By Seth Estenson, NDFB Northeast Field Representative
The wheat has been harvested. The cows are still on grass. Loved ones are back in school, and the preparation for winter has begun on our farm. I am one of five kids. My parents would tell you it’s an extremely busy time of year. It’s a time when everyone pitches in, which is why it has always seemed like a “family” time of year.
Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to learn what “Farm Bureau Family” means. When I started as a new field representative for NDFB, I thought “Farm Bureau Family” was a cheesy corporate line. But it’s not. I can’t count the times Farm Bureau members have treated me like family. For me, this has always been the greatest benefit in the cost of a Farm Bureau membership. Being a member provides an opportunity to make these life-long relationships.
NDFB staff and state board, along with Foster County Farm Bureau and Nodak agent Chris Bichler, experienced the depth of that Farm Bureau family recently. The entire group was hosted by Woodward Farm near Cathay, N.D., owned and operated by Brenda Gorseth.
We were all treated to a prime rib dinner. The beef was raised by Foster County Farm Bureau board member Dan Beckley. Almost all the side dishes were grown on the Woodward farm. The next day, the NDFB Board of Directors and staff were welcomed into Brenda’s home and served a delicious breakfast, lunch and dessert during our board meeting.
These two days provided an opportunity to spend time with the engine that drives Farm Bureau; in my humble opinion, family. Members welcoming others into their homes and creating memories.
If you’d like to find out more about Brenda and Woodward farm, visit her website at www.woodwardfarm.com. She’s a remarkable NDFB county leader with a great family and a great business with great North Dakota products for sale. I’d like to personally extend my thanks to the Foster County Farm Bureau for this Farm Bureau experience!
NDFB truly is about family.