits to innovative small farms. We're super grateful to have Target as our exclusive retail partner as we work to get more small farms incorporated into our nation's food supply.
Read more below about one of the amazing farmers who grow ingredients for our products:
Name of Farm: Cornerstone Farms Joint Venture
Location: b/w Enterprise & Joseph, OR
Farmer(s): Kurt and Heather Melville
Years in operation: 5
Type of Farm: Wheat
Which Beekman 1802 Farm Pantry Products are your crops used in?: Sour Cream Crumble Cake
Being a small farmer is a tough job, why do you do it?: For me, having my parents always speak positively about farming even during the hard times and the long hours set a framework to my life that allows me to see all the effort as rewarding. It is more than just a job. I see the positive attributes of working with my family, seeing my children work with me and learning to problem solve at young ages. Yes, running a small farm is hard work and often full of different stress points every day, but the positive components of working in nature and with people you love overcomes these obstacles.
When was the last time you took a vacation?: From late March through late September, we often see very little more than one or two days in a row that we get away from the farm. Once we start field work in the spring and continue with irrigation, haying, more haying, more irrigation and then finish with harvest, multi day vacations are hard to make happen. We rarely have weekends off. Fortunately we find time for short picnics and family. Breaks are measured in hours, but we capitalize on those precious hours all summer long. We try to take a family vacation each fall after the busy summer and harvest.
Where can people learn more about your farm?: www.shepherdsgrain.com. Kurt & Heather are members of Shepherd’s Grain, a cooperative of family farms dedicated to sustainable farming and good stewardship for over 13 years.