Family Friendly Farm

The Farmer

Matt spend his whole life dreaming of farming. As a youngster he would make tracks in the carpet as he planted his “fields” with his John Deere tractor. However, as he entered school he received the pat response “you don’t want to farm; your smart”. It seems there is an underlying premise that farmers aren’t smart.Or perhaps it is the concern that the hard work is too much.

Matthew carrying egg basket.

Matthew is a hard worker from morning to night. He loves that his work produces such good results and knows that people depend on him.

Either way, it doesn’t matter. He is exceedingly bright, loves farming and he loves hard work. He got his first job when he was just 14 on a neighbors farm. He continued to work on area farms big and small looking for ways to farm.

In Minnesota you don’t farm without a thousand acres you inherit and the hundred thousand dollar combine to go with it. He had no farm to inherit so he pushed his dreams aside and went to college. He pursued a career as an educator. After teaching high school science for one year he went on to graduate school at the University of Maryland where he received his degree in Analytical Chemistry with an emphasis in Environmental Chemistry. In 2003, he got a job teaching at Southeast Missouri State University. That was when his wife read a book by Joel Salatin and the farming inspiration was rekindled.

They bought a small property just outside of town, got a few hogs and hens later that year and Family Friendly Farm was born!

14 Responses to The Farmer

  1. What book was it that inspired you? Id like to check it out.

  2. Julie Anderson says:

    Matt & Rachel are the two most hard working and dedicated people I know! Some regrets about not keeping my goats anylonger, but otoh I have the most delicious milk right up the road from me and now I don’t have to do all the work.. and believe me it is a lot of work!

  3. Jennifer King says:

    Hey, Rachel, did you know that Arnold has a Farmers Market on the Fox Campus every Saturday morning 8-12noon? Its small, but growing gradually. I’ve seen maybe twenty different merchants, though not all on the same day. Don’t know if you’re interested in checking into the venue. Maybe check them out when you make your delivery in Arnold on the 4th.

    • Thank you for thinking of us.

      We found Farmers Markets are afraid of raw milk sales. Although raw milk and cream sales are legal, and so is delivery, the law does not specific where or how the sales is made. That leaves decision makers afraid.

  4. What a wonderful story. When you follow your heart and have a solid ‘foundation’ you will flourish and become a blessing to so many. I pray for your family farm to prosper and always enjoy any news I read online. You are living the life! God Bless, Terri S.

    • Thank you. We feel we can use food to minister to others by helping them improve their nutrition and (Lord willing) their health.

      Keep those prayers coming.

  5. Emily says:

    So proud of my big brother! Thanks for the update. Love you guys 🙂

  6. Great story. It’s always exciting finding God’s plan. 🙂 I have a minor in chemistry and believe me when I say, your husband is one smart guy.

    • God has been there every step of the way. He brought us to Missouri, picked out our house and grew the farm as He saw fit. We are blessed to be a part of the plan.

  7. Esther Ewert says:

    Neat article…and I signed up so I wouldn’t miss them on Facebook. Hope everyone is doing well there. Esther and Ted

    • Rachel Fasnacht says:

      Thank you Auntie Esther! We love to stay connected with you our family. So hard when you are far away.

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